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25-Mar-2015 00:03:07
The United Nations today unveiled a permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery. UNTV-UNIFEED
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TRT: 3:07
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /FRENCH /NATS
DATELINE: 25 MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT

1. Wide shot, exterior of the UNHQ

25 MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, North plaza, UN headquarters
3. Med shot, unveiling of the sculpture
4. SOUNDBITE (English) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “This poignant and powerful memorial well help us to acknowledge the collective tragedy that befell millions of people. It encourages us to consider the historical legacy of slavery, and above all it ensures that we never forget.”
5. Cutaway, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica:
“Freedom was not gifted to us. But it was rather earned by the sweat, blood and tears of millions of our forebears on whose backs the economic foundations of the new world were built.”
7. Cutaway, audience
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
“This moment is also a chance to remember that the crime of slavery trade was committed by several nations. The memory of this crime can bring the nations together, clarify the irreversible connections between the people, show that a part of their history was written beyond the seas, that our destinies are linked."
9. Wide shot news briefing room in UN headquarters
10. Cutaway to reporters
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Arnold Nicholson, Foreign Minister, Jamaica.
“Our countries were colonies of one European power or another. And all of us experienced the forced importation of slave labour, not to advance our own development, but rather to build and maintain the riches of others.”
12. Cutaway to reporters
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Arnold Nicholson, Foreign Minister, Jamaica:
“This issue of reparations, you know the foundation is a foundation of slavery, and the slave trade. It is not going to be, it is not going to come to fruition by dialogue. I don’t think so. I think it has to end up in the courts.”
14. Med shot tourists entering the sculpture
15. Med shot, tourists exiting the sculpture
16. Close up slave, with inscription, “Consider the legacy.”
17. Close up, inscription, “Lest we forget.”
18. Close up, woman looking at a carving of a slave ship
19. Pan of carving of a slave ship
20. Med shot of sculpture, pan up to UN flag.


STORYLINE

The United Nations today unveiled a permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery.
The Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations, entitled ‘The Ark of Return,’ was unveiled in a ceremony marking International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent, “it pays tribute to the courage of slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes while promoting greater recognition of the contributions made by slaves and their descendants to societies worldwide,” according to organizers.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “This poignant and powerful memorial well help us to acknowledge the collective tragedy that befell millions of people. It encourages us to consider the historical legacy of slavery, and above all it ensures that we never forget.”
Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, said, “Freedom was not gifted to us. But it was rather earned by the sweat, blood and tears of millions of our forebears on whose backs the economic foundations of the new world were built.”
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said, “This moment is also a chance to remember that the crime of slavery trade was committed by several nations. The memory of this crime can bring the nations together, clarify the irreversible connections between the people, show that a part of their history was written beyond the seas, that our destinies are linked."
In an earlier briefing to the press, Sen. Arnold Nicholson, Foreign Minister of Jamaica, said, “Our countries were colonies of one European power or another. And all of us experienced the forced importation of slave labour, not to advance our own development, but rather to build and maintain the riches of others.”
Referring to an ongoing effort by members of the Caribbean “Community (CARICOM) to pursue reparations, Nicholson said, “This issue of reparations, you know the foundation is a foundation of slavery, and the slave trade. It is not going to be, it is not going to come to fruition by dialogue. I don’t think so. I think it has to end up in the courts.”
The memorial aims to remind visitors of the complete history of slavery, urging them to acknowledge the tragedy and its legacy, and to heighten awareness of the current dangers of racism, prejudice and slavery’s lingering consequences.
An international committee was established in 2009 to oversee the project of placing the memorial on the UN’s grounds. In 2013, the committee chose Rodney Leon’s design following an international competition featuring 310 entries from 83 countries.
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade has been marked on 25 March in each of the last seven years to honour the memories of the estimated 15 million men, women and children who were victims of the largest forced migration in history.
This year’s theme, ‘Women and Slavery,’ pays tribute to the women victims and to those who fought for freedom from slavery and
STORYLINE
/ SLAVERY
TRT: 3:07
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /FRENCH /NATS
DATELINE: 25 MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY

