UN / HURRICANE IRMA

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The United Nations allocated USD 10 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help the tens of thousands of people across the Caribbean impacted by the passage of the hurricane Irma. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / HURRICANE IRMA
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DATELINE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, esterior, UN Headquarters
2. Wide shot, meeting room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Climate change is affecting each and every country around the world. Current trends on the greenhouse gas emissions will increase the likelihood of severe weather events. Small Island Developing States face particular vulnerabilities. Before communities even have a chance to rebuild they face yet another looming devastation with hurricane Maria making landfall in the Caribbean even as we speak.”
4. Wide shot, meeting
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rodney Williams, Governor General, Antigua and Barbuda:
“For the first time in over 300 years, there is today not a single human being living on Barbuda. An entire society has been plucked out of their homeland; from their property; from everything that defines them as a people. Virtually everything has to be rebuilt. Vitally important now are water and electricity systems without which life cannot be sustained. Equally important are hospitals and schools. Preliminary estimates put the cost at $300 million that figure represents more than 20 per cent of our GDP. Rebuilding Barbuda is not a task we can undertake alone.”
6. Wide shot, meeting
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cuba:
“This event amongst other occurrences prevails the priority for humanity of tackling climate change according to the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities. Above all, the need for a special differentiated treatment for small island developing states such as the fraternal countries of Cuba which are now been gravely affected.”
8. Med shot, audience
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“The United Nations and partners have over the last 48 hours issued a regional response plan for Irma, costed at 27 million dollars. It will help with things like clean water, food, shelter, medicine, telecommunications, transport and other logistics. We have also issued a response plan, an action plan for Cuba, costed at 56 million dollars. I have last night announced an immediate allocation of ten million dollars from the central emergency response plan, to support these plans.”
10. Wide shot, meeting

STORYLINE:

The United Nations allocated USD 10 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help the tens of thousands of people across the Caribbean impacted by the passage of the hurricane Irma.

At a high-level event held today (18 Sep) at the United Nations Headquarters in support to the millions of people across the Caribbean impacted by Hurricane Irma, the UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák warned that “before communities even have a chance to rebuild they face yet another looming devastation with hurricane Maria making landfall in the Caribbean even as we speak.”

Another hurricane, called Maria, is building its strength east of Caribbean Leeward Islands and its predicted to have a similar path to the hurricane Irma.

In Antigua and Barbuda, one of the Caribbean country that was heavily impacted by the hurricane Irma, the island of Barbuda is currently devoid of human presence, for the first time in the last 300 years. Its Governor General, Rodney Williams said the preliminary estimates of the cost of rebuilding Barbuda are at USD 300 million. He said “that figure represents more than 20 per cent of our GDP. Rebuilding Barbuda is not a task we can undertake alone.”.

Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, said that the passage of the hurricane “amongst other occurrences prevails the priority for humanity of tackling climate change according to the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities. Parilla called for “a special differentiated treatment for small island developing states such as the fraternal countries of Cuba which are now been gravely affected.”

The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, said that he had allocated USD ten million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help the tens of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. Lowcock also said “the United Nations and partners have over the last 48 hours issued a regional response plan for Irma, costed at 27 million dollars. It will help with things like clean water, food, shelter, medicine, telecommunications, transport and other logistics. We have also issued a response plan, an action plan for Cuba, costed at 56 million dollars.”

In addition, the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a USD 5.7 million dollar emergency operation in Cuba to provide food assistance for four months to 660,000 people. also, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) has appealed for USD 4.95 million dollars to help rebuild communities impacted by Irma as well as Hurricane Jose in the Caribbean region and the United States.
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