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20-Jun-2022 00:04:27
The United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, warned the Security Council that the humanitarian situation in Syria remains dire for millions of children, women and men, with needs at their highest since the start of the war over 11 years ago. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 20 JUNE 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

20 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The humanitarian situation in Syria remains dire for millions of children, women and men across the country. Needs are at their highest since the start of the war over 11 years ago.
The world’s largest refugee crisis continues to impact the region and the world.”
4. Close up, Security Council president
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I strongly appeal to the members of the Council to maintain consensus on allowing cross-border operations, by renewing resolution 2585 for an additional twelve months. It is a moral imperative to address the suffering and vulnerability of 4.1 million people in the area who need aid and protection. Eighty percent of those in need in northwest Syria are women and children.”
6. Med shot, Council members
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Together, the international community has helped avoid a total collapse in Syria. We have improved access; we have built resilience. But the only way to end the humanitarian tragedy in Syria is through a truly nationwide ceasefire and a political solution that e nables the Syrian people to determine their own future.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“In an ideal world, much more progress would have been made on cross-line delivery and we would be further along in implementing more early recovery programs. Of course that is true, that is not the issue. But we need to face reality. There has been progress, there has been progress in the right direction, only to stay this course to see more of it. At the same time we are doing this, the needs of the Syrian people, who should be our first attention, are rising with more of them requiring our assistance and our protection. At present, there is simply no alternative available to meet the scale and scope of needs other than the renewal of that resolution, an increase in funding and the efforts towards the national ceasefire that the Secretary General referred in his remarks.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“We are increasingly concerned by the reports of the food and fuel crisis in the country. It’s regrettable that the reports, once again, never pin responsibility for this on the United States of America. Not only because of the unilateral sanctions, but also because of their ongoing occupation of the northeast of the country. People, including children, are starving and work in social and medical facilities is stopping.”
12. Close up, Security Council president
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bassam al-Sabbagh, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syrian Arab Republic:
“And while this resolution is about to expire, the members of the Security Council are again discussing the renewal. Some of them have been launching media campaigns calling for renewing the resolution, notwithstanding the fact that they have been for so long, trying to fail it. Just a realistic glance on the results of the implementation of this resolution will show that it has not realized any of the objectives pursued.”
14. Med shot, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations walks to the stakeout
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“But I've also made clear that no amount of aid will meet the needs on the ground If we can't actually reach people in need. And that's what makes the UN cross border mechanisms such a vital lifeline. And that's why I will be making the case to the Security Council in just a few minutes that we have to stand united to renew and expand this mandate. This is our chance to make clear to the Syrian people who have endured over a decade of brutal conflict that we have not forgotten about them.”
16. Med shot, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations walks away from the stakeout
STORYLINE
The United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres, warned the Security Council that the humanitarian situation in Syria remains dire for millions of children, women and men, with needs at their highest since the start of the war over 11 years ago.

Addressing the Council on Monday (20 June), Guterres said that “the world’s largest refugee crisis continues to impact the region and the world.”

The UN chief appealed to the members of the Council to maintain consensus on allowing cross-border operations, by renewing resolution 2585 for an additional twelve months.

For Guterres, “it is a moral imperative to address the suffering and vulnerability of 4.1 million people in the area who need aid and protection.”

According to UN estimates, 80 percent of those in need in northwest Syria are women and children.

Around the country, 14.6 million people need humanitarian assistance.

Twelve million people are food insecure, unsure where their next meal is coming from.

Around 90 percent of the population live below the poverty line, and infrastructure is crumbling, destroyed by years of conflict.

The economy is set to contract further this year, according to the World Bank.

The UN current humanitarian appeal requires $4.4 billion to assist people inside Syria and another $5.6 billion to support refugees in the region.

The Secretary-General said that, together, the international community has helped avoid a total collapse in Syria, but for him “the only way to end the humanitarian tragedy in Syria is through a truly nationwide ceasefire and a political solution that enables the Syrian people to determine their own future.”

Martin Griffiths, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Council members that “in an ideal world, much more progress would have been made on cross-line deliver”, but “there has been progress in the right direction”.

At the same, the humanitarian chief said, the needs of the Syrian people are rising, with more of them requiring assistance and protection.

“At present, there is simply no alternative available to meet the scale and scope of needs other than the renewal of that resolution, an increase in funding and the efforts towards the national ceasefire that the Secretary-General referred in his remarks,” said Griffiths.

Dmitry Polyanskiy, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said his country is “increasingly concerned by the reports of the food and fuel crisis in the country.”

For Polyanskiy, “it’s regrettable that the reports, once again, never pin responsibility for this on the United States of America.”

“Not only because of the unilateral sanctions, but also because of their ongoing occupation of the northeast of the country. People, including children, are starving and work in social and medical facilities is stopping,” the Deputy Permanent Representative said.

Bassam al-Sabbagh, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations of the Syrian Arab Republic, noted that the members of the Security Council are discussing the renewal, even though some of them “have been for so long trying to fail it.”

For the Syrian ambassador, “just a realistic glance on the results of the implementation of this resolution will show that it has not realized any of the objectives pursued.”

Ahead of the Security Council meeting, the United States’ Representative to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said that “no amount of aid will meet the needs on the ground If we can't actually reach people in need.”

For the ambassador, that is what “makes the UN cross border mechanisms such a vital lifeline” and that is why she asked the other Council members to renew and expand this mandate.

“This is our chance to make clear to the Syrian people who have endured over a decade of brutal conflict that we have not forgotten about them,” Thomas-Greenfield concluded.
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