UN / GUTERRES CAR

18-Oct-2017 00:02:52
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “pained” by the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, (CAR) adding that “the good work and the tremendous sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world has been tarnished by the appalling acts of some UN personnel who have harmed the people they were meant to serve.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES CAR
TRT: 02:52
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UN flag outside UNHQ

18 OCTOBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Guterres approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We know that the good work and the tremendous sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world has been tarnished by the appalling acts of some UN personnel who have harmed the people they were meant to serve. I am pained that some peacekeepers are alleged to have committed egregious acts of sexual exploitation and abuse against the people of the Central African Republic.”
4. Wide shot, Guterres at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are determined to ensure that the voices of victims are heard – I will myself be ready to meet with victims and their families – in and beyond the Central African Republic. Victims must be at the centre of our response if we want our zero-tolerance policy to be successful.”
6. Wide shot, Guterres at stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I can announce that 72 countries have signed our compact, and 19 are seriously considering it, in the process of preparing the signature; and that 57 heads of state have joined the circle of leadership to commit themselves to fight sexual exploitation and abuse. So, we are building an alliance with member states in order to make sure that we all work together for the zero-tolerance policy to become a reality. This of course will take time to produce results on the ground. There is a lot to be done, but we are totally committed to this policy and to achieve results in it.”
8. Wide shot, Guterres at stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And it is important to remember that five years ago, the Central African Republic was experiencing mass atrocities, and United Nations peacekeepers helped avert the worst. Today, the situation remains very troubling. My visit also aims to draw attention to a fragile situation that is often far from the media spotlight. Across the country, communal tensions are growing. Violence is spreading. And the humanitarian situation is deteriorating.”
10. Wide shot, Guterres at stakeout
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“But this has nothing to do with the fact that there is a need to increase the capacity on our troops in the Central African Republic to protect civilians. And so, I am convinced that there will be a very positive understanding of all the members of the Security Council, including the United States of America, in relation to this.”
12. Wide shot, Guterres at stakeout
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The country has seen enough brutality, enough division, enough conflict. It is time to consolidate the fragile gains and transform them into a sustained investment in peace and stability for the people of the Central African Republic.”
14. Pan right, Guterres leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “pained” by the allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) adding that “the good work and the tremendous sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world has been tarnished by the appalling acts of some UN personnel who have harmed the people they were meant to serve.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (18 Oct), Guterres announced he will be traveling to CAR early next week and will be ready to meet with victims and their families. He stressed that victims of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) “must be at the centre of our response if we want our zero-tolerance policy to be successful.” He said the UN has presented to troop contributing countries a compact to ensure prevention of SEA, training of personnel, and to make sure that there is no impunity. The Secretary-General announced that that 72 countries have signed compact, and 19 in the process of preparing the signature. He said the UN is building an alliance with member states “in order to make sure that we all work together for the zero-tolerance policy to become a reality.” He added that the policy will take time to produce results on the ground, but the United Nations is “totally committed to this policy and to achieve results in it.”

Guterres said the purpose of his visit is to spend UN Day with a peacekeeping operation in order to pay tribute to peacekeepers across the world. He said peacekeeping operations are among the international community’s most effective tools for meeting the challenges of global peace and security adding that peacekeepers show tremendous courage in volatile environments and great dedication in helping countries rise from the depths of armed conflict.

The Secretary-General said it is “important to remember that five years ago, the Central African Republic was experiencing mass atrocities, and United Nations peacekeepers helped avert the worst.” He noted that the situation in the country today is very troubling adding that “communal tensions are growing, violence is spreading, and the humanitarian situation is deteriorating.” He revealed to reporters his request to the Security Council to increase the ceiling of troops in CAR as well as to increase their capacity, their mobility and their ability to address the challenges they face.

Asked if he discussed this troop increase with US ambassador Nikki Haley given that her country is trying to cut peacekeeping costs, Guterres said the UN has taken decisions to address the legitimate concerns of member states to make justified savings in peacekeeping, including closing missions in Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, and changing the mission in Haiti to a much smaller one. He stressed however, that this “has nothing to do with the fact that there is a need to increase the capacity on our troops in the Central African Republic to protect civilians.” He expressed his conviction that there will be a “very positive understanding of all the members of the Security Council, including the United States of America, in relation to this.” He added the country “has seen enough brutality, enough division, enough conflict; it is time to consolidate the fragile gains and transform them into a sustained investment in peace and stability for the people of the Central African Republic.”
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