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STORY: UN / PROTECTION GLOBAL CLIMATE
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DATELINE: 28 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

SHOTLIST:

FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

28 MARCH 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. Close up, High Level Meeting banner on screen
4. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Climate change is happening now and to all of us. Every week brings a new example of climate-related devastation. No country or community is immune. And, as is always the case, the poor and vulnerable are the first to suffer and the worst hit. My heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions – of people affected by the recent cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Such events are becoming more frequent, more severe and more widespread and will become even worse unless we act urgently, now.”
6. Med shot, Guterres at the podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have no excuse not to act. We have the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality. They lie in the great agreements of 2015 – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. But tools are no use if you don’t use them. So, today, and every day, my appeal is clear and simple. We need action, ambition and political will.”
8. Wide shot, delegates applauding
9. Wide shot, youth representative Sheddona Richardson walks up to podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheddona Richardson, Youth Representative:
“For people in the Caribbean climate change is not a matter to be debated. For us it is a lived reality. We have a significant understanding of the impacts of climate change and the need for collective action to find new and better ways to tackle such an immense issue while seeking to sustain economic and social well-being. Not just for you, not just for me, but for all of us.”
11. Wide shot, delegates applauding
12. Wide shot, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen walks up to podium
13. Med shot, Austrian delegation
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Van der Bellen, Federal President, Republic of Austria:
“Last year, we have seen another year in which temperature records were set: The hottest year on record in Austria, my country, where vulnerable alpine regions cover 60 percent of its surface. All of this while polar caps and glaciers are melting, sea levels rising, weather phenomena are aggravating, and desertification is encroaching. Anyone, anyone who would argue that these fundamental changes to our planet's climate are not inflicted by mankind is turning a blind eye to science and to scientific evidence.”
15. Wide shot, delegates

STORYLINE:

Speaking to a General Assembly High-Level meeting on climate change and sustainable development today (28 Mar), Secretary-General António Guterres said extreme climate events such the recent Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe “are becoming more frequent, more severe and more widespread and will become even worse unless we act urgently, now.”

Guterres said, “climate change is happening now and to all of us. Every week brings a new example of climate-related devastation. No country or community is immune. And, as is always the case, the poor and vulnerable are the first to suffer and the worst hit.”

The Secretary-General said the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change are “the tools to answer the questions posed by climate change, environmental pressure, poverty and inequality,” but “tools are no use if you don’t use them.”

In her address to the High-level meeting, Sheddona Richardson, a youth representative from Grenada, said, “for people in the Caribbean climate change is not a matter to be debated. For us it is a lived reality. We have a significant understanding of the impacts of climate change and the need for collective action to find new and better ways to tackle such an immense issue while seeking to sustain economic and social well-being. Not just for you, not just for me, but for all of us.”

For his part, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said, “last year, we have seen another year in which temperature records were set: The hottest year on record in Austria, my country, where vulnerable alpine regions cover 60 percent of its surface. All of this while polar caps and glaciers are melting, sea levels rising, weather phenomena are aggravating, and desertification is encroaching. Anyone, anyone who would argue that these fundamental changes to our planet's climate are not inflicted by mankind is turning a blind eye to science and to scientific evidence.”

The High-level meeting aims to provide a bridge between last year’s United Nations Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland; the review of Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action in the High-level Political Forum in July; and the United Nations Climate Summit and High-level Political Forum Summit to be convened during the High-level week in September.

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