India raises energy, food security concerns at UN

India voiced its growing concern about energy and food security around the world due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Addressing a UN Security Council (UNSC) debate on Ukraine, India's top ambassador to the UN, underscored the adverse impact of the Ukraine conflict, especially the developing countries.

"The impact of the Ukraine conflict is not just limited to Europe, but Global South is especially facing serious economic consequences. We are seeing the growing concern on energy and food security from the conflict after severe stress due to the pandemic," said India's Permanent Representative to UN Ruchira Kamboj.

"We very much hope that UN facilitated Black Sea grains and fertiliser package deal will be renewed in the coming days and that this will be implemented by all parties earnestly in all aspects," she added.

The latest UNSC briefing comes as millions of people in Ukraine are without electricity, water or heating today following a wave of missile attacks that hit critical infrastructure in at least 16 of the country's 24 regions, and in the capital Kyiv.

The damage to civilian infrastructure comes at a critical time when the temperature is dropping below zero, raising concerns about a serious humanitarian crisis during the harsh Ukrainian winter if people are unable to heat their homes.


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