UN / WFP BEASLEY PRESSER

16-Oct-2020 00:01:49
“The world is at crossroads and we need for the billionaires to step up as they never stepped up before,” World Food Programme (WFP) chief David Beasley told reporters in New York Friday, in a briefing about his recent trips to the Sahel region of Africa. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / WFP BEASLEY PRESSER
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DATELINE: 16 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

16 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room with Beasley on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme:
“I just left Niger, Togo and Burkina Faso and it is not good. I’ve been there three times in the last couple years and three years ago I began jumping up and down expressing my grave concerns about the area as we were seeing the deterioration take place for a variety of reasons; climate extremes, fragile governance coupled with extremists groups coming in and exploiting all of the above and so.”
4. Wide shot, press room with Beasley on screen
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme:
“When I look about a year ago, we were assisting in Burkina about 300 000 people on an average monthly basis. Now we are assisting 1.2 million people and the number of people we helped completely this year in Burkina Faso is 1.8 million people. So, getting worse and worse and worse.”
6. Wide shot, press room with Beasley on screen
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme:
“The world is facing an unprecedented crisis. Unprecedented. And a lot of the technology giants that manipulate data for corporate profits in the billions, why don’t we use some of that data to save lives right now. And I am asking the billionaires to please, you know, help us right now. Humanity needs help right now. It’s a one-time request, it is not an annual request at this stage. The world is at crossroads and we need for the billionaires to step up as they never stepped up before.”
8. Wide shot, press room with Beasley on screen
STORYLINE
“The world is at crossroads and we need for the billionaires to step up as they never stepped up before,” World Food Programme (WFP) chief David Beasley told reporters in New York Friday, in a briefing about his recent trips to the Sahel region of Africa.

Sahel is the semi-arid area just south of the Sahara Desert in northern Africa.

“I just left Niger, Togo and Burkina Faso and it is not good,” Beasley said in a virtual press conference. “I’ve been there three times in the last couple years and three years ago I began jumping up and down expressing my grave concerns about the area as we were seeing the deterioration take place for a variety of reasons; climate extremes, fragile governance coupled with extremists groups coming in and exploiting all of the above and so.”

To illustrate the worsening humanitarian situation, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme said that one year ago in Burkina Faso, his agency was assisting “about 300 000 people on an average monthly basis.”

“Now we are assisting 1.2 million people and the number of people we helped completely this year in Burkina Faso is 1.8 million people,” Beasley said. “So, getting worse and worse and worse.”

The Executive Director called on world richest individuals to help those in need.

“I am asking the billionaires to please, you know, help us right now. Humanity needs help right now. It’s a one-time request, it is not an annual request at this stage. The world is at crossroads and we need for the billionaires to step up as they never stepped up before,” he said.

The World Food Programme was awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize last week. The agency was recognized “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict”, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
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