UN Secretary-General’s Spokesperson – on inauguration of Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on the inauguration of the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul

The Secretary-General warmly welcomes the official inauguration of the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Istanbul today. The JCC is comprised of senior representatives of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Türkiye and the United Nations.

The Secretary-General is grateful to Türkiye for providing the Parties and the United Nations with a platform to help operationalize the Black Sea Grain Initiative. He thanks the Russian Federation and Ukraine for nominating and quickly sending their senior representatives to Istanbul.

He underscores the importance of the Parties working in partnership directly to effectively implement the Black Sea Grain Initiative, with a view to reducing global food insecurity.

The work of the JCC will enable the safe transportation, by merchant ships, of grain and related foodstuffs and fertilizers from three key Ukrainian ports in the Black Sea to the rest of the world. This will help to effectively respond to and prevent rising global food insecurity.

Together with the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Russian Federation and the Secretariat of the United Nations on promoting the access of Russian food products and fertilizers to world markets, it will help reinstate confidence in the global food market and reduce food prices from their current levels.

Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General
New York, 27 July 2022