UN / SDG MOMENT

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Opening the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) Moment in New York, UN Secretary-General said the meeting happens “at a critical point" in the world and urged countries to take more action. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

19 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Priyanka Chopra Jonas, actress, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador:
“We meet at a critical point at our world. At a time when global solidarity is more important than ever. As countries continue to struggle from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the climate crisis upends lives and livelihoods, as conflict rage and as poverty displacement, hunger and inequalities destroy the very foundation of the more just world that we have fought for for such a long time.”
4. Med shot, Secretary-General walks to the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Each peril is pushing the Sustainable Development Goals further out of reach. And in the face of such perils, it is tempting to put our long-term development priorities to one side. To leave them for a sunny day. But development cannot wait. The education of our children cannot wait. Dignified jobs cannot wait. Full equality for women and girls cannot wait. Comprehensive health care, meaningful climate action, biodiversity protection — these cannot be left for tomorrow.”
6. Med shot, Secretary-General in the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must all do more to lift up women and girls in every walk of life. And we need to save our planet — which is quite literally on fire. This means addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and pollution. It means supporting the Global Biodiversity Framework to transform how we use and preserve our natural gifts for the future. And it means moving away from our suicidal dependence on fossil fuels and jump-starting the renewable energy transition in every country.”
8. Med shot, Secretary-General leaves the podium
9. Med shot, President of the General Assembly walks to the podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, 77th session of the General Assembly:
“We need initiatives from civil society, the voice and passion of youth, the support of the private sector but, most importantly, you, the Member States to deliver on promises made. The 17 Global Goals are the To-Do-List. They must be the To-Do-List of all leaders in this room. We are the people who can get this, the To-Do-List of the World done.”
11. Med shot, President of the General Assembly leaves the podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Nomzamo Mbatha, actress, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador:
“It is time to come together and check off the world’s to-do list. It's time to be bold, to double down on our ambitions and actions to create a better, more peaceful and prosperous future for everyone.”
13. Wide shot, General Assembly
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Barbados:
“We want you, my friends, the children of this word, to told us, the governments, accountable, and to recognize that we do have choice and leaders can make decisions and leaders are not constrained in the decisions that we make and that everything does not depend on finance, although it is absolutely critical, and we will fight for finance, as I will speak later this week, about the reform of the international financial architecture, but even without that there are things that you and I can do.”
15. Med shot, Melinda French Gates, Agnes Kalibata and Rebeca Grynspan on stage
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):
“We need to bring prices down, but we need also financial availability for the liquidity of countries to go up, for the fiscal space to widen so that countries can get social protection for their poor and vulnerable.”
17. Wide shot, Melinda French Gates, Agnes Kalibata and Rebeca Grynspan on stage
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Melinda Gates, philanthropist, Global Advocate for Women and Girls:
“We need to stop talking about empowering women, we need to just make sure women have power. It's not just putting food on the table. It's making decisions around that table. It's not just being a recipient of government policy is sitting at the table when government policy is made.”
19. Med shot, Melinda French Gates, Agnes Kalibata and Rebeca Grynspan on stage
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Agnes Kalibata, President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
“Women need voice. Women already know what they want to do, and they're already practicing things that can go to scale, but they are not in places where they can express themselves. The knowledge they have stays with them because it's not being tapped into. So let's give them voice and lets allow ourselves to learn from what they are doing.”
21. Med shot, Melinda French Gates, Agnes Kalibata and Rebeca Grynspan on stage
22. Wide shot, Amanda Gorman walks to the podium
23. UPSOUND (English) Amanda Gorman, poet:
“UN Secretary-General, distinguished guests and all of humankind.”
24. Med shot, Amanda Gorman at the podium
25. Wide shot, Amanda Gorman walks away from the podium
26. SOUNDBITE (English), Rosé, singer, Blackpink:
“We can't deny that the climate crisis is getting worse. There isn't a single moment to lose. That is why SDG 13 for climate action is so important. It can truly make or break our efforts across all global goals.”
27. SOUNDBITE (English), Jennie, singer, Blackpink:
“We must seize this moment and take actions to create a world that is more sustainable and leaves no one behind.”
28. Various shots, Judith Hill sings
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada:
“There is many people living in poverty today as there were in 2015 when the 2030 Agenda was adopted. The truth is that everything from COVID, to climate change to international conflict makes the solutions we need more complex and interconnected than ever.”
30. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

