FIJI / GUTERRES CLIMATE CHANGE

16-May-2019 00:03:46
“Climate change corresponds to the battle of our lives, from the point of view of Fiji and the Pacific,“ said the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the end of his two-day visit to the Pacific island nation. UNITED NATIONS
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STORY: FIJI / GUTERRES CLIMATE CHANGE
TRT: 3:46
SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 MAY 2019, SUVA, FIJI
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, Borron House
2. Med shot, Guterres and Fiji President shaking hands
3. Various shots, Coconut tree planting ceremony
4. Tilt down, Guterres and Fiji PM at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The Prime Minister was telling me in the meeting we just had, that climate change corresponds to the battle of our lives, from the point of view of Fiji and the Pacific. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations I have many battles, but I have no doubt to say that as a grandfather, this is also the battle of my life.
6. Cutaway, cameras
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We need to recognize that for the moment, we are not winning this battle, for the moment we are not on track, not even for the commitments made in Paris to be respected and we absolutely need political will, a much stronger political will to be able to reverse this trend and to be able to rescue tour planet.”
8. Wide shot, traditional Fijian boat “Uto ni Yalo”
9. Wide shot, Guterres boarding
10. Med shot, Guterres on board
11. Wide shot, ocean
12. Med shot, solar panel
13. Med shot, Guterres steering
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ravesi Waqanibaravi, crew member, Uto ni Yao:
“We try to keep it as traditional as possible, this is a zero carbon vessel, this is also to show that it is possible to bring back sustainable sea transport.”
15. Med shot, crew steering
16. Cutaway, ocean
17. Wide shot, boat at dock
18. Wide shot, University of the South Pacific
19. Various shots, Guterres at Plastic Recycling program
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Kathani Nambiar, University of the South Pacific Engineering student working for Field Ready:
“Simply, we just take a plastic bottle, or any type of plastic and we can just put in here and shred it. So, it will come in small pieces and we get something like this, [when] using the shredder. And then we can use it in other machines for molding or […].”
21. Close up, Banner, “Youth Action for Climate Change”
22. Various shots, Interactives session with Youth
23. Various shots, student art exhibition @ Albert Park
STORYLINE
“Climate change corresponds to the battle of our lives, from the point of view of Fiji and the Pacific,“said the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the end of his two-day visit to the Pacific island nation.

Guterres met Thursday (16 May) with Fiji’s President Jioji Konrote with whom he planted a ceremonial coconut tree.

The Secretary-General also addressed the Fijian Parliament where he praised Fiji’s leadership for being on the forefront of the international efforts to fight the climate change.

At the joint press conference with the country’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Guterres said, “The Prime Minister was telling me in the meeting we just had, that climate change corresponds to the battle of our lives, from the point of view of Fiji and the Pacific. As the Secretary-General of the United Nations I have many battles, but I have no doubt to say that as a grandfather, this is also the battle of my life.”

He also said, “we need to recognize that for the moment, we are not winning this battle, for the moment we are not on track, not even for the commitments made in Paris to be respected.”

The Secretary-general said, “we absolutely need political will, a much stronger political will to be able to reverse this trend and to be able to rescue tour planet.”

During his visit to Fiji, Guterres was welcomed on board “Uto ni Yalo,” a traditional zero -emission vessel, which was built as part of a fleet blending ancient Pacific boat building knowledge passed down through generations with modern materials and green technology.

Uto ni Yalo, which translates into “Heart of the Spirit” has circumnavigated the world twice voyaging over 80,000 nautical miles visiting countries in the North and South hemisphere to inspire community, corporate and policy commitments for the protection of our island and ocean spaces.

Guterres also visited the University of the South Pacific where he partook in an interactive session with students on efforts to fight the climate change.
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