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UNEP - 7 June 2012 - The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, assessed 90 of the most-important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four.
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UNDP - 6 June 2012 - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a video spot "The Future We Want" which uses voices of Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, French actor Lambert Wilson, Brazilian football star Marta Vieira da Silva and Italian actress Laura Morante, to explain what sustainable development is to mainstream audiences.
The public service announcement will be part of the "Future We Want" campaign of the United Nations ahead of the Conference on Sustainable Development, or 'Rio+20,' to be held in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012.
The video aims at explaining the foundation of sustainable development planning, i.e., each policy and investment decision must take into equal consideration its economic, social and environmental impacts.
It has become common practice that government and private sector decision making mainly takes into account the economic gains of any policy or investment, which often leads to the neglect of the poor and overexploitation of the environment.
"For me, achieving sustainable development is not about trading economic, social, and environmental objectives off against each other," said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. "It is about seeing them as interconnected objectives which are best pursued together."
It has been a challenge for many political leaders, activists, researchers and spokespeople to explain what sustainable development stands for. The new spot attempts to portray the topic in a way that everybody can understand.
The video, using the hand painting and stop motion technique, was created by Italian video artist Virgilio Villoresi, under the artistic direction of Luca Cipelletti from AR.CH.IT. It is available for any broadcaster, and will be posted on YouTube, on United Nations web sites, and internet sites of partner organizations before and during the 'Rio+20' conference.
The video spot also invites the public to vote on 100 recommendations on sustainable development at http://vote.riodialogues.org. The recommendations have been put forward by a community of experts who convened online at the Rio+20 Dialogues, organized by the Government of Brazil on a social networking web site developed by UNDP. The top recommendations based on public votes will be presented to the more than 120 heads of state and government participating in Rio+20 Conference.
Video Artist: Virgilio Villoresi
Art direction: Luca Cipelletti
Scenography: Michela Natella
Painting: Carlo Cossignani & Virgilio Villoresi
D.O.P.: Gabriele Chiapparini & Tommaso Alvisi
UNDP Executive Producer: Aziyade Poltier
Semhar Ghebrenegus Salvati
Dinuka Priyaranga Fernando Warnakulasuriya
Special Thanks to:
Luca e Massimo Capitano (Rosso Milano)
Semhar Ghebrenegus Salvati
Marco Marcacci (CDC Sefit group)
Pasticceria Plalineria e co.
Dinuka Priyaranga Fernando Warnakulasuriya
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UNESCO - 5 June 2012 - The newly released UNESCO video "Learning to address climate change" shows in four minutes why climate change education is important to shape sustainable development and how it works in practice. It shows how education can help us understand the causes of climate change. It also gives examples of how teachers and students can get active and address the challenges of climate change.
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IFAD - 2 June 2012 - In preparation to the Rio+20 Conference, to be held in Brazil on 20-22 June (http://bit.ly/K2dJgA), watch this episode of Hungry Planet. In this video, researchers measure carbon levels stored within Tanzania's forests; Brazilian farmers turn to sustainable agriculture to rehabilitate the natural environment; and Mali refugees arrive at the M'bera refugee camp in Mauritania in search of food and safety.
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IFAD - 27 May 2012 - In the North East of Brazil, millions of people battle to grow food around their houses due to toxic grey water from washing and sewage that runs outside. But now a newly designed biowater filtering system has the potential to change all of their lives. The dirty water passes through a filtering system. The filtered water is then clean enough to use to irrigate the land. This is the story of Ulisses dos Santos who has tested out the system for one year. Now he is not only eating better, but also making a profit.
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World Bank - 19 May 2012 - The Government of Bangladesh envisions a country with electricity for all. It has been forty years that the World Bank has supported this vision for Bangladesh. In this video, Farida bought a solar panel to keep her tea stall open longer. Thanks to electricity, her children can now study in the evenings and are performing better at school. Like Farida, millions of people can now continue with life after dark.
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World Bank - 18 May 2012 - In the 20 years since the first Earth Summit in Rio, filmmakers have followed the world's progress on sustainable development through the lives of 10 children from around the world who were born that year. In this takeout, the World Bank's special envoy for climate change discusses the changes and hopes for the future through their stories.
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UNEP - 13 May 2012 - Last year Gisele Bündchen beat Don Cheadle to rally the most green activities, but who will win this year? This year Ian Somerhalder joins the fun. Check the World Environment Day challenge at http://www.wedchallenge.org to take part and do your bit for the environment
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UNDP -- 23 March 2012 - The Equator Initiative announced yesterday the names of twenty-five local community groups to receive the Equator Prize 2012 in recognition of their outstanding contributions to sustainable development. The winners were selected from 812 nominations submitted by communities in 113 countries across the developing world.
