UN / GUTERRES CLIMATE PRESSER

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The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “It is profoundly shocking to stand on the ice of Antarctica and hear directly from scientists how fast the ice is disappearing.” UNIFEED

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

27 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, UN Secretary-General walking to stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Together, Antarctica and Greenland are melting well over three times faster than they were in the early 1990s. It is profoundly shocking to stand on the ice of Antarctica and hear directly from scientists how fast the ice is disappearing.”
4. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General, UN spokesperson, journalists, stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This year, Antarctic Sea ice hit an all-time low. That matters for us all. What happens in Antarctica doesn’t stay in Antarctica. We live in an interconnected world.”
6. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General, UN spokesperson, journalists, stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The movement of waters around Antarctica distributes heat, nutrients, and carbon around the world, helping to regulate our climate and regional weather patterns. But that system is slowing as the Southern Ocean grows warmer and less dense. Further slowdown – or entire breakdown – would spell catastrophe.”
8. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General, UN spokesperson, journalists, stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The cause of all this destruction is clear: The fossil fuel pollution coating the Earth and heating the planet. Without changing course, we’re heading towards a calamitous three-degree Celsius temperature rise by the end of the century.”
10. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General, UN spokesperson, journalists, stakeout
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are trapped in a deadly cycle. Ice reflects the sun’s rays. As it vanishes, more heat is absorbed into the Earth’s atmosphere. That means more heating, which means more storms, floods, fires, and droughts across the globe. And more melting. Which means even more heating. At COP28, which starts later this week, leaders must break this cycle.”
12. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General, UN spokesperson, journalists, stakeout
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Leaders must act to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, protect people from climate chaos, and end the fossil fuel age. We need a global commitment to triple renewables, double energy efficiency, and bring clean power to all by 2030. We need a clear and credible commitment to phase out fossil fuels on a timeframe that aligns with the 1.5-degree limit. And we need climate justice - setting the world up for a huge increase in investment in adaptation and loss and damage to protect people from climate extremes.”
14. Wide shot, UN Secretary-General, UN spokesperson, journalists, stakeout
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“So, if there is political will to take these three decisions, we are perfectly on time to avoid any catastrophe in Antarctica and around the world.”
16. Pan right, UN Secretary-General leaving stakeout

24 NOVEMBER 2023, ANTARCTICA

17. Various shots, UN Secretary-General, penguins

STORYLINE:

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “It is profoundly shocking to stand on the ice of Antarctica and hear directly from scientists how fast the ice is disappearing.”

After his mission to melting glaciers in Antarctica and ahead of COP28 taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Guterres addressed the journalist today (27 Nov) in New York.

He said, “Together, Antarctica and Greenland are melting well over three times faster than they were in the early 1990s.

He also said, “This year, Antarctic Sea ice hit an all-time low. That matters for us all. What happens in Antarctica doesn’t stay in Antarctica. We live in an interconnected world.”

He continued, “The movement of waters around Antarctica distributes heat, nutrients, and carbon around the world, helping to regulate our climate and regional weather patterns. But that system is slowing as the Southern Ocean grows warmer and less dense. Further slowdown – or entire breakdown – would spell catastrophe.”

He stated, “The cause of all this destruction is clear: The fossil fuel pollution coating the Earth and heating the planet. Without changing course, we’re heading towards a calamitous three-degree Celsius temperature rise by the end of the century.”

He explained, “We are trapped in a deadly cycle. Ice reflects the sun’s rays. As it vanishes, more heat is absorbed into the Earth’s atmosphere. That means more heating, which means more storms, floods, fires, and droughts across the globe. And more melting. Which means even more heating. At COP28, which starts later this week, leaders must break this cycle.”

He concluded, “Leaders must act to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, protect people from climate chaos, and end the fossil fuel age. We need a global commitment to triple renewables, double energy efficiency, and bring clean power to all by 2030. We need a clear and credible commitment to phase out fossil fuels on a timeframe that aligns with the 1.5-degree limit. And we need climate justice - setting the world up for a huge increase in investment in adaptation and loss and damage to protect people from climate extremes.”

Answering a question, he stated, “So, if there is political will to take these three decisions, we are perfectly on time to avoid any catastrophe in Antarctica and around the world.”
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