UN / PANDEMIC HIGH LEVEL

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The President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, said that while the “darkest days” of COVID-19 have passed, questions just continue to linger, “When will the next pandemic break out? Where and how will it hit humanity? What can we do to prevent it? How should we ensure that it causes the least possible damage to our societies?” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 9 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

9 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“While the darkest days have passed, the questions just continue to linger: When will the next pandemic break out? Where and how will it hit humanity? What can we do to prevent it? How should we ensure that it causes the least possible damage to our societies?”
4. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“We must address the serious shortcomings in our national, regional, and global efforts to prevent another pandemic from taking a similar toll.”
6. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“COVID-19 may be over as a global health emergency. But the threat of another pathogen emerging is even deadlier potential remains.”
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Member states are negotiating a new pandemic accord, a generational commitment that we will not go back to the old cycle of panic and neglect that left our world vulnerable but move forward with a shared commitment to meet shared threats with a shared response.”
9. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“As we recover from the collective trauma of COVID-19, we must work together to build a new future that's equitable, inclusive, and coherent.”
11. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
12. Wide shot, Kőrösi walking to podium, General Assembly stakeout
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“It is a time of unprecedented and interlocking crisis in the world, and responding to that it is, and it must be, a year of crisis management and transformation in the General Assembly.”
14. Wide shot, Kőrösi, co-facilitators, General Assembly stakeout
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“The human dimension of this transformation is very closely characterized by three health-related negotiating processes on the Tuberculosis (TB) preparedness, the pandemic preparedness, and the universal health coverage. We are very strongly relying on the conviction of the member states and other stakeholders that when health is at risk, everything is at risk.”
16. Wide shot, Kőrösi, co-facilitators, General Assembly stakeout
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“It is not purely a health issue. It's an issue of policymaking, issue of financing, issue of scientific progress, issue of technological advancement, and issue of how we build trust among ourselves, and how to rebuild our networks of cooperation.”
18. Wide shot, Kőrösi, co-facilitators, General Assembly stakeout
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Csaba Kőrösi, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“DAMA protocol is trying to identify those mostly viruses that have the most potential of making the big jump to the human body. We know that there are about eight strains on the watch list now, but the number of potential bugs are much, much higher. But this is not what we can decide here in the General Assembly. It is a job for researchers, for scientists. Our job is to draw lessons learned from our own mistakes.”
20. Wide shot, end of press encounter, General Assembly stakeout

STORYLINE:
The President of the General Assembly, Csaba Kőrösi, said that while the “darkest days” of COVID-19 have passed, questions just continue to linger, “When will the next pandemic break out? Where and how will it hit humanity? What can we do to prevent it? How should we ensure that it causes the least possible damage to our societies?”

Addressing the interactive multistakeholder hearing today (9 May), as part of the preparatory process toward the High-level meeting on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response, Kőrösi said, “We must address the serious shortcomings in our national, regional, and global efforts to prevent another pandemic from taking a similar toll.”

In a video message, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated, “COVID-19 may be over as a global health emergency. But the threat of another pathogen emerging is even deadlier potential remains.”

He also said, “Member states are negotiating a new pandemic accord, a generational commitment that we will not go back to the old cycle of panic and neglect that left our world vulnerable but move forward with a shared commitment to meet shared threats with a shared response.”

He concluded, “As we recover from the collective trauma of COVID-19, we must work together to build a new future that's equitable, inclusive, and coherent.”

Following the morning session of the High-level meeting on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response, the president of the General Assembly addressed reporters, joined by the six co-facilitators of the three General Assembly negotiations related to health (Ambassadors of Guyana, Israel, Morocco, Poland, Thailand & Uzbekistan).

Kőrösi said, “It is a time of unprecedented and interlocking crisis in the world, and responding that it is, and it must be, a year of crisis management and transformation in the General Assembly.”

He continued, “The human dimension of this transformation is very closely characterized by three health-related negotiating processes on the Tuberculosis (TB) preparedness, the pandemic preparedness, and the universal health coverage. We are very strongly relying on the conviction of the member states and other stakeholders that when health is at risk, everything is at risk.”

The president of the General Assembly stressed, “It is not purely a health issue. It's an issue of policymaking, issue of financing, issue of scientific progress, issue of technological advancement, and issue of how we build trust among ourselves, and how to rebuild our networks of cooperation.”

Answering a journalist, Kőrösi said that the DAMA protocol (Document, Assess, Monitor, Act) is trying to identify “those mostly viruses that have the most potential of making the big jump to the human body. We know that there are about eight strains on the watch list now, but the number of potential bugs is much, much higher.”

But, he stressed, “This is not what we can decide here in the General Assembly. It is a job for researchers, for scientists. Our job is to draw lessons learned from our own mistakes.”
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