UN / SECURITY COUNCIL RETREAT

18-Apr-2018 00:01:50
Ambassador Carl Skau of Sweden said the upcoming retreat at Backakra, the renovated private estate of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold takes place “at a very difficult moment for the life of the Security Council,” which “calls for new thinking and for new approaches.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SECURITY COUNCIL RETREAT
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

18 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Carl Orrenius Skau, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations:
“I think it’s fair to say that this meeting takes place at a critical time for the United Nations, but also at a very difficult moment for the life of the Security Council. The nature of conflicts are changing or shifting, and the drivers of conflict are changing. And so, new challenges of course calls for new thinking and for new approaches.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Carl Orrenius Skau, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations:
“Following one of our probably most divisive weeks in the Council, at least in recent history, some of you might remember, you know, further back, but I think it’s natural to say that Syria would be part of this discussion. We hope that Backakra will then offer an opportunity to reflect on next steps and to find a way forward in the Council.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Carl Orrenius Skau, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations:
“There is a sense in the Council on Syria given the very divisive nature of the discussion last week that there is a need for a pause, for some reflection and to really bring us back together around some issues where we can agree.”
8. Wide shot, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Carl Orrenius Skau, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations:
“He turned out to be both Secretary, of course, but also General. And this something, you know, that we want all Secretary-Generals, that’s the kind of role that we want all Secretary-Generals to play. And we hope that this can be an inspiration also for Guterres and to empower him in these discussions.”
10. Zoom out end of presser
STORYLINE
Ambassador Carl Skau of Sweden today (18 Apr) said the upcoming retreat at Backakra, the renovated private estate of former Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold takes place “at a very difficult moment for the life of the Security Council,” which “calls for new thinking and for new approaches.”

The Ambassador said that situation in Syria will be “part of this discussion.”

He expressed hope that “Backakra will then offer an opportunity to reflect on next steps and to find a way forward in the Council.”

Skau said given the “very divisive nature of the discussion’ on Syria last week, “there is a need for a pause, for some reflection and to really bring us back together around some issues where we can agree.”

The Swedish diplomat said during his tenure, Hammarskjold “turned out to be both Secretary, of course, but also General.”

He said that this is “the kind of role that we want all Secretary-Generals to play, adding that “we hope that this can be an inspiration also” for Secretary-General António Guterres “and to empower him in these discussions.”

The retreat, will take place from 21-22 April, in Skane County, Sweden. It was proposed by Sweden and Peru, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council in April.
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