UN / GUTERRES COVID-19 CORRUPTION

15-Oct-2020 00:01:47
In a recorded message, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust” and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic “is creating new opportunities to exploit weak oversight and inadequate transparency, diverting funds away from people in their hour of greatest need.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES COVID-19 CORRUPTION
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt up, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust. It is even more damaging in times of crisis – as the world is experiencing now with the COVID-19 pandemic. The response to the virus is creating new opportunities to exploit weak oversight and inadequate transparency, diverting funds away from people in their hour of greatest need. Governments may act in haste without verifying suppliers or determine fair prices. Unscrupulous merchants peddle faulty products such as -- defective ventilators, poorly manufactured tests or counterfeit Medicines. And collusion among those who control supply chains has led to outrageous costs of much-needed goods, skewing the market and denying many people life-saving treatment.”

RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

3. Close up, United Nations flag outside Headquarters

09 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must hold leaders to account. Businesspeople must act responsibly. A vibrant civic space and open access to information are essential. And we must protect the rights and recognize the courage of whistle-blowers who expose wrongdoing. Technological advances can help increase transparency and better monitor procurement of medical supplies. Anti-corruption bodies need greater support and empowerment.”

RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

5. Close up, United Nations flag outside Headquarters

09 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Corruption in the time of COVID-19 has the potential to seriously undermine good governance around the world, and to send us even farther off-track in our work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. I urge all governments and all leaders to be transparent and accountable, and to use the tools provided by the United Nations Convention against Corruption.”

RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

7. Close up, United Nations flag outside Headquarters
STORYLINE
In a recorded message issued today (15 Oct), Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust” and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic “is creating new opportunities to exploit weak oversight and inadequate transparency, diverting funds away from people in their hour of greatest need.”

Guterres said, “governments may act in haste without verifying suppliers or determine fair prices. Unscrupulous merchants peddle faulty products such as -- defective ventilators, poorly manufactured tests or counterfeit Medicines. And collusion among those who control supply chains has led to outrageous costs of much-needed goods, skewing the market and denying many people life-saving treatment.”

He said, “we must hold leaders to account. Businesspeople must act responsibly. A vibrant civic space and open access to information are essential. And we must protect the rights and recognize the courage of whistle-blowers who expose wrongdoing.”

Technological advances, Guterres said, “can help increase transparency and better monitor procurement of medical supplies,” while “anti-corruption bodies need greater support and empowerment.”

Corruption in the time of COVID-19, the Secretary-General said, “has the potential to seriously undermine good governance around the world, and to send us even farther off-track in our work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

He urged all governments and leaders “to be transparent and accountable, and to use the tools provided by the United Nations Convention against Corruption.”
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