Opening the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) Moment in New York, UN Secretary-General said the meeting happens “at a critical point" in the world and urged countries to take more action.

Listing several crises, António Guterres said that “each peril is pushing the Sustainable Development Goals further out of reach.”

According to the UN chief, in the face of such perils, “it is tempting to put our long-term development priorities to one side. To leave them for a sunny day. But development cannot wait.”

“The education of our children cannot wait. Dignified jobs cannot wait. Full equality for women and girls cannot wait. Comprehensive health care, meaningful climate action, biodiversity protection — these cannot be left for tomorrow,” said the Secretary-General.

Guterres said everyone must “do more to lift up women and girls in every walk of life” and to “save our planet — which is quite literally on fire.”

For the UN chief, this means “addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and pollution” and moving away from a “suicidal dependence” on fossil fuels and jump-starting the renewable energy transition in every country.

The actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas also hihghlited the importance of this moment, saying that “global solidarity is more important than ever.”

According to the actress, the “devastating effects” of the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, conflicts, poverty, displacement, hunger and inequalities threaten to “destroy the very foundation of the more just world that we have fought for for such a long time.”

Csaba Kőrösi, the President of the 77th session of the General Assembly, also participated in the event, asking for “initiatives from civil society, the voice and passion of youth, the support of the private sector but, most importantly, you, the Member States to deliver on promises made.”

“The 17 Global Goals are the To-Do-List. They must be the To-Do-List of all leaders in this room. We are the people who can get this, the To-Do-List of the World done,” said Kőrösi.

Nomzamo Mbatha, an actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, also told Member States that “it is time to come together and check off the world’s to-do list.”

She continued, “It's time to be bold, to double down on our ambitions and actions to create a better, more peaceful and prosperous future for everyone.”

The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, made a direct appeal to everyone to hold their governments and accountable and to recognize that leaders “do have choice” and “can make decisions”.

The American poet and activist Amanda Gorman also participated in the SDG Moment, reciting the poem “An Ode We Owe”.

The event also included a moment with Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Melinda Gates, philanthropist and Global Advocate for Women and Girls, and Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

Rebeca Grynspan said, “We need to bring prices down, but we need also financial availability for the liquidity of countries to go up, for the fiscal space to widen so that countries can get social protection for their poor and vulnerable.”

Melinda Gates said it was time “to stop talking about empowering women” and “just make sure women have power.”

“It's not just putting food on the table. It's making decisions around that table. It's not just being a recipient of government policy is sitting at the table when government policy is made,” said Gates.

For Agnes Kalibata, “women need voice.”

She explained that women are “already practicing things that can go to scale, but they are not in places where they can express themselves.”

“The knowledge they have stays with them because it's not being tapped into. So let's give them voice and lets allow ourselves to learn from what they are doing,” said Kalibata.

In a video showed in the General Assembly hall, the members of the group Blackpink warned that “the climate crisis is getting worse” and “there isn't a single moment to lose.”

One member of the group, Jennie, said, “We must seize this moment and take actions to create a world that is more sustainable and leaves no one behind.”

The artist Judith Hill then performed, before the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, closed the event.

Trudeau noted that “there is many people living in poverty today as there were in 2015 when the 2030 Agenda was adopted.”

“The truth is that everything from COVID, to climate change to international conflict makes the solutions we need more complex and interconnected than ever,” concluded Trudeau.
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