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UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a “coalition of the world” to overcome divisions, provide hope in place of turmoil. UNIFEED

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STORY: GA / GENERAL DEBATE OPENING
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DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Various shots, exterior, United Nations Headquarters
2. Various shots, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“So let’s develop common solutions to common problems — grounded in goodwill, trust, and the rights shared by every human being. Let’s work as one, as a coalition of the world, as united nations.”
4. Wide shot, General Assembly
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is essential to continue removing all remaining obstacles to the export of Russian fertilizers and their ingredients, including ammonia. These products are not subject to sanctions – and we will keep up our efforts to eliminate indirect effects. Another major concern is the impact of high gas prices on the production of nitrogen fertilizers. This must also be addressed seriously. Without action now, the global fertilizer shortage will quickly morph into a global food shortage.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must also prioritize prevention and peacebuilding. That means strengthening strategic foresight, anticipating flashpoints that could erupt into violence, and tackling emerging threats posed by cyber warfare and lethal autonomous weapons. It means expanding the role of regional groups, strengthening peacekeeping, intensifying disarmament and non-proliferation, preventing and countering terrorism, and ensuring accountability. And it means recognizing human rights as pivotal for prevention.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The climate crisis is a case study in moral and economic injustice. The G20 emits 80 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. But the poorest and most vulnerable – those who contributed least to this crisis – are bearing its most brutal impacts. 10 Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry is feasting on hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and windfall profits while household budgets shrink and our planet burns.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, I am calling on all developed economies to tax the windfall profits of fossil fuel companies. Those funds should be re-directed in two ways: to countries suffering loss and damage caused by the climate crisis; and to people struggling with rising food and energy prices.”
12. Various shots, General Assembly
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the General Assembly:
“I stand ready to support Member States to identify transformative, impact-oriented, systemic, and sustainable solutions. I promise to cooperate with all stakeholders – civil society, young people, women, and the scientific community, to name but a few. UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes are critical to bringing our efforts out of this Hall and into our communities. To deliver on the agenda requested by Member States, I count on your constructive engagement, cooperation, and mutual respect to each other. I emphasize that the revitalization of both the United Nations and the General Assembly must continue.”
14. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a “coalition of the world” to overcome divisions, provide hope in place of turmoil.

Speaking at the opening day (20 Sep) of the General Assembly’s high-level debate in New York, the Secretary-General said that the world is in big trouble, divides are growing deeper, inequalities are growing wider, challenges are spreading farther.

With evocative images of the Brave Commander, one of the vessels that has been carrying tonnes of Ukrainian wheat bound for points in Ethiopia, Yemen and beyond, showing behind him on the walls of the iconic General Assembly Hall, Guterres said the ship, and the UN-brokered Black Sea Grain Initiative that had launched it were not symbols of conflict and hunger but of hope born of cooperation.

Guterres reiterated, “it is essential to continue removing all remaining obstacles to the export of Russian fertilizers and their ingredients, including ammonia. These products are not subject to sanctions – and we will keep up our efforts to eliminate indirect effects.”
The UN chief contined, “another major concern is the impact of high gas prices on the production of nitrogen fertilizers. This must also be addressed seriously. Without action now, the global fertilizer shortage will quickly morph into a global food shortage.”

Guterres also highlighted, “we must also prioritize prevention and peacebuilding. That means strengthening strategic foresight, anticipating flashpoints that could erupt into violence, and tackling emerging threats posed by cyber warfare and lethal autonomous weapons.”

He explained, “it means expanding the role of regional groups, strengthening peacekeeping, intensifying disarmament and non-proliferation, preventing and countering terrorism, and ensuring accountability. And it means recognizing human rights as pivotal for prevention.”

There is another battle we must end – our suicidal war against nature, the UN chief warned.

He said that we have a rendezvous with climate disaster, recalling his recent trip to Pakistan – where one-third of the country is submerged by a monsoon on steroids.

Guterres added, “the climate crisis is a case study in moral and economic injustice.”

He continued, “the G20 emits 80 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. But the poorest and most vulnerable – those who contributed least to this crisis – are bearing its most brutal impacts.”

Guterres stated, “meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry is feasting on hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and windfall profits while household budgets shrink and our planet burns.”

The UN chief called on all developed economies to “tax the windfall profits of fossil fuel companies.”

He reiterated, “those funds should be re-directed in two ways: to countries suffering loss and damage caused by the climate crisis; and to people struggling with rising food and energy prices.”

Csaba Kőrösi, President of the 77th session of the General Assembly also spoke to world leaders.

He said, “I stand ready to support Member States to identify transformative, impact-oriented, systemic, and sustainable solutions. I promise to cooperate with all stakeholders – civil society, young people, women, and the scientific community, to name but a few.”

Kőrösi added, “UN Agencies, Funds, and Programmes are critical to bringing our efforts out of this Hall and into our communities.”

The President of the General Assembly said, “to deliver on the agenda requested by Member States, I count on your constructive engagement, cooperation, and mutual respect to each other.”

He emphasized that the revitalization of both the United Nations and the General Assembly “must continue.”
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