ADDIS ABABA / GUTERRES PRESSER

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday told reporters in Addis Ababa, “Many see Africa as a continent with problems. We see Africa as a continent of hope and opportunity.” ECA

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STORY: ADDIS ABABA / GUTERRES PRESSER
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SOURCE: ECA (ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA)
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DATELINE: 10 FEBRUARY 2019, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

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1. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres at the dais
2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Many see Africa as a continent with problems. We see Africa as a continent of hope and opportunity. Of course, there are many problems on the African continent; there are many unsolved situations, there are many conflicts. We have, as it was said this morning, a very serious problem of refugees and displaced persons. But it is also true that it is in Africa that there are now signals that conflicts can be resolved and that conflicts can be avoided.”
3. Cutaway, presser
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Africa has enormous opportunities for investment. Africa has enormous opportunities for economic growth. But it is necessary that Africa benefits from the solidarity and from the partnership of the international community as a whole. And that is the reason why I have strongly appealed for an increasing development cooperation with the African continent. And at the same time, taking into account that one of the key components of the challenges that we face today in development is climate change. That is why I once again said that climate change is running faster than we are, that climate change is the defining issue of our time, is the biggest threat for humankind and for the planet, and that it’s absolutely essential to increase ambition in mitigation of emissions, in adaptation of countries to the consequences [that are] already inevitable, but also in financing, especially in financing of the developing world and in innovation, in order to contain this monster that is growing and threatening us all.”
5. Cutaway, presser
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Africa has shown remarkable solidarity in relation to refugees. All African borders have been open. And I have seen very poor communities receive refugees and give them what was even scarce for the communities themselves. And I believe this generosity, this solidarity, needs to be matched. We see that other borders are closed and we don’t see enough support for the African countries hosting refugees - to be able to give them the means and the capacity to effectively protect and assist those that have fled because of reasons of conflict in their own countries. On the other hand, it is also true that from the migration point of view, there are more African migrants in other African countries than African migrants in Europe.”
7. Wide shot, Secretary-General leaving

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters in Addis Ababa, “Many see Africa as a continent with problems. We see Africa as a continent of hope and opportunity.”

In a press conference in the Ethiopian capital on Sunday (10 Feb) during the African Union Summit, the UN chief added that “of course, there are many problems on the African continent; there are many unsolved situations, there are many conflicts,” and “a very serious problem of refugees and displaced persons. But it is also true that it is in Africa that there are now signals that conflicts can be resolved and that conflicts can be avoided.”

Guterres also said, “Africa has enormous opportunities for investment. Africa has enormous opportunities for economic growth. But it is necessary that Africa benefits from the solidarity and from the partnership of the international community as a whole. And that is the reason why I have strongly appealed for an increasing development cooperation with the African continent. And at the same time, taking into account that one of the key components of the challenges that we face today in development is climate change.”

He added, “That is why I once again said that climate change is running faster than we are, that climate change is the defining issue of our time, is the biggest threat for humankind and for the planet, and that it’s absolutely essential to increase ambition in mitigation of emissions, in adaptation of countries to the consequences [that are] already inevitable, but also in financing, especially in financing of the developing world and in innovation, in order to contain this monster that is growing and threatening us all.’

The UN chief also said that during the African Union Summit, he could witness, first of all, how deep was the cooperation between the UN and the African Union today, and second, how committed the African Union was to make sure that the hope and the opportunity that Africa represents today are fully transformed into reality.

Asked about the situation of internally displaced, migrants and refugees in the continent, Guterres said “Africa has shown remarkable solidarity in relation to refugees. All African borders have been open. And I have seen very poor communities receive refugees and give them what was even scarce for the communities themselves. And I believe this generosity, this solidarity, needs to be matched.”

He also said, “We see that other borders are closed and we don’t see enough support for the African countries hosting refugees - to be able to give them the means and the capacity to effectively protect and assist those that have fled because of reasons of conflict in their own countries. On the other hand, it is also true that from the migration point of view, there are more African migrants in other African countries than African migrants in Europe.”

Guterres noted that it was essential to have more effective international cooperation between countries of origin, countries of transit and countries of destination. That was exactly the goal of the compact that was approved in Marrakech, he stressed.

During the weekend, the UN Secretary-General visited the Ethiopian capital to attend the annual African Union summit, which brings together Heads of State from across the continent. This year’s event, which began on Sunday, focuses on the issue of refugees and internally displaced persons.
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