UN / CLIMATE CHANGE OCTOBER WRAP

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Ahead of COP 28, beginning at the end of the month in Dubai, Secretary-General António Guterres traveled to China and Nepal during the month of October to highlight the urgency of reducing emissions to combat climate change. UNIFEED / FILE

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UN NEPAL - 31 OCTOBER 2021, ANAPPURNA, NEPAL

1. Various shots, glaciers
2. Various shots, Secretary-General António Guterres with sherpas at Annapurna Base Camp

UN NEPAL - 30 OCTOBER 2021, MOUNT EVEREST REGION, NEPAL

3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
" The rooftops of the world are caving in. This tragedy is unfolding in two perilous chapters. Phase one is the story of melting glaciers and ice sheets. Record temperatures mean record glacier melt. Nepal has lost close to one-third of its ice in just over thirty years. Antarctica and Greenland are losing billions of tons of ice mass every year. Melting glaciers mean swollen lakes and rivers flooding, sweeping away entire communities; and seas rising at record rates – threatening coastal communities across the globe. The crisis is gaining speed. Nepal’s glaciers melted sixty-five per cent faster in the last decade than they had in the previous one. That means phase two of this tragedy looms ever larger – the disappearance of glaciers altogether."

UN NEPAL - 31 OCTOBER 2021, ANAPPURNA, NEPAL

4. Various shots, glaciers

FILE - UNTV-CH - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

5. Wide shot, Palais des Nations

UNTV-CH - 12 OCTOBER 2023 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

6. Wide shot, speakers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO): “The melting of glaciers is speeding up. In the report, we are showing that, for example, the Swiss mountain glaciers, especially the Alpine ones, they have lost about ten percent of their mass last year and this year, which is a record.”
8. Close up, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“We will have challenges to get water for agriculture, for human beings, industry, and also for hydropower production.”
10. Med shot, speakers

UNTV-CH - 06 OCTOBER 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

11. Wide shot, briefing room dais
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Verena Knaus, Global Lead on Migration and Displacement, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“The report finds that on average, every single day 20,000 children have been displaced by floods, storms, wildfires, or droughts. Or put differently: it is disasters like tropical storms, hurricanes, floods – like in Pakistan and wildfires like recently in Canada – that have displaced more than 43 million children over 44 countries in the past six years.”
13. Med shot, Knaus on screen
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Verena Knaus, Global Lead on Migration and Displacement, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“With every additional one degree of warming, the IPCC believes the global risk of displacement by flooding – the largest driver – could rise by 50 percent. We are not prepared for this climate-changed future.”
15. Wide shot, briefing room dais

FILE – UNICEF - MARCH 2023, MOZAMBIQUE

16. Aerial shot, flooded areas in the Nicoadala district, in Zambézia province, Quelimane due to the impact of Cyclone Freddy
17. Med shot, two girls who lost their home to Cyclone Freddy

FILE – UNICEF - FEBRUARY, MARCH 2023, SOUTH SUDAN

18. Aerial shot, flood waters over village

FILE – UNICEF - APRIL 2023, PHILIPPINES

19. Aerial shot, devastation after Typhoon Odette
20. Various shots, children at temporary learning centre

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

21. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

17 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

22. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The World Meteorological Organization tell us that we've just had the hardest September on record, putting this year on track to be the warmest year on record. June, July, August and September all broke monthly records. In addition, for the sixth consecutive month, September saw a record high monthly global ocean surface temperature, and Antarctica also had its warmest September, with sea ice remaining at seasonal record lows.”

BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE FORUM - 18 OCTOBER 2023, BEIJING, CHINA

24. Wide shot, conference hall
25. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must act together to ensure that projects deliver the green, sustainable infrastructure countries need to support people and ecosystems alike, while breaking free of failed development models that keep us hooked on fossil fuels.”
26. Wide shot, conference hall
27. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need green transportation and municipal power systems anchored in renewable sources that don’t pollute the environment or destroy biodiversity — including providing affordable electricity to all people. We need building and construction industries taking their impacts on nature into account across their plans and projects. We need buildings and water and power-systems that are climate-resilient and able to continue serving communities in the face of disaster. And we need local and national planning alike to embed resilience and adaptation across all plans for the future.”
28. Wide shot, conference hall

STORYLINE:

Ahead of COP 28, beginning at the end of the month in Dubai, Secretary-General António Guterres traveled to China and Nepal during the month of October to highlight the urgency of reducing emissions to combat climate change.

