UN / GUTERRES TEDROS MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE

19-Feb-2021 00:02:18
UN chief António Guterres said that he believes the G20 is “well placed” to establish an Emergency Task Force to prepare a Global Vaccination Plan for COVID-19, “bringing together countries, companies and international organizations and financial institutions with the required power, scientific expertise and production and financial capacities.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES TEDROS MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE
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DATELINE: 19 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / 19 FEBRUARY 2021, MUNICH, GERMANY / 19 FEBRUARY 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, conference stage

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We also need at least a doubling of global manufacturing capacity, through sharing of licenses and technology transfer. I believe the G20 is well placed to establish an Emergency Task Force to prepare such a Global Vaccination Plan, bringing together countries, companies and international organizations and financial institutions with the required power, scientific expertise and production and financial capacities.”

19 FEBRUARY 2021, MUNICH, GERMANY

3. Wide shot, conference stage

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“All countries, cities, corporations and financial institutions should set benchmarks to implement the net-zero transition in the next 30 years. This should start now with concrete steps: put a price on carbon; end subsidies and financing for coal and other fossil fuels, and reinvest those funds in renewable energy.”

19 FEBRUARY 2021, MUNICH, GERMANY

5. Wide shot, conference stage

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We cannot solve the biggest problems when the biggest powers are at odds. Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in two opposing areas in a Great Fracture — each with its own dominant currency and trade and financial rules, and its own Internet and artificial intelligence capacities. A technological and economic divide risks turning into a geo-strategic and military divide. We must avoid this at all costs.”

19 FEBRUARY 2021, MUNICH, GERMANY

7. Wide shot, conference stage

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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General:
“Vaccine equity is not just the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. The longer it takes to suppress the virus everywhere, the more opportunities it has to change its ways to make the vaccines less effective, the opportunity to mutate. We could end up back to square one. More vaccines are being developed, approved and produced, there will be enough for everyone, but now vaccines are a limited resource, we must use them as effectively as we can.”

19 FEBRUARY 2021, MUNICH, GERMANY

9. Wide shot, conference stage
STORYLINE
UN chief António Guterres said that he believes the G20 is “well placed” to establish an Emergency Task Force to prepare a Global Vaccination Plan for COVID-19, “bringing together countries, companies and international organizations and financial institutions with the required power, scientific expertise and production and financial capacities.”

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference segment on “Priorities for Global Action” today (19 Feb), Guterres stated that the global tests keep getting bigger and more complex, yet our responses remain fragmented and insufficient.

Listing the four imperatives, Guterres reiterated that the first is a Global Vaccination Plan.

He said that vaccines must be available and affordable for everyone, everywhere. Vaccine equity is crucial for saving lives and saving economies. He added that countries need to share excess doses and provide the billions needed for its full swing.

He also stated that the world needs “at least a doubling of global manufacturing capacity, through sharing of licenses and technology transfer.”

The UN Secretary- General said that he believes the G20 is “well placed to establish an Emergency Task Force to prepare such a Global Vaccination Plan, bringing together countries, companies and international organizations and financial institutions with the required power, scientific expertise and production and financial capacities.”

He also reaffirmed the UN’s readiness to support of this effort.

The second priority must be to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, the UN chief stated.

Guterres stated that countries representing more than 65 per cent of emissions and more than 70 per cent of the world economy have committed to net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050. He urges to expand this coalition to 90 per cent by the November Climate Conference in Glasgow.

He said, “all countries, cities, corporations and financial institutions should set benchmarks to implement the net-zero transition in the next 30 years,” adding that this should start now with concrete steps: “put a price on carbon; end subsidies and financing for coal and other fossil fuels, and reinvest those funds in renewable energy.”

The third priority, Guterrs said is to ease geopolitical tensions and enhance diplomacy for peace.

He explained, “we cannot solve the biggest problems when the biggest powers are at odds,” reiterating that the world “cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in two opposing areas in a Great Fracture — each with its own dominant currency and trade and financial rules, and its own Internet and artificial intelligence capacities. A technological and economic divide risks turning into a geo-strategic and military divide.”

The UN chief stated, “we must avoid this at all costs.”

The fourth priority is to re-define global governance for the 21st century, Guterres stated, reiterating the importance of multilateralism.

Also speaking at the conference was Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General.

He said, “vaccine equity is not just the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do.”

Tedros explained, “he longer it takes to suppress the virus everywhere, the more opportunities it has to change its ways to make the vaccines less effective, the opportunity to mutate.”

The WHO’s chief warned that the world could end up back to square one, adding that “more vaccines are being developed, approved and produced, there will be enough for everyone, but now vaccines are a limited resource, we must use them as effectively as we can.”
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