GUTERRES / EUROPEAN UNION

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Addressing the European Parliament, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the EU to become a “powerful bridge-builder” in the run-up to COP26. EUROPEAN UNION
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STORY: GUTERRES / EUROPEAN UNION
TRT: 3:57
SOURCE: EUROPEAN UNION
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 JUNE 2021, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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24 JUNE 2021, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

1. Wide shot, flags outside European Parliament
2. Wide shot, Guterres being welcomed by President of European Parliament David Sassoli
3. Wide shot, Guterres and Sassoli walking
4. Wide shot, Guterres and Sassoli photo op
5. Wide shot, Guterres and Sassoli to meeting room
6. Various shots, Guterres writing in book
7. Various shots, Guterres and Sassoli meeting
8. Wide shot, European Parliament
9. Various shots, Guterres at podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The pandemic is causing more deaths today than a year ago. And vaccines are our only way out of this crisis. They must be considered as a global public good, available and affordable to all. Vaccine equity is not only the greatest moral test of our times. It is also a matter of effectiveness. As the virus tends to mutate, nobody is safe until we are all vaccinated. And sadly, the world is not rising to the occasion.”
11. Wide shot, Guterres at podium
12. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Des centaines de millions de personnes sont tombées dans la pauvreté. Des pays sont au bord du défaut de paiement. La moitié de la population mondiale n'a pas accès aux services de santé dont elle a besoin. Et pendant ce temps, rien que l'année dernière, la richesse des plus fortunés a augmenté de 5 000 milliards de dollars. Je réitère mon appel aux gouvernements pour qu'ils envisagent une taxe de solidarité ou un impôt sur la fortune pour celles et ceux qui ont profité de la pandémie, afin de financer la relance socio-économique.”
(English translation) “Hundreds of millions of people have fallen into poverty. Countries are on the verge of default. Half of the world's population does not have access to the health services they need. And during that time, just last year, the wealth of the wealthy grew by $ 5,000 billion. I reiterate my call on governments to consider a solidarity tax or a wealth tax for those who have benefited from the pandemic, in order to finance socio-economic recovery.”
13. Med shot, attendees clapping
14. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We also need to re-establish trust between developed and developing countries. And we once again look to the EU to become a powerful bridge-builder in the run-up to COP26. The way to do so is by fulfilling the promises that were made in Paris, namely regarding the mobilization of 100 billion US dollars of support to developing countries, every year. And this is not a symbolic pledge, it is a vital commitment. We can only ask for more ambition if we provide additional support.”
15. Wide shot, Gutterres addressing European Parliament
16. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are no longer questioning if regulation is needed but asking what type of ‘good regulation’ should be put in place. And we must address cyber insecurity and reclaim the online space as a public good. And confront hate speech, misinformation, and human rights abuses. And this also applies to Artificial Intelligence. Human beings must remain in control and lethal autonomous weapons must be banned. We must strengthen global governance in a domain where it is largely missing and ensure diversity in those who create and develop new technology, so that we do not amplify inequalities.”
17. Various shot, attendees applauding
18. Pan right, Guterres and President of the European Council walking to stakeout
19. Wide shot, Guterres and President of the European Council at stakeout
20. UPSOUND (English) Charles Michel, President, European Council:
“Just one word about that, you know that the values are at the heart of the European project, and this is why tonight over the dinner, we will have the debate on this topic.”
21. Wide shot, Guterres and President of the European Council at stakeout
22. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“No discrimination is acceptable in any circumstances, and any discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people is totally unacceptable in our modern societies.”
23. Pan right, Guterres and President of the European Council leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
Addressing the European Parliament, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the EU to become a “powerful bridge-builder” in the run-up to COP26.

Speaking in Brussels today (24 Jun), Guterres said the strategic partnership between the European Union and the United Nations is more indispensable than ever.

He said the world is at a crossroads and the situation can go either way: breakdown or breakthrough. He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the world’s shared fragility, inter-connectedness, and the overwhelming need for collective action. HE stressed that biggest challenge, and greatest opportunity, is to use this crisis as a chance to pivot to a greener, fairer, and more sustainable world.

The Secretary-General said, “The pandemic is causing more deaths today than a year ago. And vaccines are our only way out of this crisis. They must be considered as a global public good, available, and affordable to all. Vaccine equity is not only the greatest moral test of our times. It is also a matter of effectiveness. As the virus tends to mutate, nobody is safe until we are all vaccinated. And sadly, the world is not rising to the occasion.”

Guterres said unless the African continent receives 225 million additional doses, almost 90 per cent of African countries are set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10 per cent of their people. He added that in the international community wants to get 75 per cent of the world’s population vaccinated, it needs not one but 11 billion vaccine doses.

The UN chief said, as lessons are being drawn from the pandemic, assurance must be made that the world never again faces a crisis of this magnitude unprepared, which requires sustained investment, global solidarity, and collaboration to strengthen local, national and regional capacities. He underscored that no single country could address pandemics and global health emergencies alone.

Guterres said, “Hundreds of millions of people have fallen into poverty. Countries are on the verge of default. Half of the world's population does not have access to the health services they need. And during that time, just last year, the wealth of the wealthy grew by $ 5,000 billion. I reiterate my call on governments to consider a solidarity tax or a wealth tax for those who have benefited from the pandemic, in order to finance socio-economic recovery.”

The Secretary-General renewed him call to support the most vulnerable people and countries, including, if necessary, through debt relief. He said if the world is to avoid a greater economic crisis, it must put in place a global mechanism that strengthens transparency and debt sustainability.

On the climate front, Guterres said the EU has shown the way with the Green Deal, a commitment to net zero emissions by 2050, a higher 2030 target, and just transition plans.

He said the drive for net zero emissions must become the new normal for everyone, everywhere: every country, company, city and financial institution, including key sectors such as aviation, shipping, industry and agriculture.

He said, “We also need to re-establish trust between developed and developing countries. And we once again look to the EU to become a powerful bridge-builder in the run-up to COP26. The way to do so is by fulfilling the promises that were made in Paris, namely regarding the mobilization of 100 billion US dollars of support to developing countries, every year. And this is not a symbolic pledge, it is a vital commitment. We can only ask for more ambition if we provide additional support.”

With many countries on the frontline of the climate crisis, Guterres highlighted the moral imperative and clear economic case for supporting developing countries to adapt and build resilience to current and future climate impacts, which requires adequate and predictable financing.

He said the success of COP26 rests on achieving a breakthrough on adaptation and finance and urged
European countries to step up their technical and financial support to developing countries well ahead of the COP26.

The Sectary-General said lawlessness in cyberspace represents another growing fragility. He said big tech companies exercise extraordinary control over issues that profoundly affect peoples’ lives. He added that people have to have a say in the use of their data, which is not only used for targeted advertising, but also to manipulate perceptions and to shape behaviour.

He said, “We are no longer questioning if regulation is needed but asking what type of ‘good regulation’ should be put in place. And we must address cyber insecurity and reclaim the online space as a public good. And confront hate speech, misinformation, and human rights abuses. And this also applies to Artificial Intelligence. Human beings must remain in control and lethal autonomous weapons must be banned. We must strengthen global governance in a domain where it is largely missing and ensure diversity in those who create and develop new technology, so that we do not amplify inequalities.”

Asked about the new Hungarian law related to the LGBTIQ+ community in a joint press encounter with European Council President Charles Michel, The Secretary-General said, “No discrimination is acceptable in any circumstances, and any discrimination against LGBTIQ+ people is totally unacceptable in our modern societies.”
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