ROME / 2030 SDGS AGENDA

23-Nov-2016 00:02:29
Top UN officials warned that humanity’s current pathway with climate change will cause it to plunge over the “precipice of unsustainability” if unaltered and that if the current suffering of people due to food insecurity is not addressed now, “the goals of the SDGs are an illusive vision.” FAO
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STORY: ROME / 2030 SDGS AGENDA
TRT: 2:29
SOURCE: FAO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER 2016, ROME, ITALY
SHOTLIST
1. Wide event on sustainable development
2. Various cutaway to country representatives
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Thomson, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Humanity is on a path to a precipice of unsustainability, our current cause is leading us to that precipice. You need think only of the fact that while the Paris Agreement calls for a 1.5 to 2 degree world, we are currently still heading towards a 3-4 degree world and we do not know that civilization as we know it can continue to function at those 3 to 4 degrees levels.”
4. Various shots, officials
5. SOUNDBITE (English) José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
“And of course we are exploring ways to further our collaborations with the Rome-based agency but also with the other partners in the UN system. Working together is a fundamental part of leaving no one behind.”
6. Wide shot, audience
7. Wide shot, dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Unless we address their ( people suffered from food insecurity ) challenges at there now, their presence, their humanitarian need, then the goals of the SDGs are an illusive vision.”
9. Close up, hands taking photos with a smartphone
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Périn Saint Ange, Associate Vice President Programme Management, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):
“We are acutely aware that we have to engage more actively with the membership across the world in the new global partnership for development in order to be more effective in the contribution of the achievements of these goals that we have all embraced, we have to put partnership higher on the agenda.“
12. Pan right, conference room
STORYLINE
Top UN officials warned that humanity’s current pathway with climate change will cause it to plunge over the “precipice of unsustainability” if unaltered and that if the current suffering of people due to food insecurity is not addressed now, “the goals of the SDGs are an illusive vision.” FAO

Speaking today (23 Nov) at an event on the new internationally-agreed 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson of Fiji flags causes for concern over the impact brought by climate change.

“You need think only of the fact that while the Paris Agreement calls for a 1.5 to 2 degree world, we are currently still heading towards a 3-4 degree world and we do not know that civilization as we know it can continue to function at those 3 to 4 degrees levels,” Thomson told government representatives gathered at the headquarters of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In addition to climate change, other pressing issues the Agenda aims to tackle include population growth, poverty and inequality, environmental degradation, and natural disasters, which are driving conflict, migration, and hunger and malnutrition.

Implementing the 2030 Agenda over the next decade to rise to these challenges “presents humanity with its greatest test,” Thomson said, urging a massive effort to educate young people on why its success is critical for their future.

Also speaking today were FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, World Food Program (WFP) Executive-Director Ertharin Cousin, and Perin St. Ange, Associate Vice President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

They stressed the strong partnership that exists between the Rome-based UN food agencies to support countries in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda.

WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said “unless we address their (people suffered from food insecurity) challenges at there now, their presence, their humanitarian need, then the goals of the SDGs are an illusive vision.”

“Working together is fundamental to ensuring that no one is left behind,” said Graziano da Silva.

IFAD’s Périn Saint Ange said, “We are acutely aware that we have to engage more actively with the membership across the world in the new global partnership for development in order to be more effective in the contribution of the achievements of these goals that we have all embraced, we have to put partnership higher on the agenda.“
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