UNICEF / CLIMATE GRETA THUNBERG

23-Sep-2019 00:02:38
Sixteen child petitioners – including Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villaseñor – from 12 countries around the world today presented a landmark official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest lack of government action on the climate crisis. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF / CLIMATE GRETA THUNBERG
TRT: 02:38
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: CREDIT UNICEF FOOTAGE ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2019, UNICEF HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY / 20 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY, USA
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20 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY, USA

1. Tilt down, climate march protestors on the streets
2. Wide shot, climate march protestors on the streets

23 SEPTEMBER 2019, UNICEF HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist:
“What I… is to raise awareness and to raise attention on this crisis and to actually make it clear that it was 30 years ago that you signed the Convention of the Rights of the Child and world leaders have failed to keep what they’ve promised. They promised to protect our rights and they have not done that.”

20 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY, USA

4. Pan right, climate march protestors on the streets

23 SEPTEMBER 2019, UNICEF HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist:
“This is a huge opportunity for world leaders to actually prove that they are united behind the science and that they are going to take real action.”

20 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY, USA

6. Med shot, young girl sitting on her father’s shoulders
7. Med shot, protestors chanting

23 SEPTEMBER 2019, UNICEF HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist:
“I just hope something good will come out of it. I hope it will have a good outcome, but we also have to prepare ourselves for the worst and continue even if it has a bad outcome.”

20 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY, USA

9. Various shots, climate march protestors

23 SEPTEMBER 2019, UNICEF HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexandria Villaseñor, Climate Activist:
“My name is Alexandria Villaseñor. I’m 14 years old. I’m from New York. And I’m here because 30 years ago, the world signed a contract between generations, that the present world would leave a world worth inheriting to the future. And today, I want to tell the world, you are defaulting on that contract and we’re here to collect.”

20 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY, USA

11. Pan left, protestors holding signs

23 SEPTEMBER 2019, UNICEF HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexandria Villaseñor, Climate Activist:
“We’re here as citizens of the planet, as victims of the pollution that’s been carelessly dumped into our land, air and sea for generations, and as children whose rights are being violated. Today, we are fighting back.”

20 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY, USA

13. Med shot, two protestors perched up on a streetlight
23 SEPTEMBER 2019, UNICEF HOUSE, NEW YORK CITY

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexandria Villaseñor, Climate Activist:
“On behalf of all of us on the stage, I’m announcing that earlier this morning, we have filed an official complaint under the Convention of the Rights of the Child.”
15. Wide shot, young protestors on stage applauding
STORYLINE
Sixteen child petitioners – including Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villaseñor – from 12 countries around the world today presented a landmark official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to protest lack of government action on the climate crisis.

The child petitioners – aged between 8 to 17 – allege that Member States’ failure to tackle the climate crisis constitutes a violation of child rights. They urged the independent body to order Member States to take action to protect children from the devastating impacts of climate change.

SOUNDBITE (English) Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist:
“What I… is to raise awareness and to raise attention on this crisis and to actually make it clear that it was 30 years ago that you signed the Convention of the Rights of the Child and world leaders have failed to keep what they’ve promised. They promised to protect our rights and they have not done that.”

The complaint was filed through the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a voluntary mechanism which allows children or adults on their behalf to appeal directly to the United Nations for help if a country that has ratified the Protocol fails to provide a remedy for a rights violation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist:
“This is a huge opportunity for world leaders to actually prove that they are united behind the science and that they are going to take real action.”

Announced at a press conference hosted at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, the complaint aims to inspire the urgent action needed to curb global heating and mitigate the impact of the climate crisis.

SOUNDBITE (English) Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist:
“I just hope something good will come out of it. I hope it will have a good outcome, but we also have to prepare ourselves for the worst and continue even if it has a bad outcome.”

In addition to Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, and Alexandria Villaseñor, the 14-year-old American climate activist, the 14 other child petitioners are from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Marshall Islands, Nigeria, Palau, South Africa, Sweden, Tunisia and the United States.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alexandria Villaseñor, Climate Activist:
“My name is Alexandria Villaseñor. I’m 14 years old. I’m from New York. And I’m here because 30 years ago, the world signed a contract between generations, that the present world would leave a world worth inheriting to the future. And today, I want to tell the world, you are defaulting on that contract and we’re here to collect.”

The child petitioners are represented by global law firm Hausfeld LLP and Earthjustice.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alexandria Villaseñor, Climate Activist:
“We’re here as citizens of the planet, as victims of the pollution that’s been carelessly dumped into our land, air and sea for generations, and as children whose rights are being violated. Today, we are fighting back.”

UNICEF supports the child petitioners exercising their right to bring complaints via the communication procedure of the Third Optional Protocol. However, UNICEF is not a party to the complaint. UNICEF is neutral and plays no part in the adjudication process by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alexandria Villaseñor, Climate Activist:
“On behalf of all of us on the stage, I’m announcing that earlier this morning, we have filed an official complaint under the Convention of the Rights of the Child.”

Adopted on 20 November 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international human rights treaty outlining the civil, economic, social, political and cultural rights of children - without discrimination of any kind.
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