FIJI / GUTERRES PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM

15-May-2019 00:03:52
Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations. UNITED NATIONS
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STORY: FIJI / GUTERRES PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM
TRT: 3:48
SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 15 MAY 2019, SUVA, FIJI
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, guard of honor for Guterres
2. Tracking shot, Guterres walking with Bainimarama, PM of Fiji
3. Various shots, Guterres and Bainimarama on lawn
4. Various shot, traditional Fijian welcome ceremony
5. Exterior shot, Pacific Island Forum venue
6. Wide shot, group photo
7. Various shots, forum in session
8. Wide shot, conference room
9. Wide shot, , Édouard Fritch, President of French Polynesia and Taneti Mamau, President of Kiribati
10. Wide shot, Henry Tuakeu Puna, PM of Cook Islands and Bainimarama, PM of Fiji
11. Wide shot, Baron Waqa, President of Nauru
12. Zoom in, Guterres speaking
13. Med shot, Guterres speaking
14. Pan left, press briefing room
15.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The Pacific islands do not contribute to climate change. But they are in the first line of the negative impact of climate change. And there are doing everything, not only to protect their populations, their culture but also to reduce their emission in a way that is an example for the most developed countries around the world.”
16. Wide shot, podium
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Countries need to tax less salaries, more carbon. I have been saying that subsidies to fossil fuels need to end. It is not acceptable that taxpayers’ money spent subsidizing fossil fuels to make oceans rise, to spread terrible storms, to increase drought in several areas of the world, to bleach corals, and to make glaciers melt. We need to make sure we tax pollution, not people.” and we don’t subsidize what is destroying the environments.”
18. Aerial shot, Suva bay
19. Aerial shot, Suva
STORYLINE
Visiting Fiji for the first time as Secretary-General, António Guterres outlined two “fundamental challenges” facing leaders attending the Pacific Islands Forum on Thursday, namely climate change and the world’s rising ocean, which threatens to submerge low-lying nations.

UN chief António Guterres met with the leaders from the Pacific islands at 2019 Pacific Islands Forum, where he delivered a message for climate action.

In his remarks, he said that sea-levels are set to rise in some countries four times above the global average, posing an existential threat to some island States.

Recalling that more than 24 million people in 118 countries and territories were displaced by natural disasters in 2016, he told Pacific leaders their islands and communities are in the forefront of global climate negotiations. He vowed the UN’s strong commitment to supporting your response to climate change and reversing the negative trends that have put your cultures and very existence at risk.

Following a High Level Political Dialogue, he told journalists to address his concern and highlighted what needs to be implemented. He said “the Pacific islands do not contribute to climate change. But they are in the first line of the negative impact of climate change. And there are doing everything, not only to protect their populations, their culture but also to reduce their emission in a way that is an example for the most developed countries around the world.”

As part of the solution, Guterres proposed that “countries need to tax less salaries, more carbon” and that “subsidies to fossil fuels need to end.”

Secretary-General said, “it is not acceptable that taxpayers’ money spent subsidizing fossil fuels to make oceans rise, to spread terrible storms, to increase drought in several areas of the world, to bleach corals, and to make glaciers melt.”

He summed up: “we need to make sure we tax pollution, not people.”

Guterres’s visit to Pacific islands comes ahead of the Climate Action Summit that he plans to convene in September this year in New York.
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