GENEVA / AFGHANISTAN GUTERRES PRESSER

13-Sep-2021 00:02:06
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday hailed significant international financial support and solidarity with the people of Afghanistan at a flash appeal in Geneva, in which he appealed for a lifeline for the country’s most vulnerable people. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / AFGHANISTAN GUTERRES PRESSER
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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13 SEPTEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Wide shot, conference room, journalists and TV cameras
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, we have already heard clearly more than one billion USD of pledges. It is impossible as I have said to say how much of this will be for the flash appeal, but in any case, it represents a quantum leap in relation to the financial commitment of the international community towards the Afghan people.”
4. Med shot, masked journalists taking notes
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are of course very much concerned in making sure that humanitarian assistance is an entry point for an effective engagement with the Taliban in all other aspects of concern of the international community.”
6. Wide shot, photographer and journalists standing by video cameras
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Humanitarian aid will not solve the problem if the economy of Afghanistan collapses. And we know that the risk is enormous, and that there is a dramatic lack of cash.”
8. Med shot, journalist taking notes, masked and wearing headphones
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The letter that we received: two documents; one was guaranteeing full humanitarian work of the UN and the respect by the Taliban to that full humanitarian work; and the second, that they are available to provide security, to provide even escorts when there are situations of insecurity that would justify it. So not only there is an attitude of acceptance but there is an attitude of support.”
10. Wide shot, journalists, dais to rear
11. Wide shot, photographer taking photo of Guterres
12. Med shot, journalists
13. Med shot, journalists typing
14. Various shots, flag alley
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday hailed significant international financial support and solidarity with the people of Afghanistan at a flash appeal in Geneva, in which he appealed for a lifeline for the country’s most vulnerable people.

“Today, we have already heard clearly more than one billion USD of pledges. It is impossible as I have said to say how much of this will be for the flash appeal, but in any case, it represents a quantum leap in relation to the financial commitment of the international community towards the Afghan people,” said Guterres.

In an encounter with journalists on the sidelines of the high-level ministerial meeting in Geneva, Guterres noted that the fact that nearly 100 Member States had taken part - in addition to more than 30 regional and international organisations – underscored that the crisis in Afghanistan remained a crucial issue for the global community.

The UN top official also reiterated the importance of ensuring that assistance did not come at the expense of hard-won gains for women and minorities in Afghanistan in the last 20 years.

“We are of course very much concerned in making sure that humanitarian assistance is an entry point for an effective engagement with the Taliban in all other aspects of concern of the international community,” he said, after appealing for 606 million USD to get urgent assistance to 11 million people for the next four months.

While immediate concerns have focused on the provision of emergency aid to avert a major humanitarian crisis in the country, the Secretary-General warned that such assistance “will not solve the problem if the economy of Afghanistan collapses. And we know that the risk is enormous, and that there is a dramatic lack of cash.”

Asked about the nature of the written assurances that the Taliban delivered in a letter to the UN over the weekend concerning aid assistance, the UN Secretary-General explained that there were in fact “two documents; one was guaranteeing full humanitarian work of the UN and the respect by the Taliban to that full humanitarian work; and the second, that they are available to provide security, to provide even escorts when there are situations of insecurity that would justify it. So not only there is an attitude of acceptance but there is an attitude of support.”

It was also important to underline that the Taliban communiqué also appealed for international support for development, to combat the drug trade and security. Guterres said there is a clear interest of the Taliban to engage with the international community, which he said gives also the international community some leverage.
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