UN / GUTERRES COVID-19 MULTILATERALISM

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UN chief António Guterres said, in the face of the fragilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, “world leaders need to be humble and recognize the vital importance of unity and solidarity.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 25 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior

JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, UN spokesperson moderating press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The pandemic has laid bare severe and systemic inequalities. And it has underscored the world’s fragilities more generally – not just in the face of another health emergency but also the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and the risks of nuclear proliferation again. People are losing ever more trust in political establishments and institutions. In the face of these fragilities, world leaders need to be humble and recognize the vital importance of unity and solidarity.”
4. Med shot, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We cannot go back to the way it was and simply recreate the systems that have aggravated the crisis. We need to build back better with more sustainable, inclusive, gender-equal societies and economies.”
6. Med shot, UN spokesperson moderating press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The problem is not that multilateralism is not up to the challenges the world faces. The problem is that today’s multilateralism lacks scale, ambition and teeth. And some of the instruments that do have teeth, show little or no appetite to bite, as has recently been the case with the difficulties faced by the Security Council. We need to give multilateralism the capacities to confront our challenges, not only to meet immediate needs but to enable future generations to meet theirs.”
8. Med shot, UN spokesperson moderating press conference
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I understand the challenge. It is difficult to have a meaningful transformation of the mechanisms of global governance without the active participation of the world powers – and, let me blunt, their relationships today have never been more dysfunctional. But I firmly believe that an awakening will come when we recognize our shared fragilities – when the factors that today divide instead begin to force people to finally understand that division is a danger to everyone, starting with themselves.”
10. Med shot, journalist asking question
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"I think that we have two main nuclear powers - there are other nuclear powers, but there are two main nuclear powers - of course the United States of America and the Russian Federation. And you have the two biggest economies in the world, the United States and China. And if there are relations that are very dysfunctional today, they are exactly those relations. And obviously, we see the implications of that, in a moment where in my opinion we need to mobilise the whole world to defeat COVID-19, to defeat climate change, to put order in the cyber space, and to guarantee that nuclear proliferation does not represent a new risk that can be avoided."
12. Med shot, journalist asking question

STORYLINE:

UN chief António Guterres said, in the face of the fragilities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, “world leaders need to be humble and recognize the vital importance of unity and solidarity.”

Addressing reporters in a virtual press conference today (25 Jun), Guterres said the world was in turmoil as it was set to mark 75th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Charter, facing the COVID-19, climate disruption, racial injustice, and rising inequalities.

SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The pandemic has laid bare severe and systemic inequalities. And it has underscored the world’s fragilities more generally – not just in the face of another health emergency but also the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and the risks of nuclear proliferation again. People are losing ever more trust in political establishments and institutions. In the face of these fragilities, world leaders need to be humble and recognize the vital importance of unity and solidarity.”

Guterres said the UN family has mobilized to save lives, control transmission of the virus and ease the economic fallout, while supporting work to accelerate research and development for a people’s vaccine, affordable and accessible to all. He said he the comprehensive UN response on COVID-19 released today documents not only actions taken over the past three months but also offers a roadmap towards recovering better.

SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We cannot go back to the way it was and simply recreate the systems that have aggravated the crisis. We need to build back better with more sustainable, inclusive, gender-equal societies and economies.”

Guterres said, for 75 years, the UN had sought to help stitch the world together in productive cooperative relationships for global problem-solving and the common good. HE said the problem today is “not that multilateralism is not up to the challenges the world faces. The problem is that today’s multilateralism lacks scale, ambition and teeth. And some of the instruments that do have teeth, show little or no appetite to bite, as has recently been the case with the difficulties faced by the Security Council.”

The UN chief stressed the need to give multilateralism “the capacities to confront our challenges, not only to meet immediate needs but to enable future generations to meet theirs.”

Guterres said relationships among world powers today “have never been more dysfunctional” but expressed his firm belief “that an awakening will come when we recognize our shared fragilities – when the factors that today divide instead begin to force people to finally understand that division is a danger to everyone, starting with themselves.”

Responding to questions from reporters, the Secretary-General said there are two main nuclear powers, the United States and Russia, and the two biggest economies, the United States and China, and “if there are relations that are very dysfunctional today, they are exactly those relations.” He added, “Obviously, we see the implications of that, in a moment where in my opinion we need to mobilise the whole world to defeat COVID-19, to defeat climate change, to put order in the cyber space, and to guarantee that nuclear proliferation does not represent a new risk that can be avoided."
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