UN / CONFLICT NATURAL RESOURCES

16-Oct-2018 00:02:38
Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council that “the exploitation of natural resources, or competition over them, can and does lead to violent conflict,” adding that “preventing, managing and resolving such conflicts is one of the major and growing challenges of our time.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / CONFLICT NATURAL RESOURCES
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DATELINE: 16 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, UN Headquarters

16 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The exploitation of natural resources, or competition over them, can and does lead to violent conflict. Preventing, managing and resolving such conflicts is one of the major and growing challenges of our time. UN studies show that more than 40 percent of internal armed conflicts over the last 60 years have been linked to natural resources. With the increasing impacts of climate change evident in all regions, the risks are only going to grow.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Since 1990, 75 percent of civil wars in Africa have been partially funded by revenues from natural resources. The illegal extraction of minerals, timber, charcoal and wildlife has fuelled violence in a number of regions. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it has generated almost a billion dollars in revenue for rebels and criminal groups. Likewise, in the Central African Republic, the illicit exploitation of minerals by numerous armed groups and militias has contributed to sustain and prolong the conflict. More needs to be done to regulate the provenance, sale and trade of minerals through cooperative arrangements involving civil society, governments and regional and international organizations.”
7. Med shot, delegate
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We will further strengthen our partnership with regional and sub-regional organizations to work on ways to increase attention on building the capacities of national and local actors to prevent and respond to conflicts with natural resource dimensions. As part of the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, I welcome the ongoing cooperation between our respective Organizations to support the Panel of the Wise in its efforts to improve prevention, mediation and the resolution of conflicts over natural resources in Africa.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz, Permanent Representative of Bolivia to the United Nations:
“When control, exploitation, or access to oil, gas, water, minerals, and other natural resources become a strategic objective to the warring parties or armed groups and criminal organizations, it is because often behind them there are multinational corporations or foreign interests willing to make use of them in order to gain access to these natural resources.”
11. Wide shot, end of meeting
STORYLINE
Secretary-General António Guterres today (16 Oct) told the Security Council that “the exploitation of natural resources, or competition over them, can and does lead to violent conflict,” adding that “preventing, managing and resolving such conflicts is one of the major and growing challenges of our time.”

The Secretary-General noted that UN studies indicate that “more than 40 percent of internal armed conflicts over the last 60 years have been linked to natural resources,” and this trend will continue to grow with the increasing impacts of climate change.

In the past decades in Africa, Guterres said, 75 percent of civil wars have been “partially funded by revenues from natural resources.”

He said, “the illegal extraction of minerals, timber, charcoal and wildlife has fuelled violence in a number of regions,” including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

Guterres stressed that “more needs to be done to regulate the provenance, sale and trade of minerals through cooperative arrangements involving civil society, governments and regional and international organizations.”

The Secretary-General said that in response, the organization is taking a number of actions, including strengthening partnerships with regional and sub-regional organizations.

He welcomed the ongoing cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union and, including the Framework for an Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security, “to support the Panel of the Wise in its efforts to improve prevention, mediation and the resolution of conflicts over natural resources in Africa.”

The Ambassador of Bolivia, Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz, who presided today’s meeting, said that “when control, exploitation, or access to oil, gas, water, minerals, and other natural resources become a strategic objective to the warring parties or armed groups and criminal organizations, it is because often behind them there are multinational corporations or foreign interests willing to make use of them in order to gain access to these natural resources.”
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