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Talking to reporters as a new session of the United Nations General Assembly begins, Secretary-General António Guterres said, the significance of the discussions during the upcoming high-level week can be distilled into two words: “ambition and action.” UNIFEED


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DATELINE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Pan left, exterior United Nations headquarters

18 SEPTEMBER 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:
“There is no doubt that our fraying world needs international cooperation more than ever. But simply saying it will not make it happen. The biggest challenge that leaders and institutions face is to show people we care – and to mobilize solutions that respond to people’s anxieties with answers. The upcoming high-level week is designed to do precisely that. There will be dozens of summits, meetings and side events. But I can distil the significance of all these discussions into two words: ambition and action.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This is the moment to cool tensions, and nowhere is that more important than in the Gulf. This is also the time to promote dialogue and pave the way to political solutions from Libya to Yemen, from Syria to Israel-Palestine, from Afghanistan to South Sudan. With the very high number of world leaders coming to the United Nations, we have a chance to advance diplomacy for peace.”
7. Wide shot, dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I think this attack is a dramatic escalation in the Gulf, and I believe that we absolutely need to stop this kind of escalation, and that we absolutely need to create the conditions to avoid a major confrontation in the Gulf that would have – as we have seen by the immediate impact on oil markets – if there would be a major confrontation in the Gulf it would have devastating consequences for the region and globally.”
9. Med shot, journalist
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Through it all, my message to world leaders will be simple: Put people first. Their needs. Their aspirations. Their rights. People want solutions, commitments and action. And I suspect that we will hear loud and clear from young people over the weekend this message. We simply must translate all of the events of the coming days into an impulse and momentum to do more, starting immediately, and with people at the centre.”
11. Med shot, journalist
SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Climate change is not only a threat for the end of the century, but climate change is already a tragic problem of our society. But it is true that if things go on as they are, the young generations when they come to adult age, or to the last periods of their lives, will be even more dramatically impacted.”
12. Wide shot, journalists
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“If we maintain the present track, we will go on having globally improvements, but those improvements would lead in 2030 to somewhere at half-way between the starting point and the goals as defined. Which means that we are off-track. And it means that we need to accelerate the implementation of the measures to guarantee that we reach the Sustainable Development Goals.”
14. Zoom out, end of presser

STORYLINE:

Talking to reporters as a new session of the United Nations General Assembly begins, Secretary-General António Guterres today (18 Sep) said, the significance of the discussions during the upcoming high-level week can be distilled into two words: “ambition and action.”

Guterres said “there is no doubt that our fraying world needs international cooperation more than ever. But simply saying it will not make it happen. The biggest challenge that leaders and institutions face is to show people we care – and to mobilize solutions that respond to people’s anxieties with answers.”

He said this was “the moment to cool tensions, and nowhere is that more important than in the Gulf,” also calling for dialogue that can pave the way to political solutions from Libya to Yemen, from Syria to Israel-Palestine, from Afghanistan to South Sudan. With the very high number of world leaders coming to the United Nations, we have a chance to advance diplomacy for peace.”

The Secretary-General said last week’s attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries “is a dramatic escalation in the Gulf, and I believe that we absolutely need to stop this kind of escalation, and that we absolutely need to create the conditions to avoid a major confrontation in the Gulf that would have – as we have seen by the immediate impact on oil markets – if there would be a major confrontation in the Gulf it would have devastating consequences for the region and globally.”

Overall, he said, his message to world leaders will be simple: “Put people first. Their needs. Their aspirations. Their rights. People want solutions, commitments and action.”

The high-level week kicks off on Monday (23 Sep) with the Climate Action Summit. Over the weekend there will be Youth Climate Summit and Guterres said he expected to “hear loud and clear from young people.

He said, “we simply must translate all of the events of the coming days into an impulse and momentum to do more, starting immediately, and with people at the centre.”

Climate change, he said, “is not only a threat for the end of the century, but climate change is already a tragic problem of our society,” but he emphasized that “if things go on as they are, the young generations when they come to adult age, or to the last periods of their lives, will be even more dramatically impacted.”

He said several plans to dramatically reduce emissions over the next decade, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, should be unveiled during the Climate Action Summit.

The Secretary-General said, “we need to accelerate the implementation of the measures to guarantee that we reach the Sustainable Development Goals,” and pointed out that “if we maintain the present track, we will go on having globally improvements, but those improvements would lead in 2030 to somewhere at half-way between the starting point and the goals as defined. Which means that we are off-track.”

There are five key United Nations summits taking place next week to spur action on the climate crisis and other global concerns. The four other summits will address universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals, financing for development and support to small island developing states.
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