Global initiative helps foster better understanding of our common humanity, says UNDP Chief

16 Nov 2011

On November 11, 2011, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark participated in “One day on Earth,” a global media event aimed at capturing a unique video snapshot of a single 24-hour period on earth.

In New York, where UNDP has its headquarters, Helen Clark visited a non-profit bakery project in the Harlem neighbourhood. The project helps immigrant women learn English and acquire the skills necessary to launch a food business. It is also an incubator for food business start-ups. “This kind of visionary initiative can work well in developed and developing countries” said UNDP Chief.

“UNDP has programmes in almost every developing country, working to empower lives and build resilient nations. The filming our people are doing today captures the full diversity of our work in so many different contexts,” she added.

UNDP was partnering with “One Day on Earth” for the second time, to help the project reach participants in countries with low bandwidth, making it a truly global initiative. Footage has been shot in 120 countries — up from over 90 last year — where UNDP has projects and activities.