TIMES SQUARE / WHD NOT A TARGET

18-Aug-2017 00:00:59
On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, told a crowd of onlookers at New York’s Times Square, that civilians in conflict are not a target. UNIFEED
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STORY: TIMES SQUARE / WHD NOT A TARGET
TRT: 01:00
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: UNIFEED
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 AUGUST 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Pan right, Times Square
2. Wide shot, billboard showcasing Not a Target campaign
3. Med shot, policeman
4. Wide shot, stage
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“When explosive weapons with wide area effects are used in urban areas, 92 percent of the casualties are civilians, just like you and me.”
6. Man and woman holding Not a Target campaign banners
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Because civilians in conflict are, now, let’s hear it, Not a Target.”
8. Various shots, people holding Not a Target banners
STORYLINE
On World Humanitarian Day (WHD) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, told a crowd of onlookers at New York’s Times Square, that civilians in conflict are not a target.

World Humanitarian Day honours aid workers and pays homage to those killed in service, while also drawing attention to the millions of people today living in war zones.

The #NotATarget,” campaign highlights the need to protect civilians caught in conflict, including humanitarian and medical workers.
O'Brien noted that “when explosive weapons with wide area effects are used in urban areas, 92 percent of the casualties are civilians, just like you and me.”

Earlier in the week, the UN and partners launched the #NotATarget petition urging global leaders do more to ensure the rules of war are upheld and civilians are protected in armed conflicts.

With more than 10,500 signatures, the petitioners demand that world leaders do more to protect people trapped in conflicts, with a focus on those living in urban areas, children, targets of sexual violence, forcibly displaced people, humanitarian workers and health workers.

The petition will be presented to the Secretary-General during the high-level General Assembly, which opens on 12 September this year.

Originally coined by Médecins Sans Frontières in 2015, the #NotATarget hashtag is being used in the World Humanitarian Day digital campaign this year to call for action on behalf of all civilians trapped in conflicts.
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