UNDP Brussels, the MDG Achievment Fund (MDGF) and the wider UN family in Brussels are proud partners of the Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, taking place every year since 2009 in Brussels.
The opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the international Millenium MDGs documentary film festival, last night, featured John Webster's Recipes for Disaster.
The film invites us to go on a diet before it is too late - a “carbon diet”. The diet will transform the way we eat and the way we think about what we buy and how we travel. It is an invitation to aspire for more sustainable lives. Intelligent and funny, the documentary takes us through the everyday obstacles and small failures that we all face to lead a more sustainable existence in a resource dependent world. The film maker calls these obstacles "the seven recipes for disaster".
The film is a reflection on our individual actions and responsibilities to fight climate change and global warming. But not only. It also shows that addressing climate change goes beyond individual actions and needs joint efforts both at the political and institutional level.
And while all of us are affected by the impacts of a changing climate, those in poverty are often more vulnerable to environment degradation, lack of clean water poor sanitation and access to energy. The Human Development Report 2013 shows the adverse effects of global warming and climate change on the number of people living in extreme income poverty.
Progress on MDG 7 aiming at environmental sustainability is varied. Global deforestation—mainly the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land—is slowing, but it continues at a high rate in many countries. In 2010, 89% of the world’s population, about 6.1 billion people, had access to safe drinking water, a net improvement compared to 1990. Access to latrines and hygienic waste collection has also improved but there remain 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the global people with no sanitation facilities at all. Greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change continue to increase.
Ensuring environmental sustainability is at the core of UNDP’s work worldwide. UNDP helps countries to address these challenges at the global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects. Read more on the work of UNDP to promote sustainable development.
In 2013, the festival will take place in Brussels from 31 May until 9 June 2013, with screenings, the official competition, conferences, concerts and other events organized around the festival.
The festival will bring together a programme of films from around the world. This year, over 100 films will be screened from 50 countries.
The festival is sponsored by UNDP and other UN Agencies, as well as the MDG Achievment Fund (MDGF).
For more information about the upcoming festival, with clips of films that will be screened, and for an interview with UN/UNDP in Brussels Director, Antonio Vigilante (who is a member of the jury), please visit the official website of the Millenium Film Festival.