UN / COVID-19 AFRICA

19-May-2021 00:02:35
Secretary-General António Guterres today said recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic “offers an opportunity to address the root causes of conflict, put prevention at the forefront of our efforts, and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / COVID-19 AFRICA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 19 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

19 MAY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Multiple screens
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Recovery from the pandemic offers an opportunity to address the root causes of conflict, put prevention at the forefront of our efforts, and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The entire United Nations system across the African continent is working to support these goals. African governments themselves have shown great commitment to fight the pandemic by establishing an Africa Taskforce for a unified continent-wide approach. However, limited supply and access to vaccines and insufficient support for the pandemic response are now hampering and delaying the recovery. Out of 1.4 billion doses administered around the world today, only 24 million have reached Africa – less than two percent.”
4. Multiple screens
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The pandemic has shown that we are only as strong as our weakest link and will only achieve recovery in solidarity. A sense of shared vulnerability must translate into common purpose as we strive to overcome fragmentation and nationalism; address the roots, drivers and sources of conflict and crisis; shape a strong recovery; and build a better future for all. No other continent is more important in this effort than Africa.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission:
“Today, the biggest challenge Africa is facing is vaccine issue. It is a very big mistake to think that the world will be secure while the African continent is still lacking protection against a virus and its variants. Can we forget that the world is globalized and that the pandemic is profoundly true?”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“Currently, African countries account for a small fraction of the world’s reported COVID-19 cases and fatalities, relative to its population. This is partly due – as we heard from Moussa Faki - to the laudable efforts of many
African governments and institutions early in the pandemic. However, the small percentages mask the crippling financial, social, and political implications of COVID-19 on the Continent. According to UNDP’s latest research this year, approximately six out of every ten people who will become poor across the globe from this pandemic outfold, will live in sub-Saharan Africa.”
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STORYLINE
Secretary-General António Guterres today (19 May) said recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic “offers an opportunity to address the root causes of conflict, put prevention at the forefront of our efforts, and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.”

The Secretary-General said, “the entire United Nations system across the African continent is working to support these goals” and “African governments themselves have shown great commitment to fight the pandemic by establishing an Africa Taskforce for a unified continent-wide approach.”

However, he pointed out, “limited supply and access to vaccines and insufficient support for the pandemic response are now hampering and delaying the recovery,” and noted that “out of 1.4 billion doses administered around the world today, only 24 million have reached Africa – less than two percent.”

Guterres said, “the pandemic has shown that we are only as strong as our weakest link and will only achieve recovery in solidarity. A sense of shared vulnerability must translate into common purpose as we strive to overcome fragmentation and nationalism; address the roots, drivers and sources of conflict and crisis; shape a strong recovery; and build a better future for all. No other continent is more important in this effort than Africa.”

In his address to the Council, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said, “the biggest challenge Africa is facing is vaccine issue. It is a very big mistake to think that the world will be secure while the African continent is still lacking protection against a virus and its variants.”

For his part, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Achim Steiner, said, “African countries account for a small fraction of the world’s reported COVID-19 cases and fatalities, relative to its population.” However, he added, “the small percentages mask the crippling financial, social, and political implications of COVID-19 on the Continent. According to UNDP’s latest research this year, approximately six out of every ten people who will become poor across the globe from this pandemic outfold, will live in sub-Saharan Africa.”
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