UN / GUTERRES 2022 PRIORITIES

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Laying out his priorities for 2022, Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly that “we face a five-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries,” referring to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, a morally bankrupt global financial system, the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and diminished peace and security. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

24 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Various shots, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to GA rostrum
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"I want to begin the year by raising five alarms – on COVID-19, global finance, climate action, lawlessness in cyber space, and peace and security. We face a 5-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries."
5. Wide shot, GA
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"Now is not the time to simply list and lament challenges. Now is the time to act. All these challenges are, at heart, failures of global governance. From global health to digital technology, many of today’s multilateral frameworks are outdated and no longer fit for purpose."
7. Wide shot, Guterres walks away
8. Wide shot, press room dais
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I fear the emergence of what I would call the twilight of shared values. Injustice, inequality, mistrust, racism and discrimination are casting dark shadows across every society. Wherever you are, just look out the window. We must restore human dignity and human decency. We must prevent the death of truth and we must make lying wrong again.”
10. Wide shot, press room dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The attack on Abu Dhabi is an escalation that is regrettable, and in my opinion is a serious mistake, independently of the fact that it is unacceptable. Now, any bombardment that targets civilians, or that is not careful enough to protect civilians, is of course also unacceptable. What we need is to stop this vicious circle in which things get escalating one after the other.”
12. Wide shot, press room dais
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“My message is that there should not be any military intervention in this context. I think that diplomacy is the way to solve problems. Of course, any invasion by one country to another country is against international law, and I hope that this, of course will not happen in the present circumstances. I am convinced it will not happen. And I strongly hope to be right.”
14. Wide shot, journalists
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is absolutely essential for them in the context of their objective of recognition, but also in the context of their objective of getting international support for their own people. It is absolutely essential to have full respect for the rights of women and girls and to have a positive approach to human rights in general.”
16. Wide shot, press room dais
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Cold War to a certain extent, the truth is it never became hot, because it was, there was a certain level of predictability in the way that Cold War existed. What we have now is much more chaotic, much less predictable. We have no instruments to deal with crises. And so, this is indeed we live in a dangerous situation.”
18. Wide shot, press room dais

STORYLINE:

Laying out his priorities for 2022, Secretary-General António Guterres today (21 Jan) told the General Assembly that “we face a five-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries,” referring to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, a morally bankrupt global financial system, the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and diminished peace and security.

The Secretary-General said, "now is not the time to simply list and lament challenges. Now is the time to act. All these challenges are, at heart, failures of global governance. From global health to digital technology, many of today’s multilateral frameworks are outdated and no longer fit for purpose."

At a press encounter after briefing the GA, Guterres said, “I fear the emergence of what I would call the twilight of shared values. Injustice, inequality, mistrust, racism and discrimination are casting dark shadows across every society.”

He said, “wherever you are, just look out the window. We must restore human dignity and human decency. We must prevent the death of truth and we must make lying wrong again.”

Turning to questions from journalists The Secretary-General said the recent attack on Abu Dhabi by Houthi militias “was an escalation that is regrettable, and in my opinion is a serious mistake, independently of the fact that it is unacceptable.”

He said, “any bombardment that targets civilians, or that is not careful enough to protect civilians, is of course also unacceptable” and added “that we need is to stop this vicious circle in which things get escalating one after the other.”

On the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Guterres said, “diplomacy is the way to solve problems. Of course, any invasion by one country to another country is against international law, and I hope that this, of course will not happen in the present circumstances. I am convinced it will not happen. And I strongly hope to be right.”

On Afghanistan, he said it was “absolutely essential” for the Taliban “to have full respect for the rights of women and girls and to have a positive approach to human rights in general” in order to obtain international recognition and “getting international support for their own people.”

To conclude, The Secretary-General said, “the Cold War to a certain extent, the truth is it never became hot, because it was, there was a certain level of predictability in the way that Cold War existed. What we have now is much more chaotic, much less predictable. We have no instruments to deal with crises. And so, this is indeed we live in a dangerous situation.”

Given the sheer number of conflicts across the globe, the Secretary-General called for greater investment in prevention and peacebuilding, underscoring the need for a strong and effective UN.
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