VIENNA / GUTERRES 40 YEARS

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Visiting the Austrian capital to mark the 40th anniversary of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the “primacy of reason” and other values of the Enlightenment were “more important than ever for Europe and for the United Nations.” UNIS VIENNA

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STORY: VIENNA / GUTERRES 40 YEARS
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SOURCE: UNIS VIENNA / UNIDO / UNHCR / IAEA / FILMARCHIV AUSTRIA
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DATELINE: 27 MAY 2019, VIENNA, AUSTRIA / FILE

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FILE – UNIDO - 14 MAY 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Med shot, flags at the Vienna International Centre

UNIS VIENNA – 27 MAY 2019, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

2. Pan right, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrival at the Vienna International Centre (VIC)
3. Wide shot, musical performance at VIC40 event
4. Wide shot, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, Guterres, and Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig in audience
5. Pan right, UN staff and guests in audience
6. Wide shot, Guterres walking onto podium
7. Wide shot, audience
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On this anniversary, let us reaffirm the core values of our United Nations and build on the progress we have achieved.”

FILE – FILMARCHIV AUSTRIA – 1970s, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

9. Various shots, Vienna International Centre under construction

FILE – IAEA – 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

10. Tilt up, exterior Vienna International Centre

UNIDO - 27 MAY 2019, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

11. Tilt down, exterior Office of the Austrian Federal President at the Hofburg
12. Wide shot, Guterres and Van der Bellen speaking to media
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of Austria:
“The VIC is not only one of Vienna’s landmarks, it has shaped Austria’s self-image as an advocate of effective multilateralism, international cooperation and a rules-based international order.”
14. Med shot, videographers
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Those values of the Enlightenment are more important than ever for Europe and for the United Nations. Foremost, the primacy of reason. And I am absolutely convinced that the work we can do together is today absolutely central, to preserve peace, to preserve security and to create the conditions for the world to be able to avoid the levels of tension that unfortunately, in recent times, have made it much more difficult to preserve peace and security.”
16. Med shot, videographers
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“I can’t understand how taxpayers’ money is being used to subsidize fossil fuels, to boost hurricanes, to increase drought, to melt glaciers, to bleach corals and to multiply disasters all over the world – with taxpayers’ money.”
18. Med shot, reporter working on laptop
19. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The truth is that what was promised in Paris will not allow us to reach only 1.5 degrees of temperature increase at the end of the century. It will probably go above three degrees which would be absolutely catastrophic. We need in 2020 to have countries committing themselves to a much more ambitious set of measures in mitigation in adaptation, mitigation and in finance.”
20. Close up, typing on notebook
21. Wide shot, Guterres and Van der Bellen leaving stakeout

UNHCR - 27 MAY 2019, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

22. Wide shot, exterior people arriving at “Brunnenpassage” venue
23. Med shot, António Guterres arriving at workshop
24. Wide shot, UN Messenger for Peace Yo-Yo Ma greeting Guterres
25. Med shot, audience
26. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Societies today are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural. And that is a richness, not a threat.”
27. Wide shot, audience applauding
28. Pan right, musicians performing including Yo-Yo Ma
29. Med shot, Guterres in audience speaking to the lady next to him
30. Pan left, Guterres taking selfie with audience member and leaving venue

STORYLINE:

Visiting the Austrian capital to mark the 40th anniversary of the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the “primacy of reason” and other values of the Enlightenment were “more important than ever for Europe and for the United Nations.”

Guterres arrived in Austria Monday (27 May) for a long-scheduled visit to attend events to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Vienna International Centre (VIC), home to a number of United Nations organizations and one of the four global UN headquarters.

The anniversary ceremony included the world premiere of a fanfare dedicated to the United Nations by Austrian composer Johanna Doderer, entitled hundred ninety three+, the number of UN Member States. The soloist was Yury Revich playing on a Stradivarius (1709) on loan from the Goh Family Foundation Singapore.

The Secretary-General in his remarks thanked the host country and city and expressed his congratulations and thanks to the Vienna-based parts of the United Nations system for their work. He called for a renewed commitment to multilateralism and the values of the United Nations Charter.

The Vienna International Centre (VIC), also known locally as "UNO City", was inaugurated on 23 August 1979. The Government of Austria had offered to construct an international centre in Vienna for the United Nations system in the 1960s. Jointly funded by Austria and the City of Vienna, construction of the new international hub, designed by Austrian architect Johann Staber, soon began on a site on the left bank of the River Danube in Vienna.

Today, around 5,000 employees from more than 125 countries work there on many aspects of peace and security, human rights and development.

Earlier in the day, the Secretary-General met with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and participated in an event hosted by UN Messenger for Peace Yo-Yo Ma.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the Secretary-General, President Van der Bellen underlined his country’s continued commitment to supporting the United Nations and noted that the Vienna International Centre was not just a Vienna landmark, but had “shaped Austria’s self-image as an advocate of effective multilateralism, international cooperation and a rules-based international order.”

Guterres underlined the importance of having a part of the UN headquarters in Europe, saying he considered the “values of Enlightenment” to be Europe’s most important contribution to world civilization. He said it would be necessary to work together to “avoid the levels of tension that unfortunately, in recent times, have made it much more difficult to preserve peace and security”.

Turning to the issue of climate change, the Secretary-General called for a tax on carbon which would enable countries to reduce income taxes instead. He said he couldn’t understand why “taxpayers’ money is being used to subsidize fossil fuels, to boost hurricanes, to increase drought, to melt glaciers, to bleach corals and to multiply disasters all over the world” that are a result of climate change.

He warned that while the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change was an “enormous success”, what had been promised there would not succeed in limiting the temperature increase by the end of the century to 1.5 degrees Centigrade. He said that the temperature rise would “probably go above three degrees which would be absolutely catastrophic.”. A “much more ambitious set of measures in mitigation in adaptation, mitigation and in finance” was needed.

The Secretary-General’s first stop of the day was a ‘Day of Action’ event hosted by Yo-Yo Ma at the so-called “Brunnenpassage”, a venue aiming to give access to art to all population groups and located in a diverse part of Vienna.

Guterres told the workshop participants that the fact that today’s societies were multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural needed to be seen as “a richness, not a threat.”

UN Messenger for Peace and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma is currently on a two-year journey, called “Bach project”, to explore how culture is taking action in society. He is playing Bach’s Cello Suites all over the world ‘in an effort to remind us of our collective humanity at a time of division’, and is partnering with local artists, culture-makers and social organizations to explore how culture can play a role in addressing pressing social issues.

On 27 May, an open workshop led by Vienna-based artist and oud player Marwan Abado brought together singers and percussionists from across traditions, backgrounds, and generations — from western classical to rap, from around the city and the world — in a collaborative session inspired by the music of J.S. Bach exploring cultural crossroads and social inclusion. The event was supported by UNHCR and UNIS Vienna.
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