UN / GUTERRES PEACEBUILDING

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Noting that the world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945 and one quarter of humanity lives in conflict-affected areas, the UN Secretary-General said that the war in Ukraine is “a catastrophe shaking the foundations of the international order.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

30 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As detailed in my report, we are facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945. From Yemen to Syria, Myanmar and Sudan. From Haiti to the Sahel and on and on. And now the war in Ukraine — a catastrophe shaking the foundations of the international order, spilling across borders and causing skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices that spell disaster for developing countries.”
3. Close up, UN flag at headquarters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Around the world, we are seeing military coups and seizures of power by force. A perilous sense of impunity is taking hold. On the other hand nuclear arsenals are growing. Human rights and international law are under assault. The spirit and letter of the UN Charter are being flouted. Criminal and terrorist networks are fuelling — and profiting from — divisions and conflicts. And as always, the poorest and most vulnerable pay the highest price.”
5. Close up, UN flag at headquarters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As we meet today, one quarter of humanity lives in conflict-affected areas. Two billion people. Last year, 84 million were forcibly displaced because of conflict, violence and human rights violations. And this year, we estimate that at least 274 million will need humanitarian assistance. All of this is taking place at a moment of multiplying risks that are pushing peace further out of reach — inequalities, COVID-19, climate change and cyber threats, to name just a few.”
7. Close up, UN flag at headquarters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Over the last decade, the world has spent $349 billion on peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and refugee support. And global military expenditures rose to nearly $2 trillion in 2020. But let’s not forget that war’s greatest cost is its human toll.”
9. Close up, UN flag at headquarters
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“When we consider the costs of war — to the global economy but most of all to humanity’s very soul — peacebuilding is a bargain, and a prerequisite for development and a better future for all.”
11. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

STORYLINE:

Noting that the world is facing the highest number of violent conflicts since 1945 and one quarter of humanity lives in conflict-affected areas, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday (30 Mar) that the war in Ukraine is “a catastrophe shaking the foundations of the international order.”

According to António Guterres the conflict is also “spilling across borders and causing skyrocketing food, fuel and fertilizer prices that spell disaster for developing countries.”

Guterres was delivering his remarks to the Peacebuilding Commission, briefing Members States on his Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.

The UN chief highlighted military coups and seizures of power by force happening around the world and noted that “a perilous sense of impunity is taking hold.”

“On the other hand nuclear arsenals are growing. Human rights and international law are under assault. The spirit and letter of the UN Charter are being flouted. Criminal and terrorist networks are fuelling — and profiting from — divisions and conflicts,” he said.

According to him, as always, “the poorest and most vulnerable pay the highest price.”

Guterres told the Commission that, as of today, one quarter of humanity lives in conflict-affected areas, around two billion people.

In 2021, he said, 84 million were forcibly displaced because of conflict, violence and human rights violations, and this year, the UN estimates that at least 274 million will need humanitarian assistance.

All of this, Guterres said, is “taking place at a moment of multiplying risks that are pushing peace further out of reach — inequalities, COVID-19, climate change and cyber threats, to name just a few.”

The Secretary-General also stressed that over the last decade, the world has spent $349 billion on peacekeeping, humanitarian relief and refugee support. At the same time, global military expenditures rose to nearly $2 trillion in 2020.

“When we consider the costs of war — to the global economy but most of all to humanity’s very soul — peacebuilding is a bargain, and a prerequisite for development and a better future for all,” he concluded.
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