VIENNA / GUTERRES SCHWARZENEGGER

15-May-2018 00:02:36
UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on leaders to act with common purpose in order to limit the “existential threat” of global warming, as he delivered his keynote address to the climate summit convened in Austria’s capital Vienna by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. UNIS VIENNA / UNIDO / ORF HANDOUT
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STORY: VIENNA / GUTERRES SCHWARZENEGGER
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SOURCE: UNIS VIENNA / UNIDO / ORF HANDOUT
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / GERMAN / NATS

DATELINE: 14 - 15 MAY 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
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UNIDO - 15 MAY 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

1. Wide shot, exterior Hofburg
2. Med shot, Arnold Schwarzenegger
3. Wide shot, Vienna Boys Choir performance at opening of R20 summit
4. Med shot, Vienna Boys Choir performance at opening of R20 summit
5. Pan right, UN Secretary-General António Guterres walking to podium

ORF HANDOUT – 14 MAY 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Every day, I am faced with the challenges of our troubled and complex world. But none of them loom so large as climate change. If we fail to meet the challenge, all our other challenges will just become greater and threaten to swallow us. Climate change is, quite simply, an existential threat for most life on the planet – including, and especially, the life of humankind.”

UNIDO - 15 MAY 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

7. Med shot, UN Goodwill Ambassador Jane Goodall listening

ORF HANDOUT – 14 MAY 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones. We do not need to wait for coal and oil to run out to end the age of fossil fuels.”

UNIDO - 15 MAY 2018, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

9. Med shot, UNIDO Director General Li Yong and UNOV Director-General Yury Fedotov listening
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action:
“Those of you who resist because you can’t imagine success without fossil fuels: we ask you to join us. Everyone. Also you, President Trump: Join us.”
11. Wide shot, camera people
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chair, R20 Regions of Climate Action:
“If that’s really what you want then join us, because then you will have a lot of victories.”
13. Wide shot, audience applauding
14. SOUNDBITE (German) Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President of Austria:
“We’re not talking about slightly hotter days, slightly more storms, slightly more intense thunderstorms, slightly longer droughts – no. We’re talking about nothing less than - this is my conviction - not reducing, but preventing the processes of climate change that in the end are uncontrollable and irreversible.”
15. Med shot, Guterres and Schwarzenegger applauding
16. Wide shot, Li stepping onto podium
17. SOUNDBITE (English) LI Yong, Director General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO):
“We need actually everyone to take part. Every organization, every country take part. And then we can move this agenda ahead.”
18. Med shot, sign saying “R20 Austrian World Summit”
19. Wide shot, Guterres, Van der Bellen, Schwarzenegger, and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in audience
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres today (15 May) called on leaders to act with common purpose in order to limit the “existential threat” of global warming, as he delivered his keynote address to the climate summit convened in Austria’s capital Vienna by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Guterres said that none of the challenges he encountered every day loomed as large as climate change. He warned that climate change was “quite simply, an existential threat for most life on the planet”.

The Secretary-General called for a “new energy revolution” to begin even before the world runs out of fossil fuels. He said, “the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones.”

Summit host Arnold Schwarzenegger in his speech encouraged “everyone” to join the drive for alternatives to fossil fuels. Directly addressing United States President Donald Trump, he referred to Trump’s wish to “have so many victories that the American people will get sick and tired of winning”, and added that “if that’s really what you want then join us, because then you will have a lot of victories.”

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen stressed the need to prevent, rather than reduce the “uncontrollable and irreversible” processes of climate change, and that this went beyond “slightly hotter days, slightly more storms, slightly more intense thunderstorms, slightly longer droughts – no.”

The head of the UN’s industrialization organization, Li Yong, told the meeting that if every organization and every country took part in these efforts, “we can move this agenda ahead”.

The R20 Austrian World Summit, organized by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s "Regions of Climate Action" office in Austria, is a longterm initiative to create a network platform that will help regions, states and cities implement the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the global climate protection targets outlined in the Paris Agreement.

The 2018 summit held on 15 May highlighted the fight against pollution, the role of financial markets and institutions, the transformation of the energy system, among other issues with the aim of creating momentum for this year’s UN Climate Change Conference: COP 24 in Poland.

The summit was opened by R20 Founding Chair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, and Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
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