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Secretary-General António Guterres made a call for multilateralism and, warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in our planet, said, “the best-selling brand in our world today is indeed fear.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

18 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the dais
3. Wide shot, press
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As we look to the challenges we face – from climate change to migration to terrorism to the downsides of globalization – there is no doubt in my mind that global challenges require global solutions. No country can do it alone. We need today multilateralism more than ever.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The best-selling brand in our world today is indeed fear. It gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks. And so, I believe the biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is to show that we care -- and to mobilize solutions that respond to people’s fears and anxieties with answers.”
7. Wide shot, cameras
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United States has decided that they will pay 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget, when the scale that is defined by the General Assembly as assessed contribution for the United States around 28 percent, it was a little bit more, now it’s a little bit les. That means that we have three percent of the peacekeeping expenditure on average in the different operations – because things are not exactly the same operation by operation – but on average, we have three percent that are not funded.”
9. Wide shot, dais
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“First principle, the territorial integrity of Syria; the unity and territorial integrity of Syria. Second principle to take into account, legitimate security concerns of countries, and namely of Turkey. Third principle, to recognize the diversity of the population of the Syrian Arab Republic and to allow for a voice to be given to the different components of that population.”
11. Med shot, journalists
SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I don’t think that it makes sense to try to push both the DPRK and the United States for a negotiation because I believe both sides are willing to do so. And I believe that the DPRK has already excepted that the objective of the negotiations, a central objective of the negotiations, would be the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. So, we encourage both countries to move on with negotiations. I think we need a clear roadmap, as I said, to clarify things.”
12. Wide shot, Guterres listening to question
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It’s very clear for us that only a political inclusive solution can solve and address the problems of Venezuela. I have again transmitted it to my visitor, and the UN has offered its offices; and of course, it can only work if everybody agrees for that to happen.”
14. Wide shot, videographers
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is absolutely essential to create the conditions of confidence and trust. It’s not on a physical matter of reconstruction, it’s a matter of reconciliation of communities and strong commitment by the government for that reconciliation of communities to be possible and for the safety of the Rohingya population to be guaranteed. Unfortunately, the truth is that the situation on the ground has not been conducive to it. Things have been too slow. And one of the dramatic aspects when you fail in solving the root causes of a problem is that violence then tends to erupt again. And that is what we have seen recently in Myanmar.”
16. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (18 Jan) made a call for multilateralism and said that “global challenges require global solutions” and “no country can do it alone.”

Warning against the dangers of widespread fear and mistrust in our planet, the Secretary-General said, “the best-selling brand in our world today is indeed fear.”

During the press conference, held at UN headquarters in New York, Guterres added, “it gets ratings. It wins votes. It generates clicks.”

he explained, “I believe the biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is to show that we care – and to mobilize solutions that respond to people’s fears and anxieties with answers.”

Following his opening remarks, the Secretary-General answered questions from members of press on various issues handled by the UN, including the situation in Venezuela, in Syria, and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the plight of migrants and refugees worldwide, recent uncertainty around the elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as UN funding challenges.

He said, “the United States has decided that they will pay 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget, when the scale that is defined by the General Assembly as assessed contribution for the United States around 28 percent, it was a little bit more, now it’s a little bit les. That means that we have three percent of the peacekeeping expenditure on average in the different operations – because things are not exactly the same operation by operation – but on average, we have three percent that are not funded.”

On Syria he said, “first principle, the territorial integrity of Syria; the unity and territorial integrity of Syria. Second principle to take into account, legitimate security concerns of countries, and namely of Turkey. Third principle, to recognize the diversity of the population of the Syrian Arab Republic and to allow for a voice to be given to the different components of that population.”

Turning to negotiations between the US and the DPRK, he said, “I don’t think that it makes sense to try to push both the DPRK and the United States for a negotiation because I believe both sides are willing to do so. And I believe that the DPRK has already excepted that the objective of the negotiations, a central objective of the negotiations, would be the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. So, we encourage both countries to move on with negotiations. I think we need a clear roadmap, as I said, to clarify things.”

On Venezuela he said, “it’s very clear for us that only a political inclusive solution can solve and address the problems of Venezuela. I have again transmitted it to my visitor, and the UN has offered its offices; and of course, it can only work if everybody agrees for that to happen.”

And on the situation of the Rohingya population in Myanmar he said “it is absolutely essential to create the conditions of confidence and trust. It’s not on a physical matter of reconstruction, it’s a matter of reconciliation of communities and strong commitment by the government for that reconciliation of communities to be possible and for the safety of the Rohingya population to be guaranteed. Unfortunately, the truth is that the situation on the ground has not been conducive to it. Things have been too slow. And one of the dramatic aspects when you fail in solving the root causes of a problem is that violence then tends to erupt again.”


The Secretary-General was speaking two days after presenting his areas of action for the UN for 2019 to the 193 Member States, who, he said, widely responded to his remarks by highlighting the importance of multilateralism.
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