OHCHR / HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

10-Dec-2021 00:03:38
Marking Human Rights Day, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said the past two years have demonstrated, “all too painfully, the intolerable cost of soaring inequalities,” according to a spokesperson. UNTV CH
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STORY: OHCHR / HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 DECEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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10 DECEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior
2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The past two years have demonstrated, all too painfully, the intolerable cost of soaring inequalities. Inequalities that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly 73 years ago on 10 December 1948, sought to eradicate in its effort to pave a path to a better world.”
4. Wide shot, technician working on computers and dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The decades since then saw some very significant progress. However, over the past twenty years, since 2001 in particular, a succession of global shocks has undermined that progress. And this devastating pandemic that we are going through has laid bare many of our failures to consolidate the advances we had made.”
6. Wide shot, Briefing room cameras and dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Inequalities have fuelled the pandemic and continue to do so. In turn, the pandemic has fed a frightening rise in inequalities, leading to disproportionate transmission and death rates in the most marginalized communities, as well as contributing to soaring poverty levels, increased hunger, and plummeting living standards.”
8. Wide shot, briefing room, dais, and participants
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Women, low-income and informal workers, younger and older people, and those with disabilities, as well as members of ethnic, racial and religious minorities and indigenous peoples are among those hit hardest, creating even greater age, gender and racial inequalities.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room, dais, and participants
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“This divergence has been aggravated by shockingly unequal vaccine coverage – as of the 1 December, barely eight percent of adults had received one dose of vaccine in low-income families, compared to 65 percent in high-income.”
12. Wide shot, technician working on computers and dais
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“The environmental crisis caused by climate change is further exacerbating discrimination, marginalization, and inequity.”
14. Med shot, speakers at dais in briefing room
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“A growing debt crisis is also weighing heavily on many countries. Over half of least-developed and low-income countries are now in, or at high risk of, debt distress.”
16. Wide shot, briefing room, dais, and participants
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“This is a critical period in world affairs. Humanity is reeling from the setbacks sparked by COVID-19 and struggling to make the radical changes necessary to prevent further environmental disaster.”
18. Med shot, participant working on computers
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“Equality is at the heart of human rights and at the heart of the solutions required to carry us through this period of global crisis.”
20. Med shot, Technician working on computer
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“As a common single race – the human race -- our only way forward is to work together for the common good. This was well understood during the years of rebuilding after World War II – the years that saw the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the subsequent elaboration of the all-embracing system of international human rights law.”
22. Med shot, participant in briefing room
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“So, we need to bring human rights back to the forefront if we want to maintain progress – not just for those who suffer from the gross inequalities that blight our planet, but for the sake of all of us.”
24. Wide shot, briefing room, dais, and participants
STORYLINE
Marking Human Rights Day, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said the past two years have demonstrated, “all too painfully, the intolerable cost of soaring inequalities,” according to a spokesperson.

Addressing reporters in Geneva today (10 Dec), OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “adopted by the UN General Assembly 73 years ago on 10 December 1948, sought to eradicate” these inequalities in its effort to “pave a path to a better world.”

Colville said the decades since then saw some very significant progress; “However, over the past twenty years, since 2001 in particular, a succession of global shocks has undermined that progress. And this devastating pandemic that we are going through has laid bare many of our failures to consolidate the advances we had made.”

The OHCHR spokesperson said inequalities “have fuelled the pandemic and continue to do so.” He added, “In turn, the pandemic has fed a frightening rise in inequalities, leading to disproportionate transmission and death rates in the most marginalized communities, as well as contributing to soaring poverty levels, increased hunger, and plummeting living standards.”

Colville said women, low-income and informal workers, younger and older people, and those with disabilities, as well as members of ethnic, racial and religious minorities and indigenous peoples “are among those hit hardest, creating even greater age, gender and racial inequalities.”

The OHCHR spokesperson said this divergence has been aggravated by shockingly unequal vaccine coverage – as of the 1 December, barely eight percent of adults had received one dose of vaccine in low-income families, compared to 65 percent in high-income.

Colville said the environmental crisis caused by climate change is “further exacerbating discrimination, marginalization, and inequity.” He added that a growing debt crisis is also weighing heavily on many countries. “Over half of least-developed and low-income countries are now in, or at high risk of, debt distress.”

He said, “This is a critical period in world affairs. Humanity is reeling from the setbacks sparked by COVID-19 and struggling to make the radical changes necessary to prevent further environmental disaster.”

Colville said, “Equality is at the heart of human rights and at the heart of the solutions required to carry us through this period of global crisis.”

He stressed, “As a common single race – the human race -- our only way forward is to work together for the common good. This was well understood during the years of rebuilding after World War II – the years that saw the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the subsequent elaboration of the all-embracing system of international human rights law.”

The OHCHR spokesperson underscored the need to “bring human rights back to the forefront if we want to maintain progress – not just for those who suffer from the gross inequalities that blight our planet, but for the sake of all of us.”
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