UN / LEAGUE ARAB STATES

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UN chief António Guterres said that today more than ever, “we need to come together and stand together in support of multilateral peaceful solutions. This is why our relationship with the League of Arab States and the strong support from its membership have never been more essential – or more appreciated”. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

23 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Guterres talking with Alaqil, Aboul Gheit, Shaheen, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The League of Arab States is critical across the spectrum of our work. When COVID-19 upended societies and economies and threatened new vectors of instability, Secretary-General Aboul Gheit and I appealed to this Council to open space for multilateral efforts, humanitarian action, and diplomatic solutions. Scanning the region today, these appeals are even more critical. We remain united in our pursuit of multilateral answers to the cascading challenges facing the Arab world and beyond. These efforts have an added urgency as we face the profound global ramifications of the war in Ukraine. Numerous countries, for example, import at least half of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia – including Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Food, fuel, and fertilizer prices are skyrocketing. Supply chains are being disrupted. And the costs and delays of transportation of imported goods – when available – are at record levels. All of this is hitting the poorest the hardest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest around the globe. In addition, we are seeing clear evidence of this war draining resources and attention from other trouble-spots in desperate need.”
4. Wide shot, Guterres talking with Alaqil, Aboul Gheit, Shaheen, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are particularly focused on building stronger partnerships with the League in the areas of women, peace and security, disarmament, mediation, and peacebuilding. And we are expanding our cooperation on youth, peace, and security issues in which capacity building and consultations on a regional strategy in the Arab region are increasing.”
6. Wide shot, Member States, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today more than ever, we need to come together and stand together in support of multilateral peaceful solutions. This is why our relationship with the League of Arab States and the strong support from its membership have never been more essential – or more appreciated.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Khalifa Shaheen, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates:
“We also emphasize the need for any security council approach to resolving regional issues to reflect the concerns of Arab countries and consider their views. These countries can present a unique perspective to the Council on ways to break the current stalemate in various political processes. In this regard, we stress the importance of warking according to the principle of seeking Arab solutions to Arab issues. This requires first and foremost demanding an end to foreign interference in Arabic affairs.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:
UN chief António Guterres said that today more than ever, “we need to come together and stand together in support of multilateral peaceful solutions. This is why our relationship with the League of Arab States and the strong support from its membership have never been more essential – or more appreciated”.

Speaking today (23 March) at a Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and the Arab League (LAS), the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said, “the League of Arab States is critical across the spectrum of our work.”

He also said, “We remain united in our pursuit of multilateral answers to the cascading challenges facing the Arab world and beyond,” noting that these efforts have an added urgency as we face the “profound global ramifications of the war in Ukraine.”

“Numerous countries, for example, import at least half of their wheat from Ukraine or Russia – including Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Food, fuel, and fertilizer prices are skyrocketing. Supply chains are being disrupted. And the costs and delays of transportation of imported goods – when available – are at record levels,” Guterres explained.

“All of this is hitting the poorest the hardest and planting the seeds for political instability and unrest around the globe,” he highlighted.

“We are seeing clear evidence of this war draining resources and attention from other trouble-spots in desperate need,” the UN Chief added, renewing his plea for humanitarian and development financing.

The Secretary-General said, “we are particularly focused on building stronger partnerships with the League in the areas of Women, Peace, and Security, disarmament, mediation, and peacebuilding. And we are expanding our cooperation on Youth, Peace, and Security issues in which capacity building and consultations on a regional strategy in the Arab region are increasing.”

He also mentioned that the fifteenth UN-LAS General Meeting on Cooperation will take place in July to advance the biennial framework and work together on a sectoral meeting on climate change.

Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), stressed the need for the two organizations to enhance their cooperation in solving Arab issues.

He also emphasized the need “for any security council approach to resolving regional issues to reflect the concerns of Arab countries and consider their views.”

“These countries can present a unique perspective to the Council on ways to break the current stalemate in various political processes,” he explained.

Khalifa Shaheen Almarar also stressed the importance of “working according to the principle of seeking Arab solutions to Arab issues. This requires first and foremost demanding an end to foreign interference in Arabic affairs.”
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