Minister Joly to travel to New York to highlight Global Food Security challenges

News release

May 18, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The consequences of President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine are far-reaching and significant. Among the most widely felt effects is the inflation of food prices and its impact on the most vulnerable people around the world, especially women and girls.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will be travelling to New York City, United States, from May 18 to 19, for meetings at the United Nations Headquarters and with other foreign ministers to discuss a coordinated response to the global food security crisis.

Minister Joly will participate in the Global Food Security Call to Action, hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and will meet with a number of her counterparts to help mobilize action to address and mitigate the worst impacts of the global food security crisis resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. At the United Nations, she will meet with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and other senior UN officials. Minister Joly will also participate in a United Nations Security Council open debate on the nexus between conflict and food security, during which she will highlight the need to find long-term solutions to break the cycle of poverty, hunger, and conflict, and to increase resilience, especially in the least-developed countries.


“The impacts of the Russian regime’s invasion of Ukraine are being felt across the world, particularly among the most vulnerable countries. Canada is determined to work with our allies to find real solutions to help mitigate the food security crisis, and help strengthen the resilience of agriculture and food systems.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Russia’s war in Ukraine is expected to significantly aggravate existing world food price inflation, contributing to higher prices and worsening global food security. The impacts on global food systems will be felt more strongly by the most vulnerable, including those already facing humanitarian crises.

  • In 2020-21, Canada disbursed $829 million in international assistance for agriculture and food systems, including a significant focus on climate action and resilience. This is Canada’s highest disbursement to agriculture in the past 20 years.

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