US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on countries to do more to respond to the food insecurity crisis, saying “action is crucial,” at a World Summit on Food Security held during the General Assembly from the ONU.
“Some countries with the ability to do more are among those that do less. That has to change,” Blinken said, without naming names. “And no matter what countries have done so far, all countries are called to do more.”
He said President Joe Biden would announce new US assistance on Wednesday.
Blinken called for a strengthening of global food systems to increase the capacity of countries to respond to the impacts and effects of the climate crisis. He said the US government will work with Congress over the next five years to invest more than $11 billion toward this goal.
Intermittent also called for an extension of the agreement to allow Ukrainian grain to transit the Black Seawhich will expire in mid-November.
Blinken noted that the Ukraine-Russia deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey, “should never have been necessary in the first place,” but was necessary after Russia blocked thousands of tons of grain in Ukrainian ports. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently suggested that he might withdraw from the deal.
“It must continue, it must be renewed, that is urgent,” Blinken said.