NEW ZEALAND / GUTERRES CHRISTCHURCH

14-May-2019 00:02:30
While on a three-day visit to New Zealand, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid his respects to the victims of the attacks on mosques in Christchurch, where dozens of Muslims were gunned down in two separate incidents during the Friday prayer last month. UNITED NATIONS
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STORY: NEW ZEALAND / GUTERRES CHRISTCHURCH
TRT: 2:30
SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 14 MAY 2019, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Al Noor Mosque
2. Pan right, Guterres laying flowers
3. Pan left, imam and others greeting Guterres
4. Tracking shot, Guterres and imam entering mosque
5. Various shots, Guterres shaking hands with family members of victims
6. Zoom out, Guterres and imam exiting mosque
7. Various shots, flowers at memorial
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-general of the United Nations:
“Ramadan is a season of reflection, remembrance and renewal. I am here to express my deepest condolences, my profound respect, and the fullest measure of my solidarity to you, your families and the community.”
9. Med shot, balloon at memorial
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-general of the United Nations:
“Hate speech is spreading and public discourse is being coarsened. Social media is being exploited as a platform for bigotry. We must all show solidarity in response to this dangerous upsurge in hatred. I have also set in motion two initiatives: to protect holy sites and to address hate speech.”
11. Pan left, Guterres laying flowers at the Linwood Islamic Centre
12. Wide shot, Linwood Islamic Centre
13. Wide shot, Guterres writing in book
14. Close up, Guterres writing in book
15. Med shot, Guterres shaking hands with Muslim community representatives
STORYLINE
While on a three-day visit to New Zealand, UN Secretary-General António Guterres paid his respects to the victims of the attacks on mosques in Christchurch, where dozens of Muslims were gunned down in two separate incidents during the Friday prayer last month.

On 15 March, a lone gunman killed 51 people at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Mosque while livestreaming the attacks on social media.

At Al Noor mosque on Tuesday, Guterres told the Muslim community that while there were no words to relieve the hurt and sorrow and pain, “I am here to express my deepest condolences, my profound respect, and the fullest measure of my solidarity to you, your families and the community.”

He said that like so many around the world, he had been moved by the poignant stories of compassion and grace from Christchurch.

He recalled that as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, he had seen witness the generosity of Muslim countries opening their borders to people in distress in a world where so many other borders are closed.

The Secretary-General spotlighted two recent initiatives he has set in, to respectively to protect holy sites and to address hate speech.

Guterres said “hate speech is spreading and public discourse is being coarsened. Social media is being exploited as a platform for bigotry. We must all show solidarity in response to this dangerous upsurge in hatred.”

The Secretary-General's visit to New Zealand is part of a tour of the Pacific Island States in which the urgent issue of climate change figures strongly. On Wednesday, he will address the Pacific Islands Form, being held this year in Fiji, before moving on to stops in Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Guterres is convening a major UN Climate Summit to be held at UN Headquarters in New York in September.
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