UN / GLOBAL PACT ENVIRONMENT

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French President Emmanuel Macron said the world was ready for a legal framework to establish environmental rights and duties adding that the Global Pact for the Environment his Government is proposing, is the “next phase” in environmental protection. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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19 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, media tents outside UNHQ
2. Wide shot, meeting room
3. SOUNDBITE (French) Emmanuel Macron, President, France:
“I strongly believe the world is ready for this. It is our responsibility. And rather than spending too much time on figuring out whether we need to reopen subjects we have already closed or revisit decisions we have already taken, we need to move forward and build the next phase. This Global Pact for the Environment is the next phase.”
4. Wide shot, dais
5. Wide shot, officials in attendance
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Evo Morales, President, Bolivia:
“We have many differences, ideological, political, cultural, social differences. We are a pluri-national planet, but above and beyond our differences, to guarantee the life of future generations, we have the obligation of insuring we respect Mother Earth. So as human beings we have political rights, civil rights, economic rights, but Mother Earth also has her rights.”
7. Wide shot, meeting room
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, China:
“China believes that when advancing international cooperation on environmental governance and negotiating the Global Pact for the Environment the interest and concerns of all parties need to be accommodated.”
9. Wide shot, officials in attendance applauding
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Gisele Bündchen, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Environmental Programme:
“I’m here as a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, and as a UN ambassador for the environment. I’m here for nature, for my children, and for future generations; because I believe that every voice counts.”
11. Wide shot, dais
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Gisele Bündchen, Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Environmental Programme:
“The damage we are doing to our environment not only affects all of us, but also does irreversible damage to our planet and future generations. We must stop living with the idea of ‘Out of sight out of mind. If we don’t see it won’t affect us.’ But it will, because everything in this world is connected. The trash, for example, that magically disappears from our houses is going somewhere. It’s going to landfills, rivers, and oceans, contaminating fish water sources and coming right back to our table.”
13. Wide shot, meeting room

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French President Emmanuel Macron said the world was ready for a legal framework to establish environmental rights and duties adding that the Global Pact for the Environment his Government is proposing, is the “next phase” in environmental protection.

Macron launched the Global Pact for the Environment today (19 Sep) at a high-level event at the UN headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s general debate. Macron said the General Assembly was the best forum to discuss the French proposal which seeks to make a “polluter pays’ principle and ensure states do not go back on previous environmental commitments made.

Bolivian President Evo Morales said people around the world have many differences but all “have the obligation of insuring we respect Mother Earth.” He said just as human beings have many rights, “Mother Earth also has her rights.” He said humanity cannot live with the planet and stressed the need to make progress on the Paris climate agreement.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said his country believes that when “advancing international cooperation on environmental governance and negotiating the Global Pact for the Environment the interest and concerns of all parties need to be accommodated.” He said discussions should be placed under the framework of sustainable development, which helps to promote environmental protection along with economic and social development. He added that the principal of common but differentiated responsibilities must be applied to help developing countries steadily build their capacities.

UN Goodwill ambassador Gisele Bündchen broke into tears recalling a conversation with her then six year-old child about the destruction to the Amazon forest. She said she promised her son that she would do everything she could to protect the environment and told attendees that she was at the meeting “for nature, for my children, and for future generations; because I believe that every voice counts.” Bündchen said the damage people are doing to the environment “not only affects all of us, but also does irreversible damage to our planet and future generations.”
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