Mr. Guterres flew into Istanbul on Saturday morning from Chisinau, Moldova – the place he was hosted for a working dinner with President Maia Sandu the earlier night – and boarded a pilot boat within the Sea of Marmara, the place he sailed subsequent to the M/V Courageous Commander, the World Meals Programme (WFP) ship which picked up greater than 23,000 of wheat within the port of Yuzhny/Pivdennyi, earlier than making her method to ship the dear cargo to the Horn of Africa, to assist folks on the verge of famine.
The Secretary-Genera, together with a gaggle of inspectors from the Black Sea Grain Initiative UN Joint Coordination Centre for the Initiative (JCC), additionally boarded the vessel SSI INVINCIBLE II. The ship is on its method to Chornomorsk in Ukraine to load near 50,000 tonnes of grain – the most important cargo to go away Ukraine for the reason that begin of the struggle.
Joined by the Turkish Minister of Defence, Hulusi Akar, the Secretary-Basic toured the Joint Coordination Heart. He met the Russian and Ukrainian delegations to the JCC individually, after which for an official session of the JCC, the place he thanked the entire members for his or her professionalism and humanity in making certain that this initiative is successful for folks world wide.
Pivotal position of Türkiye
In a press convention with Minister Akar, the Secretary-Basic thanked the federal government of Türkiye for his or her pivotal position within the Black Sea Grain Initiative.
The collaborative work of the groups sitting across the desk on the JCC embodies what we are able to obtain with political will, high operational experience, and collective effort, Mr. Guterres advised journalists.
He described the ships that he had simply seen within the Marmara Sea and Istanbul is just the extra seen a part of the answer. The opposite a part of this package deal deal, he stated, is the unimpeded entry to the worldwide markets of Russian meals and fertilizer, which aren’t topic to sanctions.
“With out fertilizer in 2022, there might not be sufficient meals in 2023,” stated Mr. Guterres. “Getting extra meals and fertilizer out of Ukraine and Russia is crucial to additional calm commodity markets and decrease costs for shoppers.”
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Ukraine’s contribution to human rights
The Secretary-Basic’s journey started on Wednesday, 17 August , when he arrived in Lviv, Ukraine, having travelled from New York by way of Warsaw, Poland.
Previous to a trilateral assembly with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and President of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Türkiye, the Secretary-Basic briefly visited the Ivan Franko Nationwide College of Lviv.
He was greeted, and given a tour, by Volodymyr Melnyk, the rector of the college, which is taken into account a centre for the research of human rights.
Mr. Melnyk defined the essential contributions to the world’s science, worldwide regulation and diplomacy made by the college and its students. One of many graduates of the Faculty of Worldwide Legislation, Louis Son, is co-author of the UN Constitution and Raphael Lemkin, one other graduate, coined the time period genocide.
College students from this College had been later judges within the Worldwide Prison Court docket or nominated to Nobel Prizes, together with Jan Karski, the well-known Polish diplomat who alerted the world to the on-going holocaust throughout World Struggle II.
Talking to reporters afterwards, the Secretary-Basic famous the hyperlinks between the United Nations and the college including that in the present day “an increasing number of the contribution of civil society and the contribution of academia are important within the improvement of recent democracies.”
‘Full solidarity with the Ukrainian folks’
So shifting to see in Istanbul the @WFP ship Courageous Commander loaded with tonnes of Ukrainian wheat destined for a lot wanted starvation reduction within the Horn of Africa. I salute all these concerned on this wonderful humanitarian operation. pic.twitter.com/MqUuK98sCY
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 20, 2022
In his remarks to the press after the trilateral assembly, the Secretary-Basic, reiterated that the United Nations will go on working in full solidarity with the Ukrainian folks to mobilize all of its capacities and sources – alongside nationwide companions – to proceed to supply humanitarian assist to folks in want wherever it’s required.
He additionally underscored that the optimistic momentum on the meals entrance displays a victory for diplomacy and multilateralism. Getting meals and fertilizer out of Ukraine and Russia in bigger portions is essential to additional calm commodity markets and decrease costs. “It’s important to supply reduction to probably the most weak folks and international locations,” he added.
The Secretary-Basic stated he had mentioned the investigation of the tragic incident in a detention facility in Olenivka, japanese Ukraine, on 29 July, during which greater than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of struggle had been killed in a blast.
Mr. Guterres introduced that he’s appointing Basic Carlos dos Santos Cruz of Brazil to guide a fact-finding mission into the killings. To ensure that the mission to work, he advised the press, it must have the required assurances to ensure safe entry to the location and some other related places. To place it merely, the Secretary-Basic stated, a fact-finding mission should be free to seek out the info.
The UN chief is on his method again to New York.