Guterres in Nepal issued an urgent call to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, “to avert the worst of climate chaos” and stop the melting glaciers and ice sheets.

The Secretary-General said, “the rooftops of the world are caving in” noting that Nepal “has lost close to one-third of its ice in just over thirty years” while Antarctica and Greenland “are losing billions of tons of ice mass every year.”

Melting glaciers, he said, “mean swollen lakes and rivers flooding, sweeping away entire communities; and seas rising at record rates – threatening coastal communities across the globe.”

Guterres explained that Nepal’s glaciers “melted sixty-five per cent faster in the last decade than they had in the previous one. That means phase two of this tragedy looms ever larger – the disappearance of glaciers altogether."

As a result of climate change and human activities, the hydrological cycle is spinning more and more out of balance, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said earlier in October, calling for increased early warnings and more coordinated water management policies.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, the WMO’s Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas, said, “the melting of glaciers is speeding up. In the report, we are showing that, for example, the Swiss mountain glaciers, especially the Alpine ones, they have lost about ten percent of their mass last year and this year, which is a record.”

The WMO State of Global Water Resources Report 2022 builds on a pilot issued last year and contains more expanded information on important hydrological variables like groundwater, evaporation, streamflow, terrestrial water storage, soil moisture, cryosphere (frozen water), inflows to reservoirs, and hydrological disasters.

Taalas said, “we will have challenges to get water for agriculture, for human beings, industry, and also for hydropower production.”

In 2022, over 50 percent of the global catchment areas experienced deviations from normal river discharge conditions.

Most of these areas were drier than normal, while a smaller percentage of basins displayed above or much above normal conditions.

Also in Geneva, UNICEF presented the Children Displaced in Changing Climate report.

UNICEF’s Global Lead on Migration and Displacement Verena Knaus, said, “The report finds that on average, every single day 20,000 children have been displaced by floods, storms, wildfires, or droughts. Or put differently: it is disasters like tropical storms, hurricanes, floods – like in Pakistan and wildfires like recently in Canada – that have displaced more than 43 million children over 44 countries in the past six years.”

Knaus said, “with every additional one degree of warming,” the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) “believes the global risk of displacement by flooding – the largest driver – could rise by 50 percent.”

She said, “we are not prepared for this climate-changed future.”

Weather-related disasters caused 43.1 million internal displacements of children in 44 countries over a six-year period – or approximately 20,000 child displacements a day.

Children Displaced in a Changing Climate is the first global analysis of the number of children driven from their homes between 2016 and 2021 due to floods, storms, droughts and wildfires, and looks at projections for the next 30 years.

Floods and storms accounted for 40.9 million - or 95 percent - of recorded child displacements between 2016 and 2021, due in part to better reporting and more pre-emptive evacuations. Meanwhile, droughts triggered more than 1.3 million internal displacements of children - with Somalia again among the most affected, while wildfires triggered 810,000 child displacements, with more than a third occurring in 2020 alone. Canada, Israel and the United States recorded the most.

The WMO also informed that last month was the hottest September on record.

Briefing journalists in New York UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that this puts 2023 “on track to be the warmest year on record.”

Dujarric added, “June, July, August and September all broke monthly records. In addition, for the sixth consecutive month, September saw a record high monthly global ocean surface temperature, and Antarctica also had its warmest September, with sea ice remaining at seasonal record lows.”

Speaking at the high-level forum on the Green Silk Road for Harmony with Nature in Beijing, Guterres reiterated, “we must act together to ensure that projects deliver the green, sustainable infrastructure countries need to support people and ecosystems alike, while breaking free of failed development models that keep us hooked on fossil fuels.”

The UN chief highlighted two key areas where the Green Silk Road can help step-up efforts.

Guterres said, “we need green transportation and municipal power systems anchored in renewable sources that don’t pollute the environment or destroy biodiversity — including providing affordable electricity to all people. We need building and construction industries taking their impacts on nature into account across their plans and projects. We need buildings and water and power-systems that are climate-resilient and able to continue serving communities in the face of disaster. And we need local and national planning alike to embed resilience and adaptation across all plans for the future.”

The 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference or Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, more commonly referred to as COP28, will be the 28th United Nations Climate Change conference, held from November 30 until December 12, 2023, at the Expo City, Dubai.
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