This film highlight's one of 2011 winner of the prize, Dr. Diep Thi My Hanh and the Phu An Bamboo village in Vietnam. The winners will be celebrated at a high level event during the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. They will receive a monetary award and participate in a 'community summit' that will run in parallel to the larger conference.
"We wanted to make this a truly global award, so expanded eligibility to all countries receiving support from UNDP. The overwhelming response from 113 countries in 13 languages tells us there is a world of community-based innovation out there, and that demand for a better future transcends borders," said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
"These community efforts are heroic and inspiring. And that is what the Equator Prize is all about -- shining a spotlight on the women and men on the front lines of sustainable development. At UNDP, we are so deeply proud of leading this initiative and giving communities a voice."
Many of the foundational issues to be discussed at the landmark Rio+20 Conference are represented in the pool of winners: food security, sustainable jobs, freshwater access, sustainable energy, oceans, and more.
The Equator Initiative is a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.
The Equator Prize, which has been endorsed by former Heads of State Gro Harlem Brundtland and Oscar Arias, philanthropist Ted Turner, a host of Nobel laureates, and celebrities Gisele Bündchen and Edward Norton, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year.
Current partners of the initiative include: Conservation International; Convention on Biological Diversity; Ecoagriculture Partners; Fordham University; German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; International Union for Conservation of Nature; The Nature Conservancy; Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Rare; Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA); UNEP; UNDP; and UN Foundation.
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World Bank -- 2 March 2012 - Oceans are under stress. The Global Partnership for Oceans is a growing alliance of governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests that will mobilize knowledge and financial resources to address threats to ocean health, resilience and productivity.
Additional footage provided by Guy Harvey, The Nature Conservancy, and Conservation International
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FAOVideo -- 26 January 2012 - In southern India, the climate is becoming unpredictable and drought more common. Indiscriminate pumping from shallow aquifers shared by many farmers has caused abnormal drops in water levels. When a well goes dry, a farmer loses his crop. Six thousand farmers have been trained in groundwater management by a project run by Indian NGOs and guided by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. They have learned to monitor how much water is available underground at the start of the growing season. Then they only plant crops that need that much water.
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OCHA Films You Tube-12 January 2012 - On 12 January 2010, a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, leaving in its wake a trail of massive destruction, more than 200,000 people dead and 2.3 million people displaced.
A massive humanitarian operation has yielded remarkable results but the humanitarian crisis in the country is not over.
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World Bank You Tube- 4 January 2012 - Rapid motorization in China, which was once known as the "Kingdom of Bicycles", has come at a cost to the environment. To address this, World Bank-funded projects promote public transport, walking and biking in Chinese cities, so that they could move toward a low-carbon future.
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UNICEF You Tube-28 December 2010 - UNICEF's Edward Bally reports on Benin's efforts to begin long-term recovery from recent severe flooding.
For more information, please visit http://www.unicef.org
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WorldBank YouTube-8 December 2011- A team of climate experts investigates the climate catastrophe that is brewing in countries like Nepal and Bangladesh. They discover victims of climate change who never made the headlines and find evidence that climate change has already started to hurt economies.
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UNU Channel YouTube-6 December 2011- In Iceland, geothermal energy heats houses, powers industry and ensures gushing hot water fills bathtubs and thermal spas year round.
Geophysicist Anna Wairimu Mwangi has traveled from Kenya, to learn how and why Iceland has become a world leader in geothermal energy use.
Anna is perfecting her exploration skills by studying with seasoned Icelandic experts in the United Nations University (UNU) Geothermal Training Programme. She hopes to take her newfound knowledge back home and apply it to her work at Kenyan power company, KenGen.
Will Anna discover if geothermal energy holds the key to Kenya's rapidly growing power needs?
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World Bank YouTube-7 December 2011 - A Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development Project in South Africa's Western Cape Province encourages landowners to be stewards of their holdings, so that the rich biodiversity in this World Heritage Site has a place to thrive, and the region has a chance to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
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UnepAndYou YouTube-6 December 2011 - To commemorate and honor the life and work of Professor Wangari Maathai, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) opened Forest Day 5, one of the most intensive and influential annual global events on forests, with a short video about the Nobel Peace Laureate.
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UNICEF YouTube-5 December 2011 - UNICEF reports on South African children who are advocating for their leaders to address climate change.
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World Bank YouTube-2 December 2011 - The World Bank has released new data and tools on climate change as the latest additions to its Open Data Initiative. The Apps for Climate Competition aims to bring together the best ideas from scientists, application developers, civil society organizations, and development practitioners to create innovative apps using World Bank data.
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UNICEF You Tube-3 November 2011 - In Kyrgystan, lessons in Disaster Risk Reduction are going a long way to help equip young people with the necessary skills to protect them from avoidable tragedy
For more information, please visit: http://www.unicef.org