UN / GUTERRES RACISM

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In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN chief António Guterres said, “This year’s theme – “Voices for Action against Racism” – calls on us to listen closely, to speak out loudly, and act decisively.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

18 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This year’s theme – “Voices for Action against Racism” – calls on us to listen closely, to speak out loudly, and act decisively. We all have a responsibility to engage in solidarity with movements for equality and human rights everywhere. And we must extend solidarity to everyone fleeing conflict or persecution without any discrimination based on race, religion or ethnicity. We must speak out against hate speech - offline and online. We must defend civic space by protecting free expression and assembly – the bedrock of pluralist, peaceful and inclusive societies.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need a renewed social contract, based on rights and opportunities for all, to tackle poverty and exclusion, invest in education, and rebuild trust and social cohesion. We must listen to those experiencing injustice and ensure their concerns and demands are at the centre of efforts to dismantle discriminatory structures. Reparatory justice is also crucial to realize racial equality and atone for the enduring legacy of centuries of enslavement and colonialism. Historical injustices manifest themselves in poverty, underdevelopment, marginalization, and social instability for entire communities and countries. It is time to recognize and repair longstanding wrongs. Building a future of justice requires mending an unjust past.”

6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Together, we are committed to making sure people of every race, ethnicity, colour, gender, religion, creed and sexual orientation enjoy a sense of belonging and safety, and have an equal opportunity to contribute to the success of our United Nations. Realizing the vision of a world free of racism and racial discrimination demands action every day, at every level, in every society. Today and every day, let us unite around our common humanity and speak as one for equality, respect, justice and dignity for all.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, UN chief António Guterres said, “This year’s theme – “Voices for Action against Racism” – calls on us to listen closely, to speak out loudly, and act decisively.”

Speaking at the General Assembly today (18 Mar) in New York, Guterres highlighted that no country is immune from intolerance, nor free of hate. Africans and people of African descent, Asians and people of Asian descent, minority communities, indigenous peoples, migrants, refugees, and so many others – all continue to confront stigmatization, scapegoating, discrimination, and violence.

He said, “we all have a responsibility to engage in solidarity with movements for equality and human rights everywhere. And we must extend solidarity to everyone fleeing conflict or persecution without any discrimination based on race, religion or ethnicity.”

The UN chief iterated, “we must speak out against hate speech - offline and online. We must defend civic space by protecting free expression and assembly – the bedrock of pluralist, peaceful and inclusive societies.”

Guterres also said, “we need a renewed social contract, based on rights and opportunities for all, to tackle poverty and exclusion, invest in education, and rebuild trust and social cohesion.”
“We must listen to those experiencing injustice and ensure their concerns and demands are at the centre of efforts to dismantle discriminatory structure,” Guterres added.

He said, “reparatory justice is also crucial to realize racial equality and atone for the enduring legacy of centuries of enslavement and colonialism. Historical injustices manifest themselves in poverty, underdevelopment, marginalization, and social instability for entire communities and countries.”
Guterres reiterated, “it is time to recognize and repair longstanding wrongs. Building a future of justice requires mending an unjust past.”

“Together, we are committed to making sure people of every race, ethnicity, colour, gender, religion, creed and sexual orientation enjoy a sense of belonging and safety, and have an equal opportunity to contribute to the success of our United Nations,” the UN chief said.

He continued, “realizing the vision of a world free of racism and racial discrimination demands action every day, at every level, in every society.”

Guterres ended his remarks by saying “today and every day, let us unite around our common humanity and speak as one for equality, respect, justice and dignity for all.”

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is on 21 March.
The 2022 edition of the International Day focuses on the theme “VOICES FOR ACTION AGAINST RACISM”. This edition aims, in particular, at: highlighting the importance of strengthening meaningful and safe public participation and representation in all areas of decision-making to prevent and combat racial discrimination; reaffirming the importance of full respect for the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and of protecting civic space; and recognizing the contribution of individuals and organizations that stand up against racial discrimination and the challenges they face.
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