IFAD / HOLY SEE FUNDING

11-Dec-2020 00:04:00
Pope Francis has shown his support for the work of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in tackling hunger and poverty, with the Holy See making its first-ever contribution to the Fund. IFAD
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STORY: IFAD / HOLY SEE FUNDING
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SOURCE: IFAD
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LANGUAGE: SPANISH / NATS

DATELINE: 08 DECEMBER 2020, ROME, ITALY / FILE
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FILE - 2019, ROME, ITALY

1. Wide shot, Pope Francis welcomed by President Houngbo at 2019 Governing Council
2. Med shot, Pope entering Governing Council plenary hall
3. Wide shot, audience
4. Med shot, Pope addressing audience

08 DECEMBER 2020, ROME, ITALY

5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Rome:
“Many of them are desperate women and children whose voices are often not heard in their constant struggle to survive.”

FILE – VATICAN

6. Pan left, St. Peter's square
7. Close-up statues on top of St.Peter's basilica

08 DECEMBER 2020, ROME, ITALY

8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Rome:
“The Holy Father shares your concern around well-functioning agriculture, food value chains and trade, and it is his hope that the leaders of all nations take decisive action to this end. Otherwise, the pandemic caused by the coronavirus outbreak will drastically reduce access to food and prevent many people from overcoming poverty and hunger.”

FILE - 2019, ROME, ITALY

9. Wide shot, Pope and President posing for photos
10. Med shot, Pope signing IFAD visitors book

08 DECEMBER 2020, ROME, ITALY

11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Rome:
“Without forward-looking intervention, the consequences of this health emergency for all humankind will lead to great pain and suffering.”

FILE – BURKINA FASO

12. Wide shot, millet farmer weeding field

FILE - BANGLADESH

13. Med shot, rice farmer harvesting
14. Wide shot, rice farmer harvesting

FILE - GUATEMALA

15. Wide shot, pepper farmer picking peppers
16. Close up, pepper farmer picking peppers

FILE - THE PHILIPPINES

17. Tracking, rice farmer carrying rice strands

08 DECEMBER 2020, ROME, ITALY

18. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Rome:
“Only if we join together in our efforts will IFAD be able to reach poor rural people and mobilize resources for over-indebted countries. We simply cannot keep silent in the face of so much suffering and adversity. Today more than ever the international community must join forces to prepare for and achieve a future that is sustainable, inclusive and just for all.”

FILE – UGANDA

19. Wide shots, solar farm

FILE - GUATEMALA

20. Med shot, woman in vegetable processing warehouse following safety protocols and washing hands

FILE – NIGERIA

21. Various shots, rice processing with people wearing masks due to COVID-19

FILE - ECUADOR

22. Med shot, man processing potatoes

FILE – Ethiopia

23. Aerial shot, field
24. Aerial shots, aqueduct carrying water to field
STORYLINE
Pope Francis has shown his support for the work of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in tackling hunger and poverty, with the Holy See making its first-ever contribution to the Fund.

Taking this unprecedented step, the Holy See also called on IFAD’s Member States to increase their contributions. This took place at the organization’s first official pledging session to mobilize resources for 2022-2024, to support its work to ensure that the most vulnerable rural people can sustainably access nutritious food and decent incomes.

In a recorded video statement, the Holy See Representative to the United Nations in Rome, Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, gave a seven-minute address in which he highlighted Pope Francis’ concern for the plight of human beings who go to bed hungry in the rural areas of our planet.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Rome:
“Many of them are desperate women and children whose voices are often not heard in their constant struggle to survive.”

In his address to Member States attending the pledging session, he also spoke of Pope Francis’ views on the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s access to food.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Rome:
“The Holy Father shares your concern around well-functioning agriculture, food value chains and trade, and it is his hope that the leaders of all nations take decisive action to this end. Otherwise, the pandemic caused by the coronavirus outbreak will drastically reduce access to food and prevent many people from overcoming poverty and hunger.”

Arellano said, “Without forward-looking intervention, the consequences of this health emergency for all humankind will lead to great pain and suffering.”

Last year, Pope Francis attended IFAD’s Governing Council, the most important gathering of its Member States, where he learnt more about the Fund’s important work to eradicate rural hunger and poverty.

This year, he called on all nations to fund IFAD’s work.

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Rome:
“Only if we join together in our efforts will IFAD be able to reach poor rural people and mobilize resources for over-indebted countries. We simply cannot keep silent in the face of so much suffering and adversity. Today more than ever the international community must join forces to prepare for and achieve a future that is sustainable, inclusive and just for all.”

Some of the world’s poorest countries were also among the first to pledge funds, including Burkina Faso, Côte D’Ivoire and Mali who are at least doubling their contributions to IFAD, with large increases also coming from The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

The Pope’s home country of Argentina has also pledged, alongside Egypt, El Salvador, Myanmar and Nicaragua. More countries are expected to announce their pledges today.
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