UN / 77th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OPENING

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Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary took oath of office today as the President of the 77th United Nations General Assembly. His presidency will highlight “solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

12 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Med shot, Secretary-General and presidents of the General Assembly for the 76th and 77th sessions
4. Med shot, Secretary-General walks to the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Like the previous one, this session was marked by a series of deepening challenges. Rising prices, the erosion of purchasing power, growing food insecurity and the gathering shadows of a global recession. A global pandemic that refused to be defeated — and the emergence of another health emergency in monkeypox. And deadly heatwaves, storms, floods and other natural disasters. I just came back from Pakistan, it’s unimaginable to see a flooded area that is three times the size of my own country, Portugal, and the suffering of the place that is taking place.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The coming session will continue to test the multilateral system like never before. And it will continue to test cohesion and trust among Member States. The road ahead will be challenging and unpredictable. But by using the tools of our trade — diplomacy, negotiation and compromise — we can continue supporting people and communities around the world. We can pave the way to a better, more peaceful future for all people.”
8. Med shot, Secretary-General walks away from the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, United Nations:
“I promised a presidency of hope built on five rays of hope: recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting the rights of all and revitalizing the United Nations. And every day for the past 365 days my team and I worked to deliver this vision. We convened 103 former plenary meetings, adopted 307 resolutions and 140 decisions.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, United Nations:
“We are now coming to the end of the 76th regular session of the General Assembly. May I invite representatives to stand and observe one minute of silence prayer or meditation.”
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, 77th session of the General Assembly:
“I Csaba Kőrösi solemnly declare that I shall truthfully perform my duties and exercise the functions entrusted to me as president of the General Assembly of the United Nations in all loyalty, discretion and conscience.”
12. Med shot, Secretary-General and presidents of the General Assembly for the 76th and 77th sessions
13. UPSOUND (English) Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the General Assembly, United Nations:
“The 76th session of the general assembly is completed. The meeting is adjourned.”
14. Zoom out, participants of the meeting clap
15. Med shot, President of the 77th Session of the General Assembly and his spokesperson walk to the stakeout
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, 77th session of the General Assembly:
“We must continue to reform and transform the United Nations, including the General Assembly, and strengthen our cooperation trough trust. The motto of my presidency will be ‘solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science.’ This is why I’ve decided that the central theme of this General Debate will be ‘a watershed moment, transformative solutions to interlocking challenges’.”
15. Med shot, President of the 77th Session of the General Assembly and his spokesperson walk away from the stakeout
16. Presidents of the General Assembly for the 76th and 77th sessions shake hands in front of the Maldives and United Nations’ flags
17. Maldives flag is switched for the Hungarian flag
18. Presidents of the General Assembly for the 76th and 77th stand in front of the Hungary and United Nations’ flags

STORYLINE:

Csaba Kőrösi of Hungary took oath of office today as the President of the 77th United Nations General Assembly. His presidency will highlight “solutions through solidarity, sustainability and science.”

Speaking to journalists today (12 Sep) in New York after taking his oath of office, Kőrösi also informed that this years’ theme for the General Debate will be “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”.

Kőrösi said the international community “must continue to reform and transform the United Nations, including the General Assembly, and strengthen our cooperation trough trust.”

Also today, opening the last meeting of the 76th session, the Secretary-General said the last 12 months were marked “by a series of deepening challenges.”

António Guterres highlighted “rising prices, the erosion of purchasing power, growing food insecurity and the gathering shadows of a global recession. A global pandemic that refused to be defeated — and the emergence of another health emergency in monkeypox. And deadly heatwaves, storms, floods and other natural disasters.”

The UN chief also mentioned the situation in Pakistan, where he was over the weekend, saying “it’s unimaginable to see a flooded area that is three times the size of my own country, Portugal, and the suffering of the place that is taking place.”

For the Secretary-General, “the coming session will continue to test the multilateral system like never before. And it will continue to test cohesion and trust among Member States. The road ahead will be challenging and unpredictable. But by using the tools of our trade — diplomacy, negotiation and compromise — we can continue supporting people and communities around the world. We can pave the way to a better, more peaceful future for all people.”

On his last meeting as President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid said he had “promised a presidency of hope built on five rays of hope: recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting the rights of all and revitalizing the United Nations.”

“And every day for the past 365 days my team and I worked to deliver this vision. We convened 103 former plenary meetings, adopted 307 resolutions and 140 decisions”, Shahid said.
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