WTO / OKONJO-IWEALA TAKES OFFICE

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01-Mar-2021 00:04:58
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala took office as the seventh Director-General of the WTO on 1 March. She became the first woman and the first African to serve as Director-General. “We have a lot of work to do. So I feel ready to go”, she said as she entered the building. WTO

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DATELINE: 1 MARCH 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1.Pan left, WTO headquarters exterior
2.Zoom in, banner “stop the fish meltdown” with tuna ice sculpture portraying
3.Med shot, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala steps out of the car
4.Wide shot, Okonjo-Iweala walks up the steps of the WTO main entrance
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
“We have a lot of work to do. So I feel ready to go.”
6.Wide shot, photo op, Okonjo-Iweala poses for photos with Deputy Directors
7.Wide shot, DG Okonjo-Iweala walks with officials towards her office
8.Wide shot, DG Okonjo-Iweala in her office
9.Wide shot, DG Okonjo-Iweala steps outside under applause
10.Wide shot, WTO directors applaude the new DG
11.Zoom in, staff present flowers to the new DG
12.Wide shot, DG Okonjo-Iweala speaks with WTO directors
13.Pan right, camera in front of the “Stop the fish meltdown” banner
14.Pan left, Okonjo-Iweala at ice sculpture and greets NGO representatives
15.SOUNDBITE (English): Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General
“If our say a few words, an ambassador will say, first of all, I'm delighted to be here and I'm very happy that one of the first things we're symbolically doing is talking about the fisheries subsidies negotiations, because this is critical, and of the top priorities we have is to complete this. Ambassador Santiago Wills and all the members have been working very hard to come to the right agreement.”
16.Pan right, zoom out, DG Okonjo-Iweala enters conference room
17.Wide shot, DG Okonjo-Iweala reads her oath of office in the presence of Nigerian diplomats and David Walker, chair of the WTO General Council
18.Zoom in, DG Okonjo-Iweala signs her oath of office.
19.Pan left, DG Okonjo-Iweala and David Walker walk towards the Council Room
20.Med shot, Okonjo-Iweala and David Walker walk towards the Council Room
21.Pan left, DG Okonjo-Iweala and David Walker enter the Council Room.
22.Wide shot, DG Okonjo-Iweala prepares for the General Council.
23.SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
“I remain honoured and humbled by the confidence members have placed in me. I'll bring all my knowledge, passion, experience and persistence to the task at hand, reforming the organization and achieving results.”
24.Med shot, computer screen with participant
25.SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
“We have to be more accountable to the people. We came here to serve: the ordinary women and men and our children who hope that our work here to support the Multilateral Trading System will result in meaningful change in their lives, will improve their standard of living and create decent jobs for those who seek work.”
26.Med shot, Okonjo-Iweala and David Walker on podium
27.SOUNDBITE (English) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General:
“We need to prioritize action on COVID-19, both for the immediate and longer lerm and focus on completing the fisheries subsidies negotiations before the middle of the year. We must agree the road roadmap for reform of the dispute settlement system and prepare a work program to achieve this which can be endorsed at MC12.”
28.Wide shot, General Council under way
29.Wide shot, General Council under way
30.Close up, DG Okonjo-Iweala and David Walker at the General Council
31.Pan left, General Council under way
32.Wide shot, zoom in, DG Okonjo-Iweala in the General Council
33.Tilt up, DG Okonjo-Iweala takes notes during the General Council

STORYLINE:

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala took office as the seventh Director-General of the WTO on 1 March. She became the first woman and the first African to serve as Director-General. “We have a lot of work to do. So I feel ready to go”, she said as she entered the building.

In her first day at the WTO, she met with WTO Directors and took an oath of office. She also attended a meeting of the General Council, the topmost decision-making body of the WTO.

Okonjo-Iweala told the Council “we need to prioritize action on COVID-19, both for the immediate and longer lerm and focus on completing the fisheries subsidies negotiations before the middle of the year. We must agree the road roadmap for reform of the dispute settlement system and prepare a work program to achieve this which can be endorsed at MC12.”

[MC12 refers to the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, expected to be held in December 2021.

Okonjo-Iweala also visited an installation near the WTO gates called "Stop the Fish Meltdown". It symbolically highlights a call to end harmful fishing subsidies and to the urgent conclusion of the fishery subsidies negotiations before it's too late. The activity is set-up by the Stop Funding Overfishing Coalition, made up of 175 NGOs.
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