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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres displays images of a Ukrainian grain cargo ship as he addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on September 20 . (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

During an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, UN chief António Guterres used the description of a ship carrying Ukrainian grain to Africa as a « symbol of this what the world can achieve when we act together ».

« He walked through a war zone – guided by the very parties to the conflict – as part of an unprecedented global initiative to get more food and fertilizer out of Ukraine and Russia, » he said. he declared.

At the end of August, after 14 days at sea, a cargo of 23,000 tons of wheat arrived on the MV Brave Commander in the Horn of Africa to support the United Nations World Food Programme. After Russia blocked Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, the UN and Turkey helped broker a deal to get grain out of Ukraine.

“Some might call it a miracle at sea. In truth, it is multilateral diplomacy in action,” added António Guterres.

« The Black Sea Grain Initiative has paved the way for the safe navigation of dozens of ships full of much-needed supplies. But each ship also carries one of today’s rarest commodities: hope. « , did he declare.

But beyond hope, action is needed to stabilize the global fertilizer market, Guterres said.

“It is essential to continue to remove all remaining obstacles to the export of Russian fertilizers and their ingredients, including ammonia. These products are not subject to sanctions – and we are progressing in eliminating the effects indirect,” he said.

« If we don’t act now, the global fertilizer shortage will quickly turn into a global food shortage, » he warned.

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