YEMEN / GUTERRES OIL TANKER

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11-May-2022 00:01:12
The United Nations' Secretary-General warned on Wednesday that “there isn’t a moment to lose” to stop the SAFER oil tanker, a rusting ship near the Yemeni coast, from spilling more than 1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea. UNIFEED

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I send my warm greetings to everyone attending this event, and I thank you for supporting efforts to prevent an ecological and humanitarian disaster off the coast of Yemen.
The SAFER oil tanker threatens to spill more than 1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea, devastating the coast, destroying livelihoods, depleting fisheries, and potentially disrupting traffic through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.
The United Nations plan for the SAFER can stop this disaster before it starts.
In recent months, the UN has worked closely with all stakeholders to get to a clear way forward that enjoys widespread support.
Now we need the funds to implement the plan.
Today’s event is a critical step to preventing a catastrophe that would affect Yemen, the region and the world.
I thank all those whose efforts have helped us to reach this point, and the Netherlands for co-hosting today’s event.
I urge all Yemen’s partners to provide full funding so that work can start immediately.
There isn’t a moment to lose.
Thank you.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY
3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

STORYLINE:

The United Nations' Secretary-General warned on Wednesday that “there isn’t a moment to lose” to stop the SAFER oil tanker, a rusting ship near the Yemeni coast, from spilling more than 1 million barrels of oil into the Red Sea.

In a video message, António Guterres said the spill would be “devastating the coast, destroying livelihoods, depleting fisheries, and potentially disrupting traffic through the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.”

The UN chief’s message was shown at a pledging event taking place today (11 May) in The Hague to fund the plan to deal with the FSO Safer.

The Secretary-General said that the UN plan for the Safer can stop this disaster before it starts.

Now we need the funds to implement the plan, Guterres said, and today’s event is a critical step to preventing a catastrophe that would affect Yemen, the region and the world.

He urged all Yemen’s partners to provide full funding so that work can start immediately.

During today’s conference, donors pledged US$33 million in new funding for the UN-coordinated operational plan.
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