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.
One of the films shown yesterday at the Millennium MDGs documentary film festival was Are you listening by Kamar Ahmad Simon.
This is the story of little Rahul and his parents, a young family living on the coast of Bangladesh, whose house and possessions were washed away in a tidal surge. Their entire village moved inland to rebuild a dyke to protect themselves from future surges. The film shows the determination and willingness of a whole community to rebuild their lives. It is a story about the most fundamental human instinct; the daily fight for survival.
Every year entire populations are displaced worldwide by disasters related to hazards such as floods, storms and earthquakes. Between 2000 and 2012, at least 90 countries were struck by disasters affecting an average of more than 100,000 people in each event. People in the least developed countries and small islands are more vulnerable to the disruptive impact of natural shocks on health, hygiene, education, nutrition and even basic shelter. "The risks are higher in poor countries and for poor people" said the UN Deputy Secretary General Mr. Jan Eliasson at the recent opening ceremony of the Fourth Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction.
Because natural hazards can reverse development gains and achievements in eliminating poverty, mitigating the risks of losses and investing in preparedness before the disaster - is critical in reaching the Millenium Development Goals. UNDP’s work in Bangladesh, one of the most exposed countries to floods and natural hazards, is an example of UNDP work on Disaster Risk reduction. For over two decades, it has helped Bangladesh shift from relief and reconstruction to risk reduction and mitigation. The results are apparent in the fewer number of lives and livelihoods destroyed by natural disasters. Today, Bangladesh is a global leader in disaster management and risk reduction.
Read more about UNDP’s work in Bangladesh here.
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.