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(Continued) Famine and Conflict-Induced Global Food Insecurity 
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In All-Day Debate, Speakers Call for Unity Tackling Global Hunger, Urge Russian Federation to Re-join Black Sea Grain Initiative.

Adopting a presidential statement today, the Security Council reiterated its commitment to address conflict-induced food insecurity in situations of armed conflict during a day-long open debate on the matter, in which 80 speakers voiced alarm and urged unity to address the growing scale of food insecurity and human suffering due to conflict and violence.

By the text (to be issued as document S/PRST/2023/4), the 15-nation organ expressed concern over the growing number of armed conflicts in different geographic areas around the world. It reiterated the need to break the vicious cycle between armed conflict and food insecurity and took note that, in 2022, armed conflict was the most significant driver of high levels of acute food insecurity for roughly 117 million people in 19 countries and territories.

The Council also condemned the use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare, which is prohibited by international humanitarian law, and the unlawful denial of humanitarian access and depriving civilians of objects indispensable to their survival. It called on all parties to armed conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

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