UN Secretary General urges governments to tax ‘immoral’ oil profits

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks through the 2022 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on the United Nations in New York City on August 1, 2022.

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WASHINGTON — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged governments on Wednesday to tax extreme oil and fuel profits because the world grapples with an power disaster triggered partly, by Russia’s warfare in Ukraine.

“It is immoral for oil and gas companies to be making record profits from this energy crisis on the backs of the poorest people and communities,” Guterres stated in a speech earlier than the worldwide discussion board.

He added that the funds, which equate to $100 billion within the first quarter of this 12 months ought to as an alternative be used to assist susceptible communities.

“This grotesque greed is punishing the poorest and most vulnerable people while destroying our only home,” Guterres stated, calling for governments to additionally deal with the mounting local weather disaster.

He additionally urged governments to ramp up and diversify provide chains for uncooked supplies and renewable power applied sciences whereas eliminating bureaucratic crimson tape across the power transition.

“Every country is part of this energy crisis,” Guterres stated.

Guterres additionally stated that the implications of the Kremlin’s warfare have prolonged past a budding power disaster and have additionally exacerbated international meals insecurity and crippling debt around the globe, however particularly in creating international locations.

“Many developing countries drowning in debt, without access to finance and struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic could go over the brink, Guterres warned. “We are already seeing the warning indicators of a wave of financial, social and political upheaval that would depart no nation untouched,” he added.

The U.N. chief introduced the institution of the Global Crisis Response Group aimed toward coordinating international options to the triple disaster of meals, power and finance.

Guterres’ feedback come as the primary vessel carrying Ukrainian agricultural items departs from the Black Sea, a major step in addressing the mounting meals disaster provoked by Russia’s naval blockade of Ukrainian ports sprinkled alongside the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

In July, representatives from the U.N., Turkey, Russia and Ukraine signed an settlement to reopen three Ukrainian ports, an obvious breakthrough because the Kremlin’s warfare on its ex-Soviet neighbor marches into its fifth month.

Less than 24 hours after the deal was signed although, Russian missiles rained down on Odesa, Ukraine’s largest port. World leaders swiftly condemned the Kremlin’s missile strike on Odesa, one other anxious flip in fruitless efforts to mitigate a mounting international meals disaster.

Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov instructed NBC News on Monday that the vessel is anticipated to attain Tripoli, Lebanon in two days.

Kubrakov additionally stated that 16 ships are prepared to go, however that solely three vessels will go away the port every day for the following two weeks. He added that within the subsequent two months, Ukraine hopes to export up to 3 million tons of grain and different agricultural items by sea per thirty days.

Before Russia’s invasion, Ukraine exported 5 million to 7 million tons per thirty days.

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