UN / CIVIL SOCIETY CLOSING

29-Aug-2019 00:02:50
Speaking at the closing session of the UN Civil Society Conference on Wednesday (28 Aug) the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, told delegates that in an increasingly interdependent world, “we need more cooperation and not less; more solidarity and not less.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / CIVIL SOCIETY CLOSING
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28 AUGUST 2019, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior Salt Palace Convention Center
2. Wide shot, Temple Square
3. Various shots, conference participants
4. Various shots, Angry Birds on plenary stage
5. Wide shot, civil society youth representatives on stage
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Annie Deng, Civil Society Representative:
“We, as members of civil society, adopt this document to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on education and global citizenship of Gyeongju, 2016, and the concept of people-centered multilateralism we developed in New York in 2018. This year, we concentrate specifically on Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by 2030.”
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Maruxa Cardama, Chair, 68th UN Civil Society Conference:
“The outcome document of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference is adopted.”
8. Wide shot, audience applause
9. Med shot, Cardama hands outcome document to the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa
10. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, General Assembly:
“Over half the global population lives in urban areas and this is expected to rise to two thirds by 2050. While cities occupy less than five percent of the earth’s land, they generate 80 percent of global GDP as well as over 70 percent of carbon emissions as well. Clearly, what happens in cities has the potential to change the course of humanity for better or for worse.”
11. Close up, audience
12. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, General Assembly:
“In our increasingly interdependent world, where shocks in one country can affect the lives and livelihoods of people across the globe, it seems clear that we need more cooperation and not less; more solidarity and not less. As President of the General Assembly, I have an obligation to point out that multilateralism is neither a threat to sovereignty, nor the pursuit of national interests. On the contrary, it allows states to tackle problems and pursue opportunities whilst sharing the risks, burden and costs.”
13. Wide shot, audience
14. Zoom out, Espinosa walks away
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Speaking at the closing session of the UN Civil Society Conference on Wednesday (28 Aug) the President of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, told delegates that in an increasingly interdependent world, “we need more cooperation and not less; more solidarity and not less.”

The conference took place between 26 and 28 August in Salt Lake City, Utah, produced an outcome document in which representatives from civil society and NGOs resolved to actively contribute to their communities to further the 2030 Agenda.

Reading the outcome narrative, Civil Society Representative Annie Deng said, “we, as members of civil society, adopt this document to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, building on education and global citizenship of Gyeongju, 2016, and the concept of people-centered multilateralism we developed in New York in 2018. This year, we concentrate specifically on Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable by 2030.”

The outcome document was adopted by acclamation and handed over to Espinosa, the first time a President of the General Assembly receives this document.

The focus of this year’s Conference was ‘Inclusive Cities and Communities.’

Espinosa said, “over half the global population lives in urban areas and this is expected to rise to two thirds by 2050. While cities occupy less than five percent of the earth’s land, they generate 80 percent of global GDP as well as over 70 percent of carbon emissions as well. Clearly, what happens in cities has the potential to change the course of humanity for better or for worse.”

She went on to praise the contribution made by civil society in shaping the work of the UN, stretching right back to its earliest days, from the recognition of the equal rights of women and men, to the progress made on children’s rights, indigenous rights, and on the rights of persons with disabilities.

The Ecuadorean diplomat also stressed that “multilateralism is neither a threat to sovereignty, nor the pursuit of national interests. On the contrary, it allows states to tackle problems and pursue opportunities whilst sharing the risks, burden and costs.”

In the outcome document published on the Conference website, civil society activists underscored the need to understand cities and communities as central to the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and highlighted the importance of inclusivity, peace, family, education, youth, and the empowerment of women and girls.

The outcome document recognized the interdependence of rural and urban prosperity, as well as the need to address the specific conditions of mountainous areas and small island developing States.

The significance and potential of youth was also recognized in the outcome document, and young people played a major role in this year’s Conference.
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