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“The partnership between the African Union (AU) and the UN is an absolutely central, strategic partnership for the United Nations,” the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said after a third annual AU -UN conference on Monday in New York. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 6 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior, UN Headquarters

6 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, Guterres and Faki coming to stakeout
3. Close up, Faki
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The partnership between the African Union and the UN is an absolutely central, strategic partnership for the United Nations. We consider that our work in peace and security, in human rights, in development, in relation to climate change… our work can only succeed in the world, if it succeeds in Africa. And we believe that our work can only succeed in Africa if we work hand in hand together with the African Union.”
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“It is absolutely essential for states, for the business community, for cities, for all to assume the engagement to reduce emissions by 45 percent to 2030 and to come to a net zero emissions in 2050. Without that, the African continent will inevitably have dramatic impacts that would undermine its development and undermine its security and the whole world would suffer.”
6. Med shot, Guterres and Faki at the stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Development in Africa is a fundamental precondition for more equilibrium, more peace in the world for phenomenon like migration to be more easily handled and so it is the interest of the whole international community to substantially increase the financing for development available for African countries.”
8. Med shot, Guterres and Faki at the stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (French) Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission:
“The fact that the young are attracted by the extremist movements, is directly connected to the climate change. It is a very serious situation that has a negative impact on the security situation and on the development of the continent. Something needs to be done about it and it needs to be done now.”
10. Med shot, Guterres and Faki at the stakeout
11. SOUNDBITE (French) Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission:
“We are convinced that there is no military solution to this kind of conflict. The Libyan parties need absolutely to agree to a ceasefire and to agree to meet at a table and find a peaceful and political solution to the crisis.”
12. Med shot, Guterres and Faki at the stakeout
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“My position is very clear, it is an appeal for a ceasefire, which means cessation of hostilities, which means no more offensives. That is very clear.”
14. Med shot, Guterres and Faki at the stakeout
15. SOUNDBITE (French) Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission:
“Our objective is to reach a solution that has a national consensus between the military council and the political and social class and leads to a peaceful transition.”
16. Med shot, Guterres and Faki at the stakeout
17. Zoom out, end of stakeout

STORYLINE:

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat convened the Third African Union-United Nations Annual Conference, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday (6 May). It aims to build on the close partnership between the two organizations, and address, among other issues, climate change and the African Union Theme of the Year 2019: “The Year of refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons: towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa”

Following the meeting, the Secretary-General Guterres told the press that “the partnership between the African Union and the UN is an absolutely central, strategic partnership for the United Nations” and that the work of the United Nations can only succeed in the world, if it succeeds in Africa. And we believe that our work can only succeed in Africa if we work hand in hand together with the African Union.”

Guterres underlined the climate change and the development in Africa as two key priorities for the continent. On combating the climate change he said “it is absolutely essential for states, for the business community, for cities, for all to assume the engagement to reduce emissions by 45 percent to 2030 and to come to a net zero emissions in 2050. Without that, the African continent will inevitably have dramatic impacts that would undermine its development and undermine its security and the whole world would suffer.”

On the development, he urged “the whole international community to substantially increase the financing for development available for African countries.”

The Secretary-General said, “development in Africa is a fundamental precondition for more equilibrium, more peace in the world for phenomenon like migration to be more easily handled.”

For his part, Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said the climate change also affects the security situation on the continent.

SOUNDBITE (French) Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission:
“The fact that the young are attracted by the extremist movements, is directly connected to the climate change. It is a very serious situation that has a negative impact on the security situation and on the development of the continent. Something needs to be done about it and it needs to be done now.”

Asked about Libya, two principals agreed that the ceasefire is a paramount.

“We are convinced that there is no military solution to this kind of conflict,” said Chairperson Faki. “The Libyan parties need absolutely to agree to a ceasefire and to agree to meet at a table and find a peaceful and political solution to the crisis” he added.
“My position is very clear, it is an appeal for a ceasefire, which means cessation of hostilities, which means no more offensives,” added Guterres.

At the conference, Guterres and Faki discussed the overall progress on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 in Africa. With respect to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they urged that both globally and on the African continent, building on the robust engagement, greater momentum will be needed in order to meet the goals by 2030. They urged further efforts to harness both public and private finance to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 and towards low carbon and climate resilient pathways. The urgent need to ensure investments for development of robust data ecosystem at the country and regional levels, enabling evidence-based policy-making, as well as tracking progress of the two agendas, were underscored.
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