UN / GUTERRES 2018 OUTLOOK

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The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General said that we need "greater unity and courage to meet today’s most urgent tests, ease the fears of the people we serve and set the world on track towards a better future.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES 2018 OUTLOOK
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DATELINE: 16 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

16 JANUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need greater unity and courage – unity and courage to meet today’s most urgent tests, ease the fears of the people we serve and to set the world on track towards a better future.”
4. Med shot, delegate
5. SOUNDBITE(English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is up to Member States to define the priorities of UN action.”
6. Wide shot, conference room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We need to build on these small signs of hope, and expand diplomatic efforts to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in the context of regional security.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must press for a return to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. There is no alternative to a two-State solution. Recent signals of diminishing support for this undermine moderates and empower radicals. There is no plan-B.”
10. Med shot, delegates
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar, I hope will pave the way to what is needed: safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of refugees to their places of origin, in accordance with international standards, that will be of course critical.”
12. Wide shot, conference room
13. Various shots, press briefing room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“With yesterday’s announcement of a new Special Adviser on Africa, we have achieved a milestone. For the first time in history, we have full parity in the top leadership of the United Nations, the 44-member Senior Management Group. And we will continue to do more to empower women and uphold our core commitment to equality and gender parity.
15. Med shot, journalists
16. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In UNRWA, I am very concerned and I strongly hope that in the end it will be possible for the United States to maintain the funding of UNRWA, in which the US has a very important share.”
17. Med shot, journalists
18. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“But the area that I would say as corresponded to the biggest concern, and the thing that I felt more than uncomfortable as Secretary-General of the UN are the forms of sexual exploitation abuse perpetrated by UN staff, military or civilian in several circumstances where they are supposed to protect the civilians.”
19. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General said Tuesday (16 Jan) that we need "greater unity and courage to meet today’s most urgent tests, ease the fears of the people we serve and set the world on track towards a better future.”

During his remarks at an informal meeting of the General Assembly, UN Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated “it is up to Member States to define the priorities of UN action.”

The UN chief highlighted twelve areas of concern and one cross-cutting imperative -- the empowerment of women everywhere in his remarks.

On achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Guterres welcomed the firm decisions the Security Council has taken as well as the reopening of inter-Korean communication channels.

He said “we need to build on these small signs of hope, and expand diplomatic efforts to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in the context of regional security.”

On Israel and Palestine, Guterres reiterated “we must press for a return to negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. There is no alternative to a two-State solution.”

He added “recent signals of diminishing support for this undermine moderates and empower radicals. There is no plan B.”

On reversing the large-scale exodus of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, the UN Chief said that he hopes the agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar will pave the way to what is needed: “safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of refugees to their places of origin, in accordance with international standards, that will be of course critical.”

Later speaking to reporters, Guterres shared some news about UN’s efforts to ensure gender equality.

He said “with yesterday’s announcement of a new Special Adviser on Africa, we have achieved a milestone,” adding that “for the first time in history, we have full parity in the top leadership of the United Nations, the 44-member Senior Management Group.”

Guterres also reiterated “we will continue to do more to empower women and uphold our core commitment to equality and gender parity.”

Referring to the recent US funding cut to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Guterres said “I am very concerned and I strongly hope that in the end it will be possible for the United States to maintain the funding of UNRWA, in which the US has a very important share.”

Asked about his main concerns since he took office, the UN chief said “the thing that I felt more than uncomfortable as Secretary-General of the UN are the forms of sexual exploitation abuse perpetrated by UN staff, military or civilian in several circumstances where they are supposed to protect the civilians.”
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