GA / GLOBAL TOWNHALL 1

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For the first time, candidates for the position of next Secretary-General took part in a globally televised and webcast event in the General Assembly Hall and took questions from diplomats and the public at large. The first set of candidates included Vesna Pusić (Croatia), António Guterres (Portugal) Susana Malcorra (Argentina), Vuk Jeremic (Serbia) and Natalia Gherman (Moldova). UNIFEED-UNTV

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STORY: GA / GLOBAL TOWNHALL 1
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DATELINE: 12 JULY 2016, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

12 JULY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Wide shot, candidates on stage
4. Wide shot, audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Vesna Pusić, Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament:
“There is a lot of cynicism in current international relations, national politics, international politics; a lot of sort of playing to the gallery without being prepared to look at the issues. And I want to actually counter that cynicism. This is what I will try.”
6. Wide shot, applause
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Former High Commissioner for Refugees:
“She or he must be a solid ethical reference. And must be the symbol of those truly universal values that are enshrined in the UN Charter and that all religions respect in the world. The values that all societies, that are all becoming multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural need in order to foster inclusion, cohesion, to make people feel they belong, to value diversity and to confront and defeat political populism, xenophobia, racism, and violent extremism.”
8. Wide shot, applause
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Susana Malcorra, Foreign Minister of Argentina:
“This United Nations require a Secretary-General with the courage to lead, the humility to listen, and the readiness to partner. And I think I am that person. Having been so close to the decision making, I think I fully understand what is needed to take the United Nations to the next level.”
10. Wide shot, applause
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Vuk Jeremić, Former President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“Not all is well at the United Nations, I am afraid. There is a growing perception that historic achievements made by this organization are becoming more and more overshadowed by the sense of stagnation and failure. Now, we’ve got to do something about it. And we’ve got to do it fast. I believe this is not a time for high rhetoric. I believe this is time for decisive action.”
12. Wide shot, applause
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Gherman, Former Acting Prime Minister of Moldova:
“Even if I am aware that very often a Secretary-General must manage disunity, I think we should all strive for finding common ground and finding unity. And we need this unity whether we are to stop wars and conflicts, tackle the scourge of international terrorism, work on international development or ensure the highest standards of dignity, this experience I am bringing to the service of the organization and to the service of humanity.”
14. Wide shot, applause

STORYLINE:

For the first time, candidates for the position of next Secretary-General today (12 July) took part in a globally televised and webcast event in the General Assembly Hall and took questions from diplomats and the public at large.
The event was webcast and broadcast live by UNTV and Al Jazeera Media Network across multiple broadcast and social media channels.

Ten of the 12 official candidates, nominated by their governments to take over at the helm of the UN Secretariat when current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon leaves at the end of the year, engaged in a wide-ranging 60-minute discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the organization.

Vesna Pusić, who is the Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament opened the proceedings and said “there is a lot of cynicism in current international relations, national politics, international politics; a lot of sort of playing to the gallery without being prepared to look at the issues.”

As Secretary-General, she said, she would “counter that cynicism.”

Former High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres from Portugal, said the next Secretary-General “must be a solid ethical reference.”

Guterres said societies are “becoming multi-ethnic, multi-religious, and multi-cultural” and the United Nations must “foster inclusion, cohesion, to make people feel they belong, to value diversity and to confront and defeat political populism, xenophobia, racism, and violent extremism.”

The Foreign Minister of Argentina, Susana Malcorra, said the United Nations “require a Secretary-General with the courage to lead, the humility to listen, and the readiness to partner.”

Malcorra, who served as Chief of Staff under Ban, said that “having been so close to the decision making, I think I fully understand what is needed to take the United Nations to the next level.”

The Former Foreign Minister of Serbia, Vuk Jeremić, who was also the 67th President of the United Nations General Assembly said “not all is well at the United Nations, I am afraid.”

Jeremić said “there is a growing perception that historic achievements made by this organization are becoming more and more overshadowed by the sense of stagnation and failure” adding that “this is not a time for high rhetoric. I believe this is time for decisive action.”

For her part, Natalia Gherman, Former Acting Prime Minister of Moldova, said “we should all strive for finding common ground and finding unity.”

Gherman said “we need this unity whether we are to stop wars and conflicts, tackle the scourge of international terrorism, work on international development or ensure the highest standards of dignity, this experience I am bringing to the service of the organization and to the service of humanity.”

The General Assembly Hall’s 1,900 seats were filled to capacity with ambassadors, diplomats, UN staff, journalists and leaders from business and civil society. UN-accredited journalists are also invited to film and record from the media booths.

The 10-confirmed candidates were split into two groups of five (determined by draw of lots) for a one-hour discussion and Q and A led by moderators James Bays and Folly Bah Thibault from Al Jazeera English. Questions to the candidates from Member States and the global public will come from the floor and via video from around the world.

The first group included Vesna Pusić (Croatia), António Guterres (Portugal) Susana Malcorra (Argentina), Vuk Jeremic (Serbia) and Natalia Gherman (Moldova).

The second group featured Helen Clark (New Zealand), Danilo Turk (Slovenia), Christiana Figueres (Costa Rica), Igor Lukšić (Montenegro) and Irina Bokova (Bulgaria).

The two candidates unable to attend the event in New York are Srgjan Kerim (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Miroslav Lajčák (Slovak Republic). However, both have been invited to send video messages that can be used in the event.
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