UN / QUEEN ELIZABETH II TRIBUTE

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At a General Assembly’s remembrance event for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the UN Secretary-General described her as “a pillar without peer on the world stage for more than seventy years.” UNIFEED


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DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

15 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, 77th session of the General Assembly:
“When visiting the United Nations in 2010, Her Majesty expressed admiration for those who have the talent to lead, particularly in public service and in diplomatic life. In her remarks to the General Assembly on that visit, she observed that quote “some attributes of leadership are universal, and often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, 77th session of the General Assembly:
“When the United Nations is judged by future generations, her hope, she said, would be that “our sincerity, our willingness to take a lead, and our determination to do the right thing, will stand the test of time.” The parallels between the words spoken by Her Majesty and a description of her attributes are clear.”
6. UPSOUND (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, 77th session of the General Assembly:
“I now invite representatives to stand and observe a minute of silence in memory of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
7. Various shots, representatives stand in silence
8. Wide shot, Secretary-General walks to the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Queen Elizabeth was a pillar without peer on the world stage for more than seventy years. She acceded to the throne in a different age: the era of Churchill, Truman, Stalin, Mao and De Gaulle. A reassuring and inspiring presence, she was an anchor of stability across decades of often turbulent history. The first part of her remarkable reign saw many nations gaining independence from Britain and the formation of the Commonwealth, a diverse multilateral group.”
10. Med shot, General Assembly
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Queen Elizabeth defied geopolitical gravity. She was a consummate diplomat. And she often wielded her diplomatic skills as the only woman in the room. When our institution and Queen Elizabeth were both young, she stood at this very podium and called on leaders to demonstrate their devotion to the ideals of the United Nations Charter. She well understood that formal bonds and agreements are only half the story.”
12. Close up, representatives from the United Kingdom
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“For seven decades, Queen Elizabeth transcended her role to connect at the most human level with everyone she met — world leaders and ordinary people alike. And for that, she was among the most respected and loved global leaders of our age. Queen Elizabeth’s passing will be deeply felt, particularly for those who knew and loved her best. Her legacy is an inspiring example of leadership that serves.”
14. Wide shot, General Assembly
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States of America:
“She showed friendship and respect to newly independent nations. She elevated the cause of liberty and justice. And through the Commonwealth, she helped foster a community that promoted peace and prosperity for all. Queen Elizabeth spent over seven decades of service as Head of State, wielding her wisdom, her wit, her kindness toward the good of her kingdom and the world. Her life, marked by dignity and grace, courage and character, inspired millions worldwide. And I know that it will continue to inspire generations to come.”
16. Wide shot, General Assembly
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“She was quite simply the United Kingdom's greatest diplomat. Her life dedicated to fostering peace and friendship through the Commonwealth and the world. The United Nations was central to that ethos. She was committed to this organization from its very beginning in 1946. As a young princess, Her Majesty welcomed delegates to the first meetings of the UN in London, as the world recovered from the horrors of World War II.”
18. Med shot, General Assembly
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Barbara Woodward, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see the things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. And faced with the complexity of history, Her Majesty reminded us of the importance of forbearance and conciliation of being able to bow to the past but not be bound by it.”
20. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

At a General Assembly’s remembrance event for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the UN Secretary-General described her as “a pillar without peer on the world stage for more than seventy years.”

Addressing Member States on Thursday (15 Sep) after a minute of silence, António Guterres noted that the Queen “acceded to the throne in a different age: the era of Churchill, Truman, Stalin, Mao and De Gaulle.”

Saying she was “a reassuring and inspiring presence”, Guterres remembered the Queen as “an anchor of stability across decades of often turbulent history.”

The Secretary-General also noted that the first part of her remarkable reign saw many nations gaining independence from Britain and the formation of the Commonwealth, a diverse multilateral group.

Guterres said that Queen Elizabeth “defied geopolitical gravity” and “was a consummate diplomat.”

The UN chief noted that “she often wielded her diplomatic skills as the only woman in the room” and recalled when she spoke at the General Assembly and “called on leaders to demonstrate their devotion to the ideals of the United Nations Charter.”

“She well understood that formal bonds and agreements are only half the story,” the Secretary-General said.

For seven decades, Guterres continued, “Queen Elizabeth transcended her role to connect at the most human level with everyone she met — world leaders and ordinary people alike.”

For that, he said, the monarch “was among the most respected and loved global leaders of our age.”

“Queen Elizabeth’s passing will be deeply felt, particularly for those who knew and loved her best. Her legacy is an inspiring example of leadership that serves,” the UN chief concluded.

The President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, also remembered one of the Queen’s visits to the UN Headquarters, in 2010, when she expressed admiration for those who have the talent to lead, particularly in public service and in diplomatic life.

In her remarks to the General Assembly on that visit, Kőrösi recalled, the Queen observed that “some attributes of leadership are universal, and often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration, to work together.”

“When the United Nations is judged by future generations, her hope, she said, would be that “our sincerity, our willingness to take a lead, and our determination to do the right thing, will stand the test of time.” The parallels between the words spoken by Her Majesty and a description of her attributes are clear,” said the President of the General Assembly.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the Permanent Representative from the United States, said the Queen “showed friendship and respect to newly independent nations” and “elevated the cause of liberty and justice.”

Through the Commonwealth, said the ambassador, the Queen “helped foster a community that promoted peace and prosperity for all.”

“Queen Elizabeth spent over seven decades of service as Head of State, wielding her wisdom, her wit, her kindness toward the good of her kingdom and the world. Her life, marked by dignity and grace, courage and character, inspired millions worldwide. And I know that it will continue to inspire generations to come,” concluded the Permanent Representative.

Speaking for the United Kingdom, ambassador Barbara Woodward said that Queen Elizabeth II “was quite simply the United Kingdom's greatest diplomat.”

Woodward noted how the monarch dedicated her life to “fostering peace and friendship through the Commonwealth and the world” and “the United Nations was central to that ethos.”

According to Woodward, the Queen “was committed to this organization from its very beginning in 1946” and, as s a young princess, in 1946, she “welcomed delegates to the first meetings of the UN in London, as the world recovered from the horrors of World War II.”

“With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see the things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. And faced with the complexity of history, Her Majesty reminded us of the importance of forbearance and conciliation of being able to bow to the past but not be bound by it.”
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