UN / STIELL CLIMATE CHANGE INTERVIEW

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Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Simon Stiell said, “climate change does not respect borders and boundaries, it does not respect political election cycles,” but it does impact the lives of people globally. UNIFEED / FILE

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RECENT – UNIFEED - 10 SEPTEMBER 2022, SINDH / BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN

1.Various shots, flooded towns and agricultural lands

20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“Climate change does not respect borders and boundaries; doesn't respect political election cycles. But what it does do impacts the lives of people globally. I think taking that approach of collective responsibility, and doing what needs to be done, and it's not just from a moral perspective, it's not just from an ecological perspective. It's also good business. It makes good business sense, and the cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of action.”

FAO - 15 JULY 2022, DOLOW, SOMALIA - PLEASE CREDIT FAO ON SCREEN

3. Tracking shot, displaced children walking with water bottle

FAO - JANUARY 2022, BELETWEYNE, SOMALIA – PLEASE CREDIT FAO ON SCREEN

4. Wide shot, man standing over an animal carcass

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5. Med shot, a shepherd giving his animals water to drink
6. Close up, a goat drinking water

20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“Measures can be taken. But those measures aren't by the small islands, the most vulnerable who suffer the worst consequences of climate change aren't the cause of climate change. That rests within the G20 group - where they generate 80 per cent of global emissions. And they also have the means to solve the problem, you know, with 85 per cent of the global GDP.”

FILE – UNIFEED - 8 JULY 2015, SVALBARD, NORWAY

8. Various shot, Blomstrandbreen glacier

20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“So the need to adapt to this changing environment is number one priority, certainly for those climate vulnerable countries. But as the temperature continues to drift up, you know, there are limits to what you can adapt to. And that is where loss and damage then kick in - how do you protect yourself against a category five hurricane? What you then focus on is how do you minimize the damages and have the mechanisms in place so that you can build back better, you can recover far faster. Minimize loss of life, minimize loss of damage to infrastructure, but that damage is there.”

FILE – UNIFEED - 7 JULY 2015, SVALBARD, NORWAY

10. Various shots, Svalbard

20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“So the issue of loss and damage is very real. And the less that we do in mitigating the impacts of the causes of climate change, the more we're going to have to spend on adaptation. And then as we reach those limits, is the more that's going to have to be spent in terms of addressing the losses and damages caused by these events.”

FILE – WFP - 12 JULY 2022, CHALABI DESERT, KENYA - PLEASE CREDIT WFP ON SCREEN

12. Aerial shot, of camels crossing drought stricken Chalbi desert
13. Various shots, dogs picking at the carcasses of dead animals

FILE – WFP - 12 JULY 2022, MALIBOT, KENYA - PLEASE CREDIT WFP ON SCREEN

14. Various shots, people collecting water

20 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stiell, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
“As governments you're not only having to, to address those climate impacts, but you also have to educate your people. You have to provide them with adequate health care, social services, you have to maintain your infrastructure you have to run country develop a country with very, very limited resources. So have a deep appreciation of the challenges that developing countries face when it comes to the day-to-day activities of government. But also that added burden and handicap of dealing with climate change.”

FILE – UNIFEED - 10 SEPTEMBER 2022, SINDH / BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN

16. Various shots, flooded towns and agricultural lands

STORYLINE:

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Simon Stiell said that “climate change does not respect borders and boundaries, it does not respect political election cycles,” but it does impact the lives of people globally.

In an interview in New York on the sidelines of the General Assembly last week (20 Sep), Stiell said that the world needs an “approach of collective responsibility,” adding that “it's not just from a moral perspective, it's not just from an ecological perspective. It's also good business. It makes good business sense, and the cost of inaction is far greater than the cost of action.”

The newly appointed UNFCCC Executive Secretary also said, “measures can be taken. But those measures aren't by the small islands, the most vulnerable who suffer the worst consequences of climate change aren't the cause of climate change.”

Stiell reiterated that the measures rest within the G20 group – “where they generate 80 per cent of global emissions. And they also have the means to solve the problem, you know, with 85 per cent of the global GDP.”

On climate mitigation and adaptation, he said, “the need to adapt to this changing environment is number one priority, certainly for those climate vulnerable countries.”

However, Stiell continued, “as the temperature continues to drift up, you know, there are limits to what you can adapt to. And that is where loss and damage then kick in - how do you protect yourself against a category five hurricane? What you then focus on is how do you minimize the damages and have the mechanisms in place so that you can build back better, you can recover far faster. Minimize loss of life, minimize loss of damage to infrastructure, but that damage is there.”

The Executive Secretary also said, “the issue of loss and damage is very real. And the less that we do in mitigating the impacts of the causes of climate change, the more we're going to have to spend on adaptation. And then as we reach those limits, is the more that's going to have to be spent in terms of addressing the losses and damages caused by these events.”

Governments not only need to address climate impacts, but also have to educate their people, Stiell said.

He explained, “you have to provide them with adequate health care, social services, you have to maintain your infrastructure you have to run country develop a country with very, very limited resources. So have a deep appreciation of the challenges that developing countries face when it comes to the day-to-day activities of government. But also that added burden and handicap of dealing with climate change.”

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) will be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Mr. Simon Stiell of Grenada as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 15 August 2022.
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