UN / 75TH ANNIVERSARY UN CHARTER

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Marking the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, UN chief António Guterres said the document “brought rules and hope to a world in ruins” and remains a “touchstone for a world mired in a pandemic, torn by discrimination, endangered by climate change and scarred by poverty, inequality and war.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / 75TH ANNIVERSARY UN CHARTER
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DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, flags outside UN headquarters
2. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior

26 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“This is a moment of reckoning for our shared planet and shared future. This is a time for action, ambition and partnership. Three-quarters of a century ago, sceptics doubted the resolve of the members of the United Nations. Cynicism did not prevail then, nor will it now. ‘We the peoples’ remain nations, united guided by the principles of our Charter.”
4. Screen, graphic for commemorating 75th anniversary of UN Charter
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Charter was adopted as the Second World War was in its final months and winding down. We mark the anniversary of that milestone as global pressures are spiraling up. The Charter brought rules and hope to a world in ruins. It remains our touchstone for a world mired in a pandemic, torn by discrimination, endangered by climate change and scarred by poverty, inequality and war.”
6. Screen, graphic for commemorating 75th anniversary of UN Charter
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The delegates in San Francisco in 1945, having themselves lived through a global pandemic,
depression and war, seized their opportunity to plant the seeds of something better and new.
Today, we must do the same. To achieve that watershed moment, we need to reimagine multilateralism, give it teeth to function as the founders intended, and ensure that effective global governance is a reality when it is needed.”
8. Screen, graphic for commemorating 75th anniversary of UN Charter
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Like those who drafted the Charter, we must look without illusion at today’s injustices, their roots and the suffering they engender. Yet there is also much to encourage us and drive us onward: The heroism and solidarity of the pandemic response; The global embrace of the Sustainable Development Goals; The millions of young activists and global citizens pushing to advance equality, climate action, a green economy -- and to take control of their destiny. I am inspired by so much that has been built and achieved across 75 years.”
10. Screen, graphic for commemorating 75th anniversary of UN Charter
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ):
"75 years later, the court is still spreading the bright rays of the sun of justice and of the rule of law throughout the world and offering all states the possibility of settling disputes peacefully through the law instead of resorting to brutal force."

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

12. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior
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Marking the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, UN chief António Guterres said the document “brought rules and hope to a world in ruins” and remains a “touchstone for a world mired in a pandemic, torn by discrimination, endangered by climate change and scarred by poverty, inequality and war.”

At a high-level event held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Guterres said the UN exists to serve people and works as one for the benefit of all. He said the post-war multilateral arrangements on which the UN was foudned have compiled a solid record of service – saving millions of lives, advancing the human condition and fulfilling its cardinal task of preventing World War Three, but there have been painful setbacks.

SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The delegates in San Francisco in 1945, having themselves lived through a global pandemic,
depression and war, seized their opportunity to plant the seeds of something better and new.
Today, we must do the same. To achieve that watershed moment, we need to reimagine multilateralism, give it teeth to function as the

The UN chief said Civil society, cities, the private sector and young people are essential voices and must be brought to the the table in an inclusive and networked multilateralism. He added, “Like those who drafted the Charter, we must look without illusion at today’s injustices, their roots and the suffering they engender.”

Guterres noted that there was much to encourage the drive onward including: “The heroism and solidarity of the pandemic response; The global embrace of the Sustainable Development Goals; The millions of young activists and global citizens pushing to advance equality, climate action, a green economy -- and to take control of their destiny.” He said he was “inspired by so much that has been built and achieved across 75 years.”

The UN chief underscored that the Charter’s vision stands the test of time and its values will continue to carry the world forward. He stressed the need to persevere, press ahead, pursue goals, show responsibility for the world, and take care of each other.

General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande said the 75th commemoration was taking place as many people suffer and bear great losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the world could draw strength from those who have persevered in the past in the face of great despair, including the penholders of the UN Charter.
Muhammad-Bande said the world need a strong UN development system and effective collaboration between the UN and international financial institutions now more than ever. He said, in pursuit of inclusive multilateralism, space must be created for civil society and ensure the full participation of voices that have gone unheard for too long, including women, youth, indigenous persons and people with disabilities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the United Nations General Assembly:
“This is a moment of reckoning for our shared planet and shared future. This is a time for action, ambition and partnership. Three-quarters of a century ago, sceptics doubted the resolve of the members of the United Nations. Cynicism did not prevail then, nor will it now. ‘We the peoples’ remain nations, united guided by the principles of our Charter.”

Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), said the UN Charter is the most innovative and trailblazing treaty in the history of international relations. He said it laid down the foundations of rule of law at international level, banned the use of force in international relations and established the principles of equal rights and self-determinations of peoples all over the world. It also imposed on all states an obligation to settle their disputed peacefully.

Yusuf said all members of the UN are automatically parties to the Statues of the ICJ, adding that the 17 cases currently pending before the court involving 28 member states in all five UN regional groups, highlight the wide acceptance by states of judicial settlements by the Court and shows the quality of its work over past seven and a half decades.

Yusuf said, "75 years later, the court is still spreading the bright rays of the sun of justice and of the rule of law throughout the world and offering all states the possibility of settling disputes peacefully through the law instead of resorting to brutal force."
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