UN / EXCLUSION INEQUALITY CONFLICTS

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Secretary-General António Guterres said exclusion and inequalities “have a devastating cost in terms of security” and are “a factor in the growing instability.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Exclusion and inequalities of all kinds - economic, social and cultural - have a devastating cost in terms of security. In fact, rising inequalities are a factor in the growing instability, especially in areas where basic services are lacking, such as health, education, security, and justice. And where historical injustices, inequalities and systematic oppression have come to create endless cycles of poverty and unfavourable conditions for entire generations.”
5. Wide shot, Guterres and Obrador at the Security Council dais
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased hardship and inequalities for the poorest and most vulnerable people. An additional 120 million people have fallen into poverty. Hunger and famine haunt millions of people around the world. We are facing the biggest global recession since World War II.”
7. Med shot, indigenous affairs expert Lourdes Tiban Guala
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Humanitarian funding, assistance and conflict management tools — the very kind that the United Nations provides around the world — are all under tremendous strain. Peace has never been more urgent. That’s why conflict prevention is at the heart of my proposed New Agenda for Peace, as part of the report on Our Common Agenda. The Agenda calls on the global community to work as one — in solidarity, as a human family — to address the roots of violent conflicts.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President, Mexico:
“It would be foolish to omit that corruption is the main cause of inequality, poverty, frustration, violence, migration, and serious social conflicts. We are in decline because never before in the history of the world has so much wealth been accumulated in so few hands through influence, and at the expense of the suffering of other people.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. Various shots, Guterres and Obrador meeting

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (9 Nov) said exclusion and inequalities “have a devastating cost in terms of security” and are “a factor in the growing instability.”

Addressing a Security Council open debate on exclusion, inequality and conflicts, the Secretary-General said this was true “especially in areas where basic services are lacking, such as health, education, security and justice. And where historical injustices, inequalities and systematic oppression have come to create endless cycles of poverty and unfavourable conditions for entire generations.”

Guterres said the COVID-19 pandemic “has increased hardship and inequalities for the poorest and most vulnerable people.”

He said, “we are facing the biggest global recession since World War II.”

Humanitarian funding, assistance and conflict management tools, the Secretary-General said, “are all under tremendous strain” and “peace has never been more urgent.”

He said, conflict prevention was “at the heart” of his proposed New Agenda for Peace, as part of the report on Our Common Agenda.

Today’s open debate was chaired by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, which holds the Council Presidency during the month of November.

López Obrador told the Council that “it would be foolish to omit that corruption is the main cause of inequality, poverty, frustration, violence, migration, and serious social conflicts. We are in decline because never before in the history of the world has so much wealth been accumulated in so few hands through influence, and at the expense of the suffering of other people.”

Guterres met with López Obrador before the Council’s open debate. The Secretary-General thanked Mexico for its support to the work of the Organization, including as an elected member of the Security Council. The Secretary-General and the President discussed the impact of economic inequality and corruption on development and peace, as well as efforts to address climate change and the global economic recovery from COVID-19.
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