UN / GAZA PALESTINE ECONOMIC IMPACT

09-Nov-2023 00:02:18
A senior official at the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia said, “In just over four weeks, the number of children killed in Gaza, which is about 4,300 people, has surpassed the total number of children lost to armed conflict in 22 countries any year since 2020.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA PALESTINE ECONOMIC IMPACT
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DATELINE: 9 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

9 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, speakers, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA):
“In just over four weeks, the number of children killed in Gaza, which is about 4,300 people, has surpassed the total number of children lost to armed conflict in 22 countries any year since 2020.”
4. Med shot, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA):
“As of November 3, 3rd of November, it is estimated that 35,000 housing units have been totally demolished, and about 212,000 units are partially damaged, and if this word persists, the majority of Gaza's population might find themselves with nowhere to go to call home or to stay.”
6. Wide shot, speakers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA):
“A horrifying 96 percent of the Gazan population now faces an unprecedented deprivation of all essential services and has fallen into a multidimensional poverty.”
8. Wide shot, speakers
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA):
“The negative spillover of the war is already reaching neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, compounding their socio-economic and fiscal challenges.”
10. Wide shot, speakers
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdallah Al Dardari, Assistant Secretary-General / Director, Regional Bureau for Arab States, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“Not just Gaza: for the Palestinian economy to lose 4 percent of GDP in one month…that’s not comparable to any conflict we have seen before. The Syrian economy used to lose 1 percent of GDP a month.”
12. Wide shot, speakers
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdallah Al Dardari, Assistant Secretary-General / Director, Regional Bureau for Arab States, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
“After two months of fighting, Palestine and not just Gaza would have lost 16 years of human development. Health and education, infrastructure, and economic growth that would be wiped out. Palestine would go back to 2005.”
14. Wide shot, speakers
STORYLINE
A senior official at the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) said, “In just over four weeks, the number of children killed in Gaza, which is about 4,300 people, has surpassed the total number of children lost to armed conflict in 22 countries any year since 2020.”

Briefing journalists today (9 Nov) on the expected socio-economic impact on Palestine of the conflict, Rola Dashti, ESCWA’s Executive Secretary, said that as of 3 November, “it is estimated that 35,000 housing units have been totally demolished, and about 212,000 units are partially damaged, and if this word persists, the majority of Gaza's population might find themselves with nowhere to go to call home or to stay.”

She also said, “A horrifying 96 percent of the Gazan population now faces an unprecedented deprivation of all essential services and has fallen into a multidimensional poverty.”

She added, “The negative spillover of the war is already reaching neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, compounding their socio-economic and fiscal challenges.”

Abdallah Al Dardari, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States - in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said that the Palestinian economy to lose 4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in one month.

He commented, “That’s not comparable to any conflict we have seen before. The Syrian economy used to lose 1 percent of GDP a month.”

He stated, “After two months of fighting, Palestine and not just Gaza would have lost 16 years of human development. Health and education, infrastructure, and economic growth that would be wiped out. Palestine would go back to 2005.”
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