UN / HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE

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In an event to commemorate the victims of Holocaust, the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “coordinated global action” in order to “make an alliance against the rise and spread of neo-Nazism and white supremacy and to combat propaganda and disinformation.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 27 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

27 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, moderator in studio with Guterres on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“From Imperial Rome to medieval Europe to the modern world, Jews and their communities have suffered two millennia of discrimination, attacks, expulsions and , periodic mass killings. Antisemitism found its most horrific expression in the Holocaust. The universal revulsion at this crime, followed by the founding of the United Nations and the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, promised an end. But it did not end. Indeed, today antisemitism is resurgent in many places around the world. As the number of Holocaust survivors diminishes every year, white supremacists and neo-Nazis intensify their efforts to deny, distort and rewrite history, including of the Holocaust.”
4. Wide shot, moderator in studio with Guterres on screen
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“After decades in the shadows, neo-Nazis and their ideas are gaining currency and even a kind of respectability. In some countries, their messages and ideology can be heard in debates between mainstream political parties. In others, they have infiltrated police and state security services. Together, we must urgently strengthen our joint efforts against the danger they pose.”
6. Wide shot, moderator in studio with Guterres on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (French) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
"We need coordinated global action, at the level of the threat we face, to make an alliance against the rise and spread of neo-Nazism and white supremacy and to combat propaganda and disinformation.”
« Nous avons besoin d’une action mondiale coordonnée, à la hauteur de la menace à laquelle nous sommes confrontés, pour faire alliance contre la montée et la propagation du néonazisme et de la suprématie blanche et pour lutter contre la propagande et la désinformation. »
8. Wide shot, moderator in studio with Guterres on screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The only way out of the COVID-19 pandemic is through science and fact-based analysis. The production of vaccines in record time is testimony to the power of science. There is no vaccine for antisemitism and xenophobia. But the most effective weapon remains the facts and the truth. The United Nations will continue to stand for the truth, and against lies, bigotry, antisemitism and hatred. Our best tribute to those who died in the Holocaust is the creation of a world of equality, justice and dignity for all.”
10. Wide shot, moderator in studio with Guterres on screen
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“We have to be vigilant, to call out any injustice we witness and defend pluralism. We have to condemn intolerance, incitement, harassment based on ethnic origin or religious belief. We must instil within our children an understanding, that every individual is entitled to equal dignity and inalienable human rights. Inertia is not an option.”
12. Wide shot, moderator in studio
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO:
“The United Nations and UNESCO were built on the ashes of the Second World War, so that the international community could prevent these horrors from ever being repeated. Raymond Aron wrote in 1947: ‘Perhaps the supreme virtue, would be to look in humanity in the face without losing faith in humans.’ This truth is even more evident in the unstable and uncertain global context we're currently living in, which could either be fertile ground for all forms of aggression or an opportunity to commit to a new Renaissance: educational, scientific and cultural.”
14. Various shots, Cantor Julia Cadrian sings a prayer in Hebrew

STORYLINE:

In an event to commemorate the victims of Holocaust, the Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “coordinated global action” in order to “make an alliance against the rise and spread of neo-Nazism and white supremacy and to combat propaganda and disinformation.”

On 27 January 1945, exactly 76 years ago, the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated.

The Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, taking place online on Wednesday (27 Jan), was organized jointly by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, the UN and the UNESCO.

The UN chief warned that after decades in the shadows, neo-Nazis and their ideas are “gaining currency and even a kind of respectability”.

He noted that in some countries, their messages and ideology can be heard in debates between mainstream political parties and in others they have infiltrated police and state security services.

Stressing the need to “urgently strengthen our joint efforts” against the dangers they pose, the Secretary-General said, “there is no vaccine for antisemitism and xenophobia”.

“The most effective weapon remains the facts and the truth”, the UN chief underscored.

Also speaking at the event, the President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir said “we have to be vigilant, to call out any injustice we witness and defend pluralism. We have to condemn intolerance, incitement, harassment based on ethnic origin or religious belief. We must instil within our children an understanding, that every individual is entitled to equal dignity and inalienable human rights.”

“Inertia is not an option,” Bozkir underlined.

Quoting the French writer and journalist Raymond Aron, who in 1947 wrote “perhaps the supreme virtue, would be to look in humanity in the face without losing faith in humans,” UNESCO’s Dierctor-General Audrey Azoulay said Aron’s words are “even more evident in the unstable and uncertain global context we're currently living in, which could either be fertile ground for all forms of aggression or an opportunity to commit to a new Renaissance: educational, scientific and cultural.”
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