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The 55th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development is happening this week in New York to discuss the theme “Population and sustainable development, in particular sustained and inclusive economic growth.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY
1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

26 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY
2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Enrique A. Manalo, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, Chair of the fifty-fifth session of the Commission on Population and Development:
“The goal of ending poverty by 2030 was already off track before COVID-19. The pandemic has pushed more than 100 billion people into extreme poverty, reversing decades of progress. At the same time, higher standards of living among the more fortunate members of the global population are often associated with unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, contributing to environmental degradation, and climate change.”
4. Wide shot, briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) John Wilmoth, Director, Population Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA):
“The challenge is to address these fundamental goals and aspirations of the 2030 agenda, the aspirations for sustainability and inclusion, while managing the demographic changes that are taking place, which are huge changes with multiple implications.”
6. Med shot, journalists in the briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Arthur Erken, director, Policy and Strategy Division, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“Nearly half of all pregnancies in the world are unintended. Lack of bodily autonomy, and lack of reproductive choices continue to block women's path to equality. And full participation in economic life.”
8. Wide shot, briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jayati Ghosh, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst:
“There is data from the World Inequality Lab in Paris that tells us that the top 10% of the world, about half of whom are resident in North America and Europe, the top 10% of the world accounts for more than half of global carbon emissions. And some of these rich people are also in East Asia and Southeast Asia and elsewhere, but if we could address the carbon emissions of just this top 10% and bring them down to the average of the European Union, we would be reducing global emissions by one third. That's the kind of change that could be brought about just by reducing inequality at the very top of the income distribution, and that can only be done through public regulation public policies, public fiscal measures.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room

FILE - NEW YORK CITY
11. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

STORYLINE:

The 55th Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development is happening this week in New York to discuss the theme “Population and sustainable development, in particular sustained and inclusive economic growth.”

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday (26 April), the president of this year’s Session, the Permanent Representative of the Philippines, Enrique A. Manalo, said that “the goal of ending poverty by 2030 was already off track before COVID-19.”

According to the ambassador, “the pandemic has pushed more than 100 billion people into extreme poverty, reversing decades of progress.”

At the same time, Manalo said, “higher standards of living among the more fortunate members of the global population are often associated with unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, contributing to environmental degradation, and climate change.”

For John Wilmoth, Director of the Population Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the challenge “is to address these fundamental goals and aspirations of the 2030 agenda, the aspirations for sustainability and inclusion, while managing the demographic changes that are taking place, which are huge changes with multiple implications.”

Addressing the journalists, the director of the Policy and Strategy Division at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), reminded that nearly half of all pregnancies in the world are unintended.

He said that “lack of bodily autonomy, and lack of reproductive choices continue to block women's path to equality” and to “full participation in economic life.”

Jayati Ghosh, from the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, highlighted data from the World Inequality Lab, in Paris, showing that that the top 10% of the world, about half of whom are resident in North America and Europe, the account for more than half of global carbon emissions.

She said that “if we could address the carbon emissions of just this top 10% and bring them down to the average of the European Union, we would be reducing global emissions by one third.”

"That's the kind of change that could be brought about just by reducing inequality at the very top of the income distribution, and that can only be done through public regulation public policies, public fiscal measures,” she said.
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