UN / GUTERRES OATH OF OFFICE

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António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic. UNIFEED

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DATELLINE: 18 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1.Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

18 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3.Various shots, Guterres takes Oath of Office
4.Wide shot, Guterres going to rostrum
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“I am acutely aware of the immense responsibilities you are entrusting me [with] at such a critical moment in history — dare I say, at the cusp of a new era. We are truly at a crossroads, with consequential choices before us. Paradigms are shifting. Old orthodoxies are being flipped. We are writing our own history with the choices we make right now. It can go either way: breakdown and perpetual crisis or breakthrough and prospect of a greener, safer and better future for all.”
6.Pan left, delegates
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We need to consolidate the current reforms, build on their results and continue to develop new methods of work to be able to deliver to the world. I have talked about a United Nations 2.0, and it is clear to me that we need to accelerate transformation through a quintet of change in the years ahead: better data, analysis and communications; innovation and digital transformation; strategic foresight; stronger performance and results orientation; and a work culture that reduces unnecessary bureaucracy, simplifies and fosters a work of collaboration. Equally, we need to strive for a much more aligned and integrated UN that works seamlessly across the various pillars of the Organization.”
8.Wide shot, Guterres at the GA podium
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We can only meet today’s complex challenges successfully with a humble approach — one in which the Secretary-General alone neither has all the answers; nor seeks to impose his views; one in which the Secretary-General supports Member States and relevant stakeholders to lead the necessary changes and makes his good offices available, engaging tirelessly, making full use of the unique convening role of the UN, and working as a mediator, a bridge and trust-builder and an honest broker to help find solutions that benefit everyone involved. The Secretary-General must feel every day the acute responsibilities of the office, guided by the Charter and making human dignity and peace with nature, including for future generations, the core of our common work and endeavour. “
10.Wide shot, applause, Guterres bowing and leaving

STORYLINE:

António Guterres was on Friday (18 Jun) re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall, Mr. Guterres said he was aware of the immense responsibilities bestowed on him at this critical moment in history.

“We are truly at a crossroads, with consequential choices before us. Paradigms are shifting. Old orthodoxies are being flipped,” he told ambassadors. “We are writing our own history with the choices we make right now. It can go either way: breakdown and perpetual crisis or breakthrough and prospect of a greener, safer and better future for all.”
Guterres was the sole candidate from the UN’s 193 Member States to vie for its top job. His first five-year term began in January 2017.

He was nominated by his homeland, Portugal, and appointed by acclamation by the General Assembly, following prior endorsement by the UN Security Council, for a second term that runs from January 2022 to December 2026.

Speaking in a mix of English, French and Spanish – three of the UN’s six official languages – Guterres detailed how COVID-19 has taken lives and livelihoods, while exposing inequalities. At the same time, countries are confronting challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss.
He stated it was crucial that the way out of the pandemic, as well as socio-economic recovery, should occur on a much more equitable basis, going forward.

With the way forward filled with colossal tasks, the Secretary-General expressed confidence that they can be completed successfully, partly due to the incredible commitment of UN staff across the world, though underlining the need for continuous improvement, including through better data and analysis, and a reduction in “unnecessary bureaucracy”.

He called for seizing momentum for transformation, while also stressing the need to bring other voices to the table, including civil society, the private sector and youth.
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