LOCATIONS: Rome, Italy
DATE: 22 March 2021/File
SOUND: Natural / English /Spanish
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File – Rome, Italy
1. Pan right of FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy
2. Close up of a United Nations flag
3. Medium shot of a United Nations flag
22 March 2021
4. Gallery view with QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, speaking
5. SOUNDBITE (English) QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General: “Lives of over one billion people are severely constrained by water scarcity, or water shortages. Intensifying water usage threatens food security, nutrition, and requires urgent action. Population growth and changing diets will increase water needs, intensifying competition among water users. Insufficient and unreliable access to water impedes the livelihoods of many millions of small scale farmers, fishers and herders. Challenges in the access to water, the increase of pollution, are seen all around the food supply chain, including food processing, affecting the food security, nutrition, health and ecosystem services and posing major risks for the vulnerable populations.”
6. Gallery view with QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, speaking
7. SOUNDBITE (English) QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General: “FAO is working with members and partners to create a stronger and more resilient rural communities addressing water scarcity, improving livelihood opportunities and sustaining ecosystems. FAO Global Framework on Global Scarcity Partnership Programme accelerates joint actions to cope with water scarcity in agriculture and changing climate. FAO’s Water Productivity Portal uses open access to remotely sensed data to assist the members monitor water production and also reduce water stress.”
8. Moderator Sasha Koo-Oshima, Deputy Director, Land and Water Division, FAO, speaking
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO: “By 2030, we will face a 40 per cent shortfall in terms of water we require to meet our needs. When water become scarce, the consequences are always serious, amplifying inequalities, and affecting vulnerable populations in particular. In slums for instance, water costs up to 20 times more than in areas where it can be accessed through public networks. Water is essential for health, for our survival, as the current pandemic has clearly shown. Yet 45 per cent of the global population and 40 per cent of health institutions do not have access to essential sanitation facilities.”
10. Moderator Sasha Koo-Oshima, Deputy Director, Land and Water Division, FAO, speaking
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Gilbert F. Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water and President of IFAD: “We have no time to lose, because we know we are seriously off track in our commitment to meet the SDG 6. So we must accelerate progress. In some areas, such as ensuring countries have operational agreement for water cooperation, we must even move 8 times faster if we really want to get close to achieve our objective at 2030. The plans are in place, working through the SDG 6 global acceleration framework we can respond to the needs of people and the needs of the planet. Anything less is unacceptable ladies and gentlemen.”
12. Moderator Sasha Koo-Oshima, Deputy Director, Land and Water Division, FAO, speaking
13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis: “In the same 21st century, in the era of progress and of technical innovations, the access to drinking and safe water is not within everyone's reach. His Holiness reminds us of that water is a basic human right, fundamental and universal, condition for the exercise of other human rights”.
14. Gallery view with Cardinal Pietro Parolin speaking
15. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis: “To guarantee the right access to water, it is of great urgency to act without delay to stop once and for all to disperse, commercialize and contaminate water. Collaboration between states, between the public and private sector, as well as the multiplication of initiatives by intergovernmental bodies, is more necessary than ever. Equally urgent is binding legal coverage, systematic and effective support so that quality and quantity of drinking water arrive in all areas of the planet.
16. Moderator Sasha Koo-Oshima, Deputy Director, Land and Water Division, FAO, speaking
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