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09-Feb-2016 00:03:17
United Nations Secretary-General today told member States that the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which will take place in May this year in Istanbul, “is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment” to reduce people’s suffering and vulnerability. UNIFEED-UNTV / FILE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV / FILE
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 9 FEBRUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
SHOTLIST
RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

9 FEBRUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, conference room
3. Med shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The Summit is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment.”
5. Wide shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The scale of the humanitarian needs at this time is just extraordinary. Therefore we really need to show our strong support. That is why for the first time in 70 years of history of the United Nations we have to convene this World Humanitarian Summit.”
7. Wide shot, delegates
8. Wide shot, press conference room USG Stephen O’Brien walks in
9. Wide shot, dais and presser
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“We want –first of all- as per tomorrow as a strategic case we want to reduce the amount of suffering and if you are going to do that, you have to reduce the demand rather than simply continue to have to try to meet the escalating amount of humanitarian need that there is around the world.”
11. Med shot, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“It is absolutely clear that we need to continue to stress that the hightest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop, and secondly to ensure that the border is open for people to be able to cross and for supplies to be able to get in and continue to supply those in Aleppo city area and its immediate environs .”
13. Wide shot, presser
14. Med shot, USG O’Brien speaking in an interview
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“It’s vital that youth who are the next generation are inspired to get behind the agenda for humanity and so they are being given a very prominent and real place in this World Humanitarian Summit, as indeed they have been through huge number of consultations we had right around the world in eight regions youth has been invited has been very much participants, will be listened carefully to their ambitions, and their aspirations, what they want to do about making sure we live in a more stable, peaceful and humane world.”

FILE – UNICEF - OCTOBER 2015, LESBOS, GREECE

16. Med shot, refugees arriving on dingy to an island

FILE – UNICEF - 03 OCTOBER 2015, GREECE-MACEDONIA BORDER

17. Med shot, refugees walking north

FILE – UNICEF - 16 MARCH 2015, ALEPPO, SYRIA

18. Close-up, extremely malnourished baby being screened with MUAC (Mid-Upper Arm Circumference)
19. Med shot, extremely malnourished baby being held
20. Close-up, extremely malnourished baby being fed RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods)

FILE – UNICEF - 16 MAY 2015, SANA’A, YEMEN

21. Wide shot, smoke rising over city

FILE – UNICEF - 29 JULY 2015, SANA’A YEMEN

22. Close-up, extremely malnourished baby

FILE – UNICEF - 24 JUNE 2015, GAZA, STATE OF PALESTINE

23. Wide shot, children playing outside bombed out building
STORYLINE
United Nations Secretary-General today (9 Feb) launched his report called One Humanity: Shared Responsibility ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which will take place on May 23rd and 24th in Istanbul, Turkey.

Speaking to Member States, Ban Ki-moon said the Summit “is an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment” to reduce people’s suffering and vulnerability.

He added that no-one in conflict, no-one in chronic poverty and no-one living with the risk of natural hazards and rising sea levels must be left behind.

Ban also said, “the scale of the humanitarian needs at this time is just extraordinary. Therefore we really need to show our strong support. That is why for the first time in 70 years of history of the United Nations we have to convene this World Humanitarian Summit.”

The Secretary-General’s report provided core responsibilities for action – it urged leaders to assume their responsibility to prevent and end conflicts; and called on States to affirm their responsibility to uphold the norms that safeguard humanity.

The document also underscored the need to focus delivering aid to ending need; and called for more investment in humanity, including enhancing local capacities, reducing risk and building effective and inclusive institutions.

Following the launch, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Stephen O’Brien, told reporters first of all “we want to reduce the amount of suffering and if you are going to do that, you have to reduce the demand rather than simply continue to have to try to meet the escalating amount of humanitarian need that there is around the world.” He noted that the political will is crucial to achieve this goal.

Asked about the latest on the situation in Syria, O’Brien expressed his grave concerned about the humanitarian situation in Aleppo.

He told reporters, “It is absolutely clear that we need to continue to stress that the highest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop, and secondly to ensure that the border is open for people to be able to cross and for supplies to be able to get in and continue to supply those in Aleppo city area and its immediate environs.”

In an interview at the UN Headquarters after the press conference, the UN top humanitarian official stressed the role of youth in supporting humanitarian activities.

He said, “It’s vital that youth -who are the next generation- are inspired to get behind the agenda for humanity and so they are being given a very prominent and real place in this World Humanitarian Summit.”

O’Brien also noted that youth “will be listened carefully to their ambitions, and their aspirations, what they want to do about making sure we live in a more stable, peaceful and humane world.”

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit is a call to action by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reduce human loss and suffering from crises. The Summit will take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016.

The Summit will set an agenda for change to make humanitarian action fit for the great challenges the world faces now and in the future.
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