United Nations brings a dose of reality to Virtual Reality (VR) with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
This film is a VR experience that gives viewers the chance to ‘travel’ with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to witness the realities of humanitarian crises in the Middle East and Africa.
In 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon traveled to more than ten countries in five months to draw global attention to the urgent needs of some 130 million people severely impacted by armed conflicts and natural disasters. A VR crew captured the journey and offers viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at Ban’s visits to communities where people are suffering in some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
This is the first and only time the UN Secretary-General has been featured in a virtual reality film.
"More than 60 million people are displaced. That is the largest number of people since the end of the Second World War. We must show them the solidarity they deserve,” said Ban.
The Secretary-General reveals personal details about his own life, explaining to school children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, that he himself was once an internally displaced person, forced to flee his burning village during the Korean war. He also meets with Zaad, a 16-year-old Syrian refugee teenager who dreams of becoming a translator, “to tell all the world what happened in Syria”.
Produced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs with the support of UNICEF, "Home" features a portion of the music track #Wheresthelove" by seven-time Grammy Award winner will.i.am. The track was released earlier this year, and invites audiences to support worthy causes via: www.wheresthelove.com.
The film is also available on the United Nations Virtual Reality app: (www.unvr.org).