NEW ZEALAND / GUTERRES CLIMATE CHANGE

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Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific Islands in New Zealand on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said nature does not negotiate and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. UNITED NATIONS

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STORY: NEW ZEALAND / GUTERRES CLIMATE CHANGE
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SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS / AUT UNIVERSITY
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DATELINE: 13 MAY 2019, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

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13 MAY 2019, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

1. Wide shot, Auckland War Memorial
2. Wide shot, Guterres arriving, greeted by Megan McSweeney, Marketing, Communications and External Affairs of Auckland War Memorial
3. Wide shot, Guterres walking in the hallway
4. Wide shot, Guterres waiting for traditional Maori ceremony of welcome
5. Wide shot, Guterres shaking hands with youth climate change leaders
6. Wide shot, breakfast room
7. Med shot, James Shaw, Mister of Climate Change
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Stop subsidies to fossil fuels. Taxpayers’ money should not be used to boost hurricanes, to spread drought and heat waves, to bleach corals, or to melt glaciers.”
9. Various shots, breakfast room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Stop the new construction of coal plants by 2020. We want a green economy, not a grey economy in the world.”
11. Wide shot, Guterres walking into press stakeout
12. Wide shot, journalist
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Political will is not yet able to accompany the pace of climate change and the message from the Pacific to the governments around the world is that indeed it is important to move taxes from salaries to carbon, to tax pollution and not people.”
14. Various shots, Auckland University of Technology South Auckland Campus
15. Various shots, Guterres arriving
16. Various shots, traditional welcoming ceremony
17. Pan right, auditorium

COURTESY AUT UNIVERSITY - 13 MAY 2019, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

18. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Climate change is, in my opinion, the defining issue of our time; the biggest threat to our lives and to the life of the planet. And we are not winning the battle against climate change; and we need the leadership of the youth in relation to this because those that have today responsibilities in the world, especially governments, are largely, with exceptions – and I would underline the very important progress that is being made in New Zealand – but I many decisive parts of the world governments are not showing enough political will.”

13 MAY 2019, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

19. Various shots, auditorium and attendees
20. Wide shot, Guterres walking down the aisle
21. Various shots, students performing haka

STORYLINE:

Speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific Islands in New Zealand on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said nature does not negotiate and emphasized four key measures that Governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Guterres was speaking at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in an interactive discussion with youth climate change leaders. The meeting was chaired by James Shaw, New Zealand’s Minister of Climate Change.

He conveyed a strong message to the governments around the world, urging everyone to step up their efforts to reverse the current trend of climate change.

In his remarks, the Secretary-General laid out four key points. He called on governments to “shift taxes from salaries to carbon” adding, “We must tax pollution, not people.” He also stressed that taxpayers’ money “should not be used to boost hurricanes, to spread drought and heat waves, to bleach corals, or to melt glaciers” while called for “subsidies to fossil fuels” to stop.

Guterres underscored the need to “stop the new construction of coal plants by 2020” and highlighted the importance of a “green economy, not a grey economy.”

The UN chief also recognized the important role played by Generation Zero, a New Zealand-based youth-led organization dedicated to providing solutions for the country to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, livable cities and independence from fossil fuels.

Guterres said that youth could help make sure that the world reached its objective to not have more than 1.5 degrees of increasing temperature at the end of the century and expressed his confidence that youth around the world would be able to convey to their governments a very clear message.

In his keynote speech at the Auckland University of Technology, the Secretary-General said climate change is “the defining issue of our time.” And represents the “biggest threat to our lives and to the life of the planet.” He stressed that we are “not winning the battle against climate change” adding that we need youth leadership to address this issue.
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