UN / GA 72 OPENING LAJCAK

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At the opening today of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, its new president Miroslav Lajcak, of Slovakia, said that the coming session will see a year of UN reforms and reaffirming commitments that were previously made. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

12 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Close up, Lajcak striking the gavel
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNBITE (English) , Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly:
“Reforms will, indeed, mean something new. They will allow the UN to work in a way it never has before. However, reforms will also represent follow-up. The UN today looks very different from that which was established in 1945. This organization has been reforming and evolving over the years. We have seen this through the General Assembly’s revitalization process. We must thus see UN reforms as an opportunity to contribute to an ongoing process - but with a fresh outlook.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“People around the world are rightly demanding change and looking for governments and institutions to deliver. We all agree that the United Nations must do even more to adapt and deliver. That is the aim of the reform proposals that this Assembly will consider.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly
9. Wide shot, Lajcak walking to podium
10. Close up, camera
11. SOUNBITE (English) , Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly:
The United Nations, logically is the only platform that can provide these global answers to the issue of migration, to offer a global governance. Because migration is a reality, migration is here to stay for many years, and it has been here with us, so I really hope we will be able to present a document that will show a clear direction and to be accepted by the wide public.”
12. Wide shot, Lajcak leaving the podium

STORYLINE:

At the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly today (12 Sep), its new president Miroslav Lajcak, of Slovakia, said that the coming session will see a year of UN reforms and reaffirming commitments that were previously made.

On UN reforms, Lajcak said “this organization has been reforming and evolving over the years. We have seen this through the General Assembly’s revitalization process. We must thus see UN reforms as an opportunity to contribute to an ongoing process - but with a fresh outlook.”

Addressing the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the new president and looked forward to working together for the progress on all areas of work.

Guterres said “people around the world are rightly demanding change and looking for governments and institutions to deliver. We all agree that the United Nations must do even more to adapt and deliver. That is the aim of the reform proposals that this Assembly will consider."

Later speaking to reporters outside the General Assembly, the GA new president was asked about the negotiation of the first inter-governmental compact on migration. Lajcak answered “the United Nations, logically is the only platform that can provide these global answers to the issue of migration, to offer a global governance,” adding that he hopes the document will “show a clear direction and to be accepted by the wide public.”

Some of Lajcak’s priorities during his term are peace, avoiding of conflicts, migration, keeping the momentum of the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change.

He said the 72nd session will see the first negotiation of the first inter-governmental compact on migration, the first agreement on the elimination of nuclear weapons, and the first international compact of eliminating sexual exploitation and abuse in peacekeeping.
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