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The United Nations marked the 75 years of the Organization with a High-level meeting featuring many world leaders and adopting a declaration to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the planet by curbing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

21 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, arrivals of delegates
3. Wide shot, UN General Assembly podium
4. Wide shot, GA president gavel the adoption of declaration
5. Wide shot, delegates applauding
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly:
“The founders recognized that the three pillars of the United Nations – peace and security, development, and human rights – are equally important, interrelated, and interdependent. One cannot advance without the other. And that is what the UN has been striving for over the past 75 years with the support of you, the Member States.”
7. Wide shot, GA podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly:
“Multilateralism is not an option but a necessity as we build back better and greener for a more equal, more resilient, and more sustainable world. The United Nations must be at the center of our efforts. Since the UN was established, the world has changed in unimaginable ways. An upgraded UN must respond to these challenges and changes to stay relevant and effective.”
9. Wide shot, Guterres going to rostrum
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“It took two world wars, millions of deaths and the horrors of the Holocaust for world leaders to commit to international cooperation and the rule of law. That commitment produced results. A Third World War – which so many had feared — has been avoided. Never in modern history have we gone so many years without a military confrontation between the major powers. This is a great achievement of which Member States can be proud – and which we must all strive to preserve.”
11. Wide shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Twenty-five years since the Beijing Platform for Action, gender inequality remains the greatest single challenge to human rights around the world. Climate calamity looms. Biodiversity is collapsing. Poverty is again rising. Hatred is spreading. Geopolitical tensions are escalating. Nuclear weapons remain on hair-trigger alert. Transformative technologies have opened up new opportunities but also exposed new threats. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the world’s fragilities.”
13. Wide shot, delegates
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“National sovereignty —a pillar of the United Nations — goes hand-in-hand with enhanced international cooperation based on common values and shared responsibilities in pursuit of progress for all. No one wants a world government – but we must work together to improve world governance. In an interconnected world, we need a networked multilateralism, in which the United Nations family, international financial institutions, regional organizations, trading blocs and others work together more closely and more effectively.”
15. Wide shot, GA podium

STORYLINE:

The United Nations marked the 75 years of the Organization with a High-level meeting featuring many world leaders and adopting a declaration to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the planet by curbing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns.

The theme of the event was “the future we want, the United Nations we need”, giving a strong focus on the role of youth, and ensuring the UN remains relevant for future generations.

Opening the event, the President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir said “The founders recognized that the three pillars of the United Nations – peace and security, development, and human rights – are equally important, interrelated, and interdependent. One cannot advance without the other. And that is what the UN has been striving for over the past 75 years with the support of you, the Member States.”

“Multilateralism is not an option but a necessity as we build back better and greener for a more equal, more resilient, and more sustainable world,” Bozkir continued. “The United Nations must be at the center of our efforts. Since the UN was established, the world has changed in unimaginable ways. An upgraded UN must respond to these challenges and changes to stay relevant and effective.”

Also speaking at the event, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “It took two world wars, millions of deaths and the horrors of the Holocaust for world leaders to commit to international cooperation and the rule of law. That commitment produced results. A Third World War – which so many had feared — has been avoided. Never in modern history have we gone so many years without a military confrontation between the major powers. This is a great achievement of which Member States can be proud – and which we must all strive to preserve.”

Guterres however warned that many global issues are yet to be dealt with. He said “twenty-five years since the Beijing Platform for Action, gender inequality remains the greatest single challenge to human rights around the world. Climate calamity looms. Biodiversity is collapsing. Poverty is again rising. Hatred is spreading. Geopolitical tensions are escalating. Nuclear weapons remain on hair-trigger alert. Transformative technologies have opened up new opportunities but also exposed new threats.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the world’s fragilities,” he added.

Making a case for the multilateralism, Guterres said “national sovereignty —a pillar of the United Nations — goes hand-in-hand with enhanced international cooperation based on common values and shared responsibilities in pursuit of progress for all.”

“No one wants a world government – but we must work together to improve world governance,” he said. “In an interconnected world, we need a networked multilateralism, in which the United Nations family, international financial institutions, regional organizations, trading blocs and others work together more closely and more effectively.”

In January 2020, the UN Secretary-General launched the UN75 initiative, not as a celebration, but as the world's largest conversation about current global challenges, and the gap between the future we want and where we are headed if current trends continue. The Secretary-General saw UN75 as an opportunity for the UN to listen to the people it serves and identify their priorities and suggestions for enhanced global cooperation. UN75 was initiated to better understand people’s hopes and fears for the future, inviting people everywhere to imagine the future they want and contribute ideas on how to make it a reality, building a better and more sustainable world, for all.

Through formal and informal surveys, and dialogues held across the world, the exercise was intended to take stock of global concerns and gain views from across the world on what sort of global cooperation is required. It was also intended to re-imagine what role the United Nations might play in helping to address our global challenges.

After the COVID-19 pandemic made in-person gatherings challenging in many parts of the world, the initiative increased its efforts to reach people online, expanding the one-minute survey and social media outreach to shift the dialogues to online settings, where possible. At the same time, it put more emphasis - and resources - on reaching those without internet access: working with UN offices and other partners on the ground, and through telephone and SMS communications.

By adding questions on building back better from the pandemic, it was able to conduct the largest and most diverse global survey to date on post-COVID priorities.

To date, over 1 million people have taken the one-minute survey in all UN Member and Observer States and more than 1,000 dialogues have been held in 82 countries across the world. In addition, 50,000 in 50 countries took part in independent polling by Edelman and the Pew Research Center, and artificial intelligence analysis of social and traditional media was conducted in 70 countries, along with academic and policy research mappings in all regions.
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