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Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said opportunities for women and children globally have been hit hard by COVID-19 and stressed that this represents the “silent testimony, a dark shadow of this pandemic.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

22 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Estonian President at podium in General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Kersti Kaljulaid, President, Estonia:
“If we can take these – more supportive governments towards the weaker in the societies and potential to use the same fervency we all together had to find vaccines now to stop climate change –the future generations will recognize this decade of this century as the Great Recovery. If we fail, it will be marked as the Beginning of an End.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Kersti Kaljulaid, President, Estonia:
“As the UN Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child, it makes me sad that the progress seen during the past two decades in Afghanistan could be reverted so quickly.”
6. Wide shot, Estonian President at podium in General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Kersti Kaljulaid, President, Estonia:
“While despairing for Afghan women’s rights to participate in the society in any normal way, we must not forget that the opportunities for women and children globally have been hit hard by the pandemic. Even the most developed countries are not exempt. The statistics which concern women’s participation in the workforce or their proportion among the unemployed, the number of women unable to reach ante- or postnatal care, the number of children deprived of school meals – this is the silent testimony, a dark shadow of this pandemic; the shadow pandemic.”
8. Med shot, Estonian delegation
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kersti Kaljulaid, President, Estonia:
“The shadow pandemic of starvation, lack of access to education or medical care – is going to continue at least until we manage to vaccinate the global population, and then it will take more time still to turn the negative trends around again.”
10. Wide shot, Estonian President leaving podium

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Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said opportunities for women and children globally have been hit hard by COVID-19 and stressed that this represents the “silent testimony, a dark shadow of this pandemic.”

Addressing the General Assembly today (22 Sep), Kaljulaid said, through the devastation of the pandemic, solutions have emerged which enabled societies to become more egalitarian, including online education and the development of e-court services. She hoped that all governments who have seen the benefits of online service provision will continue down this avenue.

The Estonian President said another positive takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic is that the world could overcome a problem if it concentrates its financial and scientific efforts and acts with a sense of urgency. She expressed her encouragement in the fight against climate change, which she said is at least as dangerous to human race as a pandemic.

Kaljulaid said, “If we can take these – more supportive governments towards the weaker in the societies and potential to use the same fervency we all together had to find vaccines now to stop climate change –the future generations will recognize this decade of this century as the Great Recovery. If we fail, it will be marked as the Beginning of an End.”

The Estonian President said she had the opportunity to meet people who had grown up in a society of reconstruction and hope towards the future during her April visit to Afghanistan. She said today the future of women looks grim, as does the situation in the whole country. She said about half of Afghanistan’s population, more than 18 million, is in the urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including women and children.

Kaljulaid said, “As the UN Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child, it makes me sad that the progress seen during the past two decades in Afghanistan could be reverted so quickly.”

The Global Advocate said, while “despairing” for Afghan women’s rights to participate in the society in “any normal way, we must not forget that the opportunities for women and children globally have been hit hard by the pandemic,” adding that even the most developed countries “are not exempt.” She said, “The statistics which concern women’s participation in the workforce or their proportion among the unemployed, the number of women unable to reach ante- or postnatal care, the number of children deprived of school meals – this is the silent testimony, a dark shadow of this Pandemic; the shadow pandemic.”

The Estonian President stressed that things were not good even before the COVID-19 hit and the world was not on track to reach its SDG goal of Zero Hunger by 2030. She said, “The shadow pandemic of starvation, lack of access to education or medical care – is going to continue at least until we manage to vaccinate the global population, and then it will take more time still to turn the negative trends around again.

Kaljulaid said almost each grown-up in Estonia who takes a COVID-19 vaccine shot donates one to someone else globally. She underscored that without vaccinating the global population, there is no way to even start the recovery from the shadow pandemic.
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