GA / SG CANDIDATE GEORGIEVA WRAP

03-Oct-2016 00:03:31
In her bid to lead the Organization, Kristalina Georgieva said the United Nations “must demonstrate its own power to reform, to be innovative, to be effective” and “its people also must better reflect the world as it is.” The candidate for UN Secretary-General vowed she would double the number women in senior positions in two years if elected. UNIFEED
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STORY: GA / SG CANDIDATE GEORGIEVA WRAP
TRT: 3:31
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 03 OCTOBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

03 OCTOBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina Georgieva, Candidate for United Nations Secretary-General:
“To play a leadership role in the world, the United Nations must demonstrate its own power to reform, to be innovative, to be effective. Its people also must better reflect the world as it is. At the European commission, I have doubled the number of women in senior positions in two years. If I’m elected Secretary-General, I would do the same in the United Nations as well.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina Georgieva, Candidate for United Nations Secretary-General:
“We cannot retreat from extreme poverty. We cannot retreat from climate change. We cannot retreat from conflicts. If I have the honour to lead this great organization, I would do so with independence, integrity, compassion, and a relentless focus on results.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina Georgieva, Candidate for United Nations Secretary-General:
“As a European, I would start by saying that it was for us that the refugee convention was actually adopted. It was for us that the high commissioner for refugees took office. We were the refugees and we all need to understand that in this fragile world of ours, there is no guarantee for anyone that we would not be the refugees again.”
8. Med shot, representative of Angola
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina Georgieva, Candidate for United Nations Secretary-General:
“The big mistake of the United Nations, one that we have to recognize, is dragging its feet for a long time to recognize there is a problem and by doing so causing unnecessary suffering and loss of life.”
10. Med shot, representative of Colombia
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina Georgieva, Candidate for United Nations Secretary-General:
“Our problem in the world today is that goodness is quiet. Hate is very loud, you can hear it everywhere. So, should I be selected to be Secretary-General, my job would be to amplify this voice of goodness.”
12. Wide shot, Georgieva approaching stakeout
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Kristalina Georgieva, Candidate for United Nations Secretary-General:
“This is a crisis that has been worsening in front of our eyes for years; the incremental deepening of this conflict. We, as an international community, unfortunately approached (it) with complacency. And the lesson from Syria is that we have to be much more leaning forward when we see the warning signs of crisis, and not just pray that it may go away.”
14. Wide shot, Georgieva leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
In her bid to lead the Organization, Kristalina Georgieva said the United Nations “must demonstrate its own power to reform, to be innovative, to be effective” and “its people also must better reflect the world as it is.” The candidate for UN Secretary-General vowed she would double the number women in senior positions in two years if elected.

Kristalina Georgieva was nominated last week by her government Bulgaria for the Top UN position as a late entry into the race. As part of an extensive resume in international civil service, Georgieva was Vice President and Corporate Secretary at the World Bank from 2008 to 2010 and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response at the European Commission from 2009 to 2014.

Speaking at an informal dialogue session today (3 Oct), Georgieva said that helping people who were forcefully displaced out of their homes was “not only morally right, it is in all our interests.” She said the international community could no longer “take care of people temporarily,” rather refugees should be given the opportunity to integrate. She said, “We all need to understand that in this fragile world of ours, there is no guarantee for anyone that we would not be the refugees again.”

Responding to a question on the Cholera outbreak in Haiti, Georgieva said, “The big mistake of the United Nations, one that we have to recognize, is dragging its feet for a long time to recognize there is a problem and by doing so causing unnecessary suffering and loss of life.” She said the UN was raising funds today to help those impacted, “but tomorrow, we have to be much more open and transparent and then look at - why did that happen? – we know why it happened because of insufficient health scrutiny for peacekeepers – and make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Georgieva said, “Our problem in the world today is that goodness is quiet. Hate is very loud, you can hear it everywhere. So, should I be selected to be Secretary-General, my job would be to amplify this voice of goodness.”

Speaking to reporters after the session, Georgieva said the Syrian conflict brought “the worst, I think, of humankind.” She said the crisis had been worsening for years and the international community approached it “with complacency.” She said, “The lesson from Syria is that we have to be much more leaning forward when we see the warning signs of crisis, and not just pray that it may go away.”
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