CABO VERDE / GUTERRES VISIT

21-Jan-2023 00:03:34
Secretary-General António Guterres today arrived in Cabo Verde for the Ocean Race Summit – and to take a close look at some of the answers and innovative solutions under way in this 10-island archipelago off the coast of Africa. UNIFEED
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STORY: CABO VERDE / GUTERRES VISIT
TRT: 03:34
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: PORTUGUESE / NATS

DATELINE: 21 JANUARY 2023, MINDELO, CABO VERDE
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, Cesária Évora statue outside Cesária Évora Airport
2. Various shots, Honor Guard at airport
3. Various shots, Secretary-General António Guterres arrival
4. Various shots, Guterres meeting with Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva
5. Wide shot, Guterres and Correia e Silva at press encounter
6. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Cabo Verde, as we know, is on the frontlines of the existential crisis generated by climate disruptions. In the past five years, I know that Cabo Verde has faced a severe drought. Sea level rise and the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems present an existential threat to this and many other archipelagos. I am profoundly frustrated by the fact that world leaders are not taking the necessary action and making the investments needed to face this life and death emergency. We are facing the fight of our lives, and unfortunately, we are losing.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“We need justice for those who – like Cabo Verde – have practically done nothing to provoke this crisis, but who are paying a very high price. Cabo Verde had demonstrated climate leadership with words and deeds.”
9. Wide shot, end of presser
10. Various shots, Guterres visiting Ocean Live Park, at the arrival of the Ocean Race
11. Pan left, musical group
12. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General:
“When we see so many political leaders not paying attention to the central issues that threaten humanity, questions like the climate; pandemics like the last one when they were uncapable of consensus; inequalities; divisions between north and south; it is particularly unfair for developing countries, and in particular the Small Island States. To be able to show the example of Cabo Verde, namely in the discussions we have at the UN and the parameters we established at the United Nations, and the mobilization that we have to do at the UN for solidarity and international cooperation, to be able to show the example of Cabo Verde, is for me extremely important and gratifying.”
13. Wide shot, applause
STORYLINE
Secretary-General António Guterres today (22 Jan) arrived in Cabo Verde for the Ocean Race Summit – and to take a close look at some of the answers and innovative solutions under way in this 10-island archipelago off the coast of Africa.

Guterres was greeted by Foreign Minister Rui Figueiredo Soares at Cesária Évora Airport and later met Prime Minister José Ulisses Correia e Silva.

At a press encounter following the meeting, Guterres said, Cabo Verde “is on the frontlines of the existential crisis generated by climate disruptions” as it has “faced a severe drought” as well as sea level rise and loss of biodiversity and ecosystems which “present an existential threat to this and many other archipelagos.”

He said he was “profoundly frustrated by the fact that world leaders are not taking the necessary action and making the investments needed to face this life and death emergency.”
The Secretary-General said, “we need justice for those who – like Cabo Verde – have practically done nothing to provoke this crisis, but who are paying a very high price. Cabo Verde had demonstrated climate leadership with words and deeds.”

In the past five years, the country has held an ‘Ocean Week’ every year and, on this coming Monday, Cabo Verde is partnering with the Ocean Race to hold a summit that will feature speakers from all over the world, including the Secretary-General.

Cabo Verde is hosting leg one of the Ocean Race, and Guterres visited the 11 boats participating that last night docked in the port of Mindelo.

Later in the evening, Guterres and Correia e Silva participated in the Prime Minister’s Speaker Series at the National Center, its facade covered in the circular shapes of lids from oil barrels painted in primary colors.

The Secretary-General lauded the “example of Cabo Verde” against a backdrop of, “many political leaders not paying attention to the central issues that threaten humanity.”

He said, “to be able to show the example of Cabo Verde, is for me extremely important and gratifying.”

In the last few years, Cabo Verde fishermen have noted a drop in the capture of black mackerel, one of the most popular fish among the locals. In 2022, the packaging industry reported a reduction in the capture of tuna and absence of black mackerel, raw material for the industry.

According to the preliminary results of a UN-led assessment that should be presented and discussed with key national stakeholders early this year, by 2100, the biomass of large pelagic fish – those that live in the pelagic zone of ocean or lake waters, being neither close to the bottom nor near the shore – such as albacora, a species of tuna, is expected to decrease by up to 45 percent. In the neighboring Senegalo-Mauritanian basin, the reduction will be even greater.
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