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Invoking singer Bob Marley, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley on Friday asked UN General Assembly Member States, “who will get up and stand up? Who will get up and stand up for the rights of our people? Who will stand up in the name of all those who have died during this awful pandemic?” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

24 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Barbados Prime Minister walking to dais

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados:
“As I said 2 years ago, this is not science fiction. We heard the Secretary-General made the same comment on Tuesday morning. This is our reality, it is not science fiction. And if the truth is to be told, the Secretary-General speech said it all. But who will stand in here and support him to give him the mandate on our institutions?”
4. Med shot, Barbados delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados:
“In the words of Robert Nestor Marley who will get up and stand up? Who will get up and stand up for the rights of our people? Who will stand up in the name of all those who have died during this awful pandemic? The millions. Who will stand up in the name of all those who have died because of the climate crisis? Or who will stand up for the small island developing states who need 1.5 degrees to survive, as we go to COP 26? Who? Who will stand up? Not with a little token, but with real progress?”
6. Med shot, Barbados delegation
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados:
“If we can find the will to send people to the moon, and solve male baldness, as I said over and over, we can solve simple problems like letting our people eat at affordable prices.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados:
“My friends, I fear we leave UNGA in need of another UNGA. One, with real engagement and one to secure real progress. That is what he called for on Tuesday. I regret that the token initiatives will not close the gap. On Monday morning, I said to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, that I was a student in his country. And then as we got off the train, there would be a prerecorded message each time that simply said, mind the gap. Let us, my friends, not only mind the gap, but determined as a global community of nations that numbers matter and that we have the population and the member states to send the signal of the direction that we want our world to go in at this dangerous moment. And let us do so with the calm assurance that those who labor in great causes never ultimately fail, but we must summon the courage to do it. I ask us, in the name of our people to find the global moral strategic leadership, global, because our problems are global, moral, because we must do the right thing, and strategic, because we cannot solve every problem of the world, but we must solve those within our purview, immediately. Thank you.”

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Invoking singer Bob Marley, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley on Friday (24 Sep) asked UN General Assembly Member States, “who will get up and stand up? Who will get up and stand up for the rights of the people? Who will stand up in the name of all those who have died during this awful pandemic?”

Mottley continued, “Who will stand up in the name of all those who have died because of the climate crisis? Or who will stand up for the small island developing states who need 1.5 degrees to survive, as we go to COP 26? Who? Who will stand up? Not with a little token, but with real progress?”

She recalled that 2 years ago she had said “this is not science fiction,” adding in “We heard the Secretary-General made the same comment on Tuesday morning. This is our reality, it is not science fiction. And if the truth is to be told, the Secretary-General speech said it all. But who will stand in here and support him to give him the mandate on our institutions?”

The Caribbean Island nation leader also said, “If we can find the will to send people to the moon, and solve male baldness, as I said over and over, we can solve simple problems like letting our people eat at affordable prices.”

Mottley told the General Assembly that Barbados calls on the nation states of the Assembly and people of the world to indicate the direction that the international community must go to save the planet and its people.

She also said “We will move a resolution in plenary to endorse the direction proposed by the Secretary-General in his speech and ‘Our Common Agenda.’

Barbados Primer Minister stressed, “My friends, I fear we leave UNGA in need of another UNGA. One, with real engagement and one to secure real progress. That is what he called for on Tuesday. I regret that the token initiatives will not close the gap.”

Concluding her speech, she said, “On Monday morning, I said to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, that I was a student in his country. And then as we got off the train, there would be a prerecorded message each time that simply said, mind the gap. Let us, my friends, not only mind the gap, but determined as a global community of nations that numbers matter and that we have the population and the member states to send the signal of the direction that we want our world to go in at this dangerous moment. And let us do so with the calm assurance that those who labor in great causes never ultimately fail, but we must summon the courage to do it. I ask us, in the name of our people to find the global moral strategic leadership, global, because our problems are global, moral, because we must do the right thing, and strategic, because we cannot solve every problem of the world, but we must solve those within our purview, immediately.”
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