SHOTLIST:

RECENT

1. Wide shot, exterior of the UNHQ

25 MARCH 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, North plaza, UN headquarters
3. Med shot, unveiling of the sculpture
4. SOUNDBITE (English) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “This poignant and powerful memorial well help us to acknowledge the collective tragedy that befell millions of people. It encourages us to consider the historical legacy of slavery, and above all it ensures that we never forget.”
5. Cutaway, audience
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica:
“Freedom was not gifted to us. But it was rather earned by the sweat, blood and tears of millions of our forebears on whose backs the economic foundations of the new world were built.”
7. Cutaway, audience
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.
“This moment is also a chance to remember that the crime of slavery trade was committed by several nations. The memory of this crime can bring the nations together, clarify the irreversible connections between the people, show that a part of their history was written beyond the seas, that our destinies are linked."
9. Wide shot news briefing room in UN headquarters
10. Cutaway to reporters
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Arnold Nicholson, Foreign Minister, Jamaica.
“Our countries were colonies of one European power or another. And all of us experienced the forced importation of slave labour, not to advance our own development, but rather to build and maintain the riches of others.”
12. Cutaway to reporters
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Arnold Nicholson, Foreign Minister, Jamaica:
“This issue of reparations, you know the foundation is a foundation of slavery, and the slave trade. It is not going to be, it is not going to come to fruition by dialogue. I don’t think so. I think it has to end up in the courts.”
14. Med shot tourists entering the sculpture
15. Med shot, tourists exiting the sculpture
16. Close up slave, with inscription, “Consider the legacy.”
17. Close up, inscription, “Lest we forget.”
18. Close up, woman looking at a carving of a slave ship
19. Pan of carving of a slave ship
20. Med shot of sculpture, pan up to UN flag.


STORYLINE

The United Nations today unveiled a permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery.
The Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations, entitled ‘The Ark of Return,’ was unveiled in a ceremony marking International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Designed by Rodney Leon, an American architect of Haitian descent, “it pays tribute to the courage of slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes while promoting greater recognition of the contributions made by slaves and their descendants to societies worldwide,” according to organizers.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “This poignant and powerful memorial well help us to acknowledge the collective tragedy that befell millions of people. It encourages us to consider the historical legacy of slavery, and above all it ensures that we never forget.”
Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, said, “Freedom was not gifted to us. But it was rather earned by the sweat, blood and tears of millions of our forebears on whose backs the economic foundations of the new world were built.”
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, said, “This moment is also a chance to remember that the crime of slavery trade was committed by several nations. The memory of this crime can bring the nations together, clarify the irreversible connections between the people, show that a part of their history was written beyond the seas, that our destinies are linked."
In an earlier briefing to the press, Sen. Arnold Nicholson, Foreign Minister of Jamaica, said, “Our countries were colonies of one European power or another. And all of us experienced the forced importation of slave labour, not to advance our own development, but rather to build and maintain the riches of others.”
Referring to an ongoing effort by members of the Caribbean “Community (CARICOM) to pursue reparations, Nicholson said, “This issue of reparations, you know the foundation is a foundation of slavery, and the slave trade. It is not going to be, it is not going to come to fruition by dialogue. I don’t think so. I think it has to end up in the courts.”
The memorial aims to remind visitors of the complete history of slavery, urging them to acknowledge the tragedy and its legacy, and to heighten awareness of the current dangers of racism, prejudice and slavery’s lingering consequences.
An international committee was established in 2009 to oversee the project of placing the memorial on the UN’s grounds. In 2013, the committee chose Rodney Leon’s design following an international competition featuring 310 entries from 83 countries.
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade has been marked on 25 March in each of the last seven years to honour the memories of the estimated 15 million men, women and children who were victims of the largest forced migration in history.
This year’s theme, ‘Women and Slavery,’ pays tribute to the women victims and to those who fought for freedom from slavery and for its abolition. It also aims to celebrate the strength of enslaved women, who succeeded in transmitting their African culture to their descendants.
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