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20-Nov-2020 00:02:57
Ahead of the 2020 G20 Riyadh summit, Secretary-General António Guterres issued an "SOS for the needs of developing countries,” for COVID-19 recovery, as they face “the precipice of financial ruin and escalating poverty, hunger and untold suffering.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Tilt up, exterior United Nations Headquarters

20 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Across the board, I am issuing an SOS for the needs of developing countries. Since day one, I have pushed for a massive rescue package equivalent to at least 10 per cent of the global economy. Developed countries can afford to provide enormous relief for their own societies – and they are doing so. But the developing world is on the precipice of financial ruin and escalating poverty, hunger and untold suffering.”
4. Wide shot, Guterres at the dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The recent breakthroughs on COVID-19 vaccines offer a ray of hope. But that ray of hope needs to reach everyone. That means ensuring that vaccines are treated as a global public good, accessible and affordable to everyone, everywhere. A people’s vaccine. This is not a “do-good” exercise. It is the only way to stop the pandemic dead in its tracks.”
6. Wide shot, Guterres at the dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The trillions of dollars being spent for COVID recovery is money that we are borrowing from future generations. Every last penny. And we cannot use those resources to lock in policies that burden them with a mountain of debt on a broken and dangerous planet. We have the opportunity to not simply reset the world but to transform it. A sustainable world will create new jobs, better infrastructure and a resilient future. An inclusive world will help ensure that people can enjoy the full respect of their human rights and live with dignity on a healthy planet.”
8. Wide shot, Guterres at the dais
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Recovery must be aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. And there are troubling signs. As of September, the rescue packages of G20 countries have committed 50 percent more in funding in support of fossil fuels than on low-carbon energy. It is madness to borrow money to heat up a planet living on borrowed time.”
10. Wide shot, press room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Until now, there has not been the acceptance by the Ethiopian authorities of any form of external mediation, and that is probably the reason why this has not yet also been discussed, there was not any initiative in the Security Council. We go on entirely at the disposal of the African Union to support any African Union initiative in this regard, and as I said, our main concern now is the dramatic humanitarian impact.”
12. Wide shot, end of presser
STORYLINE
Ahead of the 2020 G20 Riyadh summit, Secretary-General António Guterres today (20 Nov) issued an "SOS for the needs of developing countries,” for COVID-19 recovery, as they face “the precipice of financial ruin and escalating poverty, hunger and untold suffering.”

Talking to reporters in New York, the Secretary-General called for “a massive rescue package equivalent to at least 10 percent of the global economy.”

He noted that over the past seven months, countries have invested $10 billion in the effort to develop vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics, but $28 billion more are needed, including $4.2 billion before the end of the year.

Guterres said, “the recent breakthroughs on COVID-19 vaccines offer a ray of hope. But that ray of hope needs to reach everyone. That means ensuring that vaccines are treated as a global public good, accessible and affordable to everyone, everywhere.”

He said, this “is the only way to stop the pandemic dead in its tracks.”

The Secretary-General said, “the trillions of dollars being spent for COVID recovery is money that we are borrowing from future generations. Every last penny. And we cannot use those resources to lock in policies that burden them with a mountain of debt on a broken and dangerous planet.”

He said, “we have the opportunity to not simply reset the world but to transform it. A sustainable world will create new jobs, better infrastructure and a resilient future. An inclusive world will help ensure that people can enjoy the full respect of their human rights and live with dignity on a healthy planet.”

Guterres said, “recovery must be aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” but pointed out that “there are troubling signs.”

He said, “as of September, the rescue packages of G20 countries have committed 50 percent more in funding in support of fossil fuels than on low-carbon energy.”

Asked about the situation in Ethiopia, the Secretary-General said, “until now, there has not been the acceptance by the Ethiopian authorities of any form of external mediation, and that is probably the reason why this has not yet also been discussed, there was not any initiative in the Security Council. We go on entirely at the disposal of the African Union to support any African Union initiative in this regard, and as I said, our main concern now is the dramatic humanitarian impact.”
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