UN / BAN ON PARIS AGREEMENT

14-Dec-2015 00:02:49
The United Nations Secretary-General Monday told reporters in New York the Paris Agreement on climate change “is a health insurance policy for the planet.” UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / BAN ON PARIS AGREEMENT
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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1. Wide shot, exterior of the UN Headquarters

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2. Pan left, Ban coming to the stakeout

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3. Close up, camera

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The countries of the world have made a historic choice. They have unanimously decided to work as one to rise to the defining challenge of our times. The Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism. It is a health insurance policy for the planet. It is the most significant action in years to uphold our Charter mandate to ‘save succeeding generations’".

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5. Close up, notepad

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“This is ambitious -- strong. In terms of ambition, it has agreed, people have agreed to contain the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees, and we will continue to strive to beat this -- even 1.5 degrees Celsius. This is a very ambitious target at this time. And it has also very strong accountability and transparency. They have agreed to have a five-year cycle review. This will help. The parties to this Convention and Paris agreement will be monitored regularly.”
7. Med shot, Ban listening questions at the stakeout
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“As a first step in implementing this agreement, I’ll convene, as requested by the agreement and by the Convention on 22 April, next year, a signing ceremony, a high-level signing ceremony. I'll invite as soon as possible to world leaders to come to the United Nations to sign this one, because this will be the first day of a universal climate change agreement. Then, in May, early May, we are now planning to have a big gathering of government, business and civil society action summit. That will be on 5-6 May. We are now trying to organize how this can be done.”

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9. Close up, camera

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10. Pan right, Secretary-General leaving the stakeout
STORYLINE
Calling the Paris Agreement on climate change “a health insurance policy for the planet,” United Nations Secretary-General said today (14 Dec) he never lost faith over his nine years in office that the international community could rise to the challenge and take steps to curb emission and boost climate-resilient growth.

“The countries of the world have made a historic choice,” he told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on his return from attending the so-called COP21 conference in Paris, as he called on Governments to put their pledges into action.

“They have unanimously decided to work as one to rise to the defining challenge of our times. The Paris Agreement is a victory for people, for the common good, and for multilateralism.
“It is a health insurance policy for the planet. It is the most significant action in years to uphold our Charter mandate to ‘save succeeding generations.’ For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change.”

The 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Saturday adopted the Paris Agreement after two weeks of intensive negotiations at the summit.

The accord covers all crucial areas identified as essential for a landmark conclusion: mitigation – reducing emissions fast enough to achieve the temperature goal; a transparency system and global stock-take – accounting for climate action; adaptation – strengthening ability of countries to deal with climate impacts; loss and damage – strengthening ability to recover from climate impacts; and support – including finance, for nations to build clean, resilient futures.

Ban said it embodies a successful new approach to global cooperation on climate change, with countries acknowledging that their national interest is best served by acting for the common good by transforming the global economy to low-emission, climate-resilient growth.

“It marks a decisive turning point in the global quest for a safer, more sustainable and prosperous future,” he stressed. “It will save lives, improve human well-being and promote more peaceful, stable societies.”

He highlighted the agreement as one of his top priorities since the day he became UN Secretary-General. “For nine years, I have spoken repeatedly with nearly every world leader about how the growing human imprint on the planet threatens our lives, our economies, our security and our survival. I have mobilized business and engaged civil society.

“I have never lost faith that the international community could rise to the climate challenge. Now I count on Governments, and all sectors of society, to turn these commitments into urgent, decisive action,” he concluded.
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