UN / MDG WRAP 1

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges world leaders attending the UN summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to turn what he dubbed "a blueprint for ending extreme poverty" into reality by providing the necessary investment, aid and political will to help the planet's most vulnerable. UNTV

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DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2010, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT 2010, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations headquarters
2. Wide shot, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and First Lady Karla Bruni-Sarkozy riding up the escalator
3. Wide shot, delegates entering in indigenous dress
4. Wide shot, Bolivian President Evo Morales riding up escalator
5. Wide shot, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrival
6. Wide shot, General Assembly
7. Wide shot, GA podium
8. Cutaway, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with delegation
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“So what are we asking of you today? To stay true. True to our identity as an international community built on a foundation of solidarity. True to your commitment to end the dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.”
10. Wide shot, World Bank President Robert Zoellick
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert Zoellick, President, World Bank:
“We’re expanding our support to infrastructure, where we have more than quadrupled our lending since 2000 and to agriculture, also central to boosting incomes, employment, and food security in many low-income countries. We are working with our partners to deliver measurable results across the development agenda. We need to interconnect the various goals. It is not enough to build health clinics if there are no roads for mothers to gain access to them.”
12. Wide shot, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF):
“Of course advance economies should help also the developing countries by other ways by keeping their Glenneagles promises on aid and also by opening trade which is one of the most important ways to help the low income countries. Why? Because experts have the ability to unleash wave of productivity and growth in developing countries.”
14. Med shot, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the IMF appraches stakeout microphone
15. Cutaway, journalist taking notes
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF):
“What we did during the crisis was to put stress on low income countries as never we did in the past. And to that we put in place different kinds of instruments including cero interest loans and very streamline conditional loans. To finance this we sold, maybe you remember, we did sell a large part of our gold.”
17. Wide shot, French President Nicolas Sarkozy approaches podium
18. SOUNDBITE (French) Nicolas Sarkozy, President, France:
“France has decided to mobilize. We are the second donor of public world aid: 10 billion Euros per year. And we have taken the decision, since we are the second contributor for the world fund for the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, we have decided to increase our contribution by 20 percent for the next three years. Not only we want to reduce, not only we want to stabilize, we will increase by 20 percent.”
19. Wide shot, His Majesty King Mswati III approaches podium
20. SOUNDBITE (English) King Mswati III, head of state, Swaziland:
“We believe that children should be protected and have unlimited access to education irrespective of their socio-economic status or gender.”
21. Wide shot, Bolivian delegates
22. Wide shot, Evo Morales approaches podium
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Evo Morales, President, Bolivia:
“Instead of depositing our international reserves in banks of developed countries. Lets build a Bank of the south. And not am I only suggesting of South America, but all the southern countries, from Africa, from America (South), from Asia, including China. How to build a Bank from the South, of all the developing countries with a percentage of our international reserves to finance ourselves.”
23. Pan left, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

As scores of heads of State and government attend today’s opening of a three-day summit at United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged them to provide the necessary investment, aid and political will to end extreme poverty.

Ban asked Member States to stay “true to your commitment to end the dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.”

The high-level meeting of the General Assembly is being held to take stock of the progress so far towards the MDGs.

The World Bank’s President Robert Zoellick said that the Bank had “more than quadrupled our lending since 2000 and to agriculture, also central to boosting incomes, employment, and food security in many low-income countries.”

According to UN data, progress has been made towards some of the MDGs since they were formulated at a UN summit in 2000, with poverty declining substantially in overall terms in the past two decades.

For more progress to happen, the International Monetary Fund’s Managing Editor Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that “advance economies should help the developing countries by other ways by keeping their Gleneagles promises on aid and also by opening trade which is one of the most important ways to help the low income countries.”

World leaders and other senior government officials will be addressing the high-level meeting over the next three days as well as hold round-table discussions to examine how they can focus their efforts over the next five years to try to reach the Goals.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that France will increase its “contribution by 20 percent for the next three years” to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Swaziland’s King Mswati III, who addressed the summit earlier today, talked about how “children should be protected and have unlimited access to education irrespective of their socio-economic status or gender.”

The MDGs focus on slashing poverty, combating disease, fighting hunger, protecting the environment and boosting education by their target date of 2015.
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