UN / UAE SECURITY COUNCIL

01-Jun-2023 00:02:23
Announcing the United Arab Emirates’ priorities for its presidency of the Security Council for the month of June, Permanent Representative Lana Zaki Nusseibeh said that her country wants to “underscore how climate change has been, is and will continue to directly impact the Council's ability to carry out its mandate.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UAE SECURITY COUNCIL
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DATELINE: 1 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1 JUNE 2023, NEW YORK CITY

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“We aim to underscore how climate change has been, is and will continue to directly impact the Council's ability to carry out its mandate. But we also believe that the impacts of climate change on international peace and security require a carefully calibrated role for the Security Council. And our ambition is that this event will help to continue to build a common view on what this role could be in the future.”
4. Wide shot, journalists in the briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“In terms of the UAE perspective, we would welcome – as our president has said – the last barrel of oil being drawn out of our country. We welcome the transition to clean energy. We think this is a vital, important issue to us. So, I think you know, the UAE is the first nation that's signed on the Paris Climate Accord. We build three of the world's largest solar projects. We've continued to finance sustainable technologies through major bilateral initiatives, including most recently with the United States and we will continue to finance the transition to renewable energy.”
6. Close up, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“We see extremism and the extremist narratives that can take root easily through misinformation and disinformation as a nefarious scourge of our time and it's spreading rapidly via the internet, and social media. So we think that education interfaith dialogue, community dialogue really has to step up and play a key role in countering it.”
8. Close up, journalist asking question
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United Arab Emirates (UAE):
“We were very involved in supporting and steering the adoption of a presidential statement in February that expressed deep concern and dismay with Israel's announcement of a further expansion of settlement activity and called for discussion and dialogue and reiterated the Council's position to the two-state solution. Now, that was important because it was the first product from the Council in eight years. And I think you'll see with that and with our calls for consultations and briefings from Tor Wennesland, whose work we support, [that] we are very much making sure that we keep the Council's focus on this issue.”
10. Wide shot, briefing room
STORYLINE
Announcing the United Arab Emirates’ priorities for its presidency of the Security Council for the month of June, Permanent Representative Lana Zaki Nusseibeh said that her country wants to “underscore how climate change has been, is and will continue to directly impact the Council's ability to carry out its mandate.”

Briefing journalists on Thursday (1 June), the ambassador explained that one of the signature events of the presidency will be an open debate, on 13 June, dedicated to climate change, peace and security.

Nusseibeh said that the UAE believes “that the impacts of climate change on international peace and security require a carefully calibrated role for the Security Council” and the country’s ambition is “that this event will help to continue to build a common view on what this role could be in the future.”

The Permanent Representative added, “In terms of the UAE perspective, we would welcome – as our president has said – the last barrel of oil being drawn out of our country. We welcome the transition to clean energy. We think this is a vital, important issue to us.“

Illustrating this commitment, Nusseibeh noted that “the UAE is the first nation that's signed on the Paris Climate Accord” and the country also built three of the world's largest solar projects, continues to finance sustainable technologies through major bilateral initiatives, including most recently with the United States, and we will continue to finance the transition to renewable energy.

Speaking about misinformation, she said, “We see extremism and the extremist narratives that can take root easily through misinformation and disinformation as a nefarious scourge of our time and it's spreading rapidly via the internet, and social media. So we think that education interfaith dialogue, community dialogue really has to step up and play a key role in countering it.”

Answering a question about the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Nusseibeh said the UAE was “very involved in supporting and steering the adoption of a presidential statement in February that expressed deep concern and dismay with Israel's announcement of a further expansion of settlement activity and called for discussion and dialogue and reiterated the Council's position to the two-state solution.”

According to the ambassador, “that was important because it was the first product from the Council in eight years” and these efforts will continue during the month of June.
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