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UN chief António Guterres said, “Let us renew our determination to build a strong, sustainable and inclusive recovery from the pandemic, and to take decisive action together to defeat the climate crisis and keep the promise of the 2030 Agenda.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

13 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Let us renew our determination to build a strong, sustainable and inclusive recovery from the pandemic, and to take decisive action together to defeat the climate crisis and keep the promise of the 2030 Agenda.”
4.Wide shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“First, everyone, everywhere, must have access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, treatments and support. The development and roll-out of vaccines, including through the global equity mechanism, the ACT-Accelerator and its COVAX facility, is offering hope. But there is uneven access to these tools, especially vaccines, around the world and within countries. A global vaccine gap threatens us all because as the virus mutates, it could become even more transmissible, or even more deadly.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need a clear plan to fulfil this pledge and establish an essential level of trust in multilateral climate action. We also need to accelerate the transition from coal, oil, and gas to renewable energy by adding green jobs and reducing inequalities. While public finance is key, large scale private finance is also essential.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Third, we must heed the lessons of this crisis and invest in more equal and inclusive societies. This calls for every country to provide a foundation of opportunity for all – by expanding access to universal health coverage, social protection, quality education and digital connectivity. We need to focus on the transformative impact of shifting power dynamics, through ambitious measures for gender equality and gender-balanced leadership in all areas, and targeted steps to ensure women’s economic inclusion. There can be zero tolerance towards any form of violence against women. Every national recovery plan should include significant investment in the care economy and infrastructure. This will alleviate the burden of unpaid care work, enabling women to join the labour force, while creating sustainable, green jobs.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

UN chief António Guterres said, “Let us renew our determination to build a strong, sustainable and inclusive recovery from the pandemic, and to take decisive action together to defeat the climate crisis and keep the promise of the 2030 Agenda."

Speaking at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development today (13 Jul) in New York, Guterres called for decisive action in four key areas to end the pandemic everywhere and get the SDGs back on track.

First, he said, “Everyone, everywhere, must have access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, treatments and support.”

Guterres continued, “The development and roll-out of vaccines, including through the global equity mechanism, the ACT-Accelerator and its COVAX facility, is offering hope. But there is uneven access to these tools, especially vaccines, around the world and within countries.”

The UN chief added “A global vaccine gap threatens us all because as the virus mutates, it could become even more transmissible, or even more deadly.”

Guterres noted that pledges of doses and funds are welcome – but they are not enough. The world needs at least eleven billion doses to vaccinate 70 percent of the world and end the pandemic.

Second, we need urgent, ambitious climate action, including on finance, said the UN chief.

He explained that if COP26 in Glasgow is to be a turning point, we need all countries to commit to achieve net zero by mid-century, and to present Nationally Determined Contributions aiming at a cut in global emissions by 45 per cent by 2030, compared to 2010 levels.

He noted that developing countries also need assurances that their climate ambition will be met with financial and technical support. That means delivering on the $100 billion that developed countries agreed to mobilize annually for mitigation and adaptation by 2020.

Guterres said, “We need a clear plan to fulfil this pledge and establish an essential level of trust in multilateral climate action. We also need to accelerate the transition from coal, oil, and gas to renewable energy by adding green jobs and reducing inequalities. While public finance is key, large scale private finance is also essential.”

Moving onto the third area of decisive action, the UN chief said, “we must heed the lessons of this crisis and invest in more equal and inclusive societies. This calls for every country to provide a foundation of opportunity for all – by expanding access to universal health coverage, social protection, quality education and digital connectivity.”

Guterres continued, “We need to focus on the transformative impact of shifting power dynamics, through ambitious measures for gender equality and gender-balanced leadership in all areas, and targeted steps to ensure women’s economic inclusion.”

He added, “There can be zero tolerance towards any form of violence against women. Every national recovery plan should include significant investment in the care economy and infrastructure. This will alleviate the burden of unpaid care work, enabling women to join the labour force, while creating sustainable, green jobs.”

The fourth area is financing for development. He welcomed the steps that have been taken by the International Monetary Fund, the G20 and others, including the new round of Special Drawing Rights, the Debt Service Suspension Initiative and Common Framework for Debt Treatment.

The theme for the 2021 United Nations high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) and ECOSOC is “Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”.
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