UN / SLAVERY WRAP

25-Mar-2011 00:01:59
During a Special Commemorative Session of the General Assembly on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that "while legalized slavery has long been abolished, slavery-like practices are very much with us." UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 25 MARCH 2011, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE
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FILE / RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

25 MARCH 2011, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan right, delegates
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Deiss, President of the General Assembly:
“Over 100 million children around the world are exposed to the worst forms of child labour, such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, or other forms of forced labour, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict. These numbers are shocking.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Therein lies our challenge, even today - to remember slavery then, and continue the fight against its contemporary versions now. That is the weight that, together, we must carry. While legalized slavery has long been abolished, slavery-like practices are very much with us - from debt bondage and domestic servitude to forced or early marriages, the sale of wives and trafficking in children.”
6. Various shots, dance
7. Wide shot, press conference dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Melba Moore, Actress and Singer:
“I think the first goal has to be to memorialise what has happened in the history. I think that some of those challenges are going to have to be dealt with as you try to make it international, but I think the focus should be first of all, let’s remember what happened before, and us entertainers can help inspire and bring young people especially, and all ages and all cultures together to look at look at some of the positive possibilities that can happen out of the art, and out of the fact that some of us have survived this brutalities and still have our love intact and want to use what’s left of our lives to inspire.”
9. Close up, photographer
10. Wide shot, press conference dais
STORYLINE
The United Nations today (25 March) capped off a week of activities to honour the memory of the millions of innocent victims who suffered over four centuries due to the transatlantic slave trade, focusing on the legacy of those enslaved and their contributions to the societies in which they lived.

General Assembly President Joseph Deiss addressed a special commemorative meeting of the General Assembly to mark the Day and noted that in today’s world “over 100 million children” were exposed to slavery-like practices. He said that “these numbers are shocking.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told the meeting that the challenge today was to remember slavery then, and continue the fight against its contemporary versions now, including debt bondage, domestic servitude, forced marriages and trafficking in children.

He said that “while legalized slavery has long been abolished, slavery-like practices are very much with us.”

Among the events organised for the fourth annual commemoration of the Day will be a Living Legacy concert staged ate the General Assembly Hall tonight (25 March) featuring prominent artists such as Melba Moore and Randy Weston of the United States, Morgan Heritage of Jamaica, Aurelio Martinez of Honduras, Khaira Arby of Mali and a cultural group from Equatorial Guinea.

At a press conference later in the day Moore, said he first goal had to be to “memorialise what has happened” historically. She added that entertainers “can help inspire and bring young people especially, and all ages and all cultures together.”

The General Assembly recently adopted a resolution sponsored by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to erect a permanent memorial in remembrance of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade in UN grounds.

“The living legacy of 30 million untold stories” is the theme of this year’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which is observed annually on 25 March.
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