UN / AFRICA DIALOGUE

21-May-2019 00:03:53
Speaking at a special meeting on Africa, UN chief António Guterres said, “the best way to protect refugees and displaced people is to prevent them from having to leave their homes. That means tackling root causes: poverty, conflict, discrimination and exclusion of all kinds.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / AFRICA DIALOGUE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 21 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1.Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

21 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The best way to protect refugees and displaced people is to prevent them from having to leave their homes. That means tackling root causes: poverty, conflict, discrimination and exclusion of all kinds. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 are our roadmap. Both agendas are aligned around a people-centred and planet-sensitive transformation. Eradicating poverty is their overriding priority.”
3.Wide shot, conference room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Climate change jeopardises all our plans for inclusive and sustainable development, and many African countries are particularly vulnerable despite contributing little to global warming. Rising sea levels, droughts, floods, the spread of tropical diseases and the loss of biodiversity could be devastating. Climate change also multiplies other challenges, other threats, including poverty, conflict and particularly displacement, and slows economic growth, reducing opportunities for inclusive, sustainable development in Africa and beyond.”
5. Wide shot, conference room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of United Nations General Assembly:
“We need longer term approaches, education, lifelong learning, opportunities to make a living and contribute to society, including for women and girls. We need durable solutions, voluntary return and repatriation as appropriate, but also resettlement and integration. And we need greater political and financial support for transitions at the humanitarian development annexes.”
7. Wide shot, conference room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of United Nations General Assembly:
“One key test of our promise to leave no one behind is ensuring that we need the Sustainable Development Goals for those who have been displaced where there are great challenges when it comes to data collection, national planning, and service provision. This is particular the case for least developing countries like Uganda, which is the third largest host of refugees worldwide. Multilateral institutions must do much more to take this into account.”
9. Wide shot, conference room
10. SOUNDBITE (French) Cessouma Minate Samate, Commissioner for Political Affairs, African Union Commission
“The challenges of forced displacement require a collective response more than ever. We need a multilateral system that is strong and led by the UN, in cooperation naturally with regional organizations to find lasting solutions to these problems.”
11. Wide shot, conference room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius:
“The impact of such volatile migrant movement leaves people vulnerable in protracted situations, where their basic rights, and essential economic, social and emotional needs remain unfulfilled. This results in deep psychological scars, acute depression, a sense of isolation and acculturation, and at times suicide when they are able to escape human trafficking.”
13. Wide shot, conference room
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Pravind Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius:
“Africa has set the gold standard for solidarity. Africa has indeed shown tremendous resolve and resilience in overcoming challenges and obstacles throughout decades and centuries. Hence, we are confident that Africa new humanitarian architecture will address the root causes and achieve durable solutions.”
15. Wide shot, conference room
STORYLINE
Speaking at a special meeting on Africa, UN chief António Guterres said, “the best way to protect refugees and displaced people is to prevent them from having to leave their homes. That means tackling root causes: poverty, conflict, discrimination and exclusion of all kinds.”

At the opening of the Africa Dialogue Series today (21 May), the UN Secretary-General António Guterres commended Africa’s generosity towards people seeking safety from war and persecution.

According to the UN, countries such as Uganda and Ethiopia have opened their doors in record numbers. However, an increasing number of forcibly displaced persons—by the end of 2017 the number of displaced people in Africa stood at 24.2 million, an increase of 4.6 million from 2016—has become a burden on the continent’s economy, the environment and the way of life of host communities.

Guterres said, “the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 are our roadmap. Both agendas are aligned around a people-centred and planet-sensitive transformation. Eradicating poverty is their overriding priority.”

He also reiterated, “climate change jeopardizes all our plans for inclusive and sustainable development, and many African countries are particularly vulnerable despite contributing little to global warming. Rising sea levels, droughts, floods, the spread of tropical diseases and the loss of biodiversity could be devastating.”

Guterres continued, “climate change also multiplies other challenges, other threats, including poverty, conflict and particularly displacement, and slows economic growth, reducing opportunities for inclusive, sustainable development in Africa and beyond.”

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the President of UN General Assembly said, “we need longer term approaches, education, lifelong learning, opportunities to make a living and contribute to society, including for women and girls.”

She reiterated, “we need durable solutions, voluntary return and repatriation as appropriate, but also resettlement and integration. And we need greater political and financial support for transitions at the humanitarian development annexes.”

Espinosa also said, “one key test of our promise to leave no one behind is ensuring that we need the Sustainable Development Goals for those who have been displaced where there are great challenges when it comes to data collection, national planning, and service provision.”

She noted, “this is particular the case for least developing countries like Uganda, which is the third largest host of refugees worldwide. Multilateral institutions must do much more to take this into account.”

Commissioner for Political Affairs of African Union Commission Cessouma Minate Samate said, “the challenges of forced displacement require a collective response more than ever. We need a multilateral system that is strong and led by the UN, in cooperation naturally with regional organizations to find lasting solutions to these problems.”

Also addressing the delegates is the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth. He said, “the impact of such volatile migrant movement leaves people vulnerable in protracted situations, where their basic rights, and essential economic, social and emotional needs remain unfulfilled.”

The Prime Minister continued, “this results in deep psychological scars, acute depression, a sense of isolation and acculturation, and at times suicide when they are able to escape human trafficking.”

Jugnauth also said, “Africa has set the gold standard for solidarity. Africa has indeed shown tremendous resolve and resilience in overcoming challenges and obstacles throughout decades and centuries.”

He added, “hence, we are confident that Africa new humanitarian architecture will address the root causes and achieve durable solutions.”

This year’s Africa Dialogue Series has as its theme “Towards durable solutions for forcibly displaced persons in Africa”. Hosted by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, the African Union, UNHCR and other partners, the Africa Dialogue Series provide a platform to discuss innovative ways of financing transitions from humanitarian to development in African countries hosting refugees and IDPs. The Series also expects to galvanize support from African leaders in ensuring the ratification and adoption of the pivotal African and Global instruments, including the Kampala Convention.
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