UN Millennium Development Goals : Short movies

Poor hands“It’s a tragic mix-up when the United States spends $500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only $53 annually on the victims of poverty.”



We’re only 5 years away from the eight UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as outlined below.  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 to boost progress towards the MDG to be achieved by 2015.


We wanted to highlight some thought-provoking short movies that have been produced in support of the UN MDGs. Here’s one on Poverty and Hunger called, “Tiya’s Dream” by Abderrahmane Sissako an award-winning film director and producer who works often in Mali and France, on the themes of globalisation, exile and displacement of people. [Wikipedia]

Check out other short movies by shorts from Gus Van Sant, Mira Nair, Jane Campion and five other award-winning directors supporting the UN’s Millennium Goals on ”No Time Left” YouTube Channel
Watch this official UN MDG video to learn about how many people in this world are needlessly suffering:

According to the then Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, the UNs role for the next millenium will be crucial; making it a focal point for joint efforts in a world that presents worrisome statistics that endanger the perpetuation of generations to come.

• 1.2 billion people live with less than US$1.00 per day.
• 800 million people are malnourished.
• 153 million children are below their ideal weight.

• 115 million children are not enrolled in school.
• 97% of these children are in developing countries.

• 64% of the worlds illiterate population are women.
• 80% of the worlds refugee population are women.
• 60% of children not enrolled in primary school are women.

• Every year 10 million children die of preventable diseases.
• 30 thousand deaths per day.

• Anually, 500 thousand women die when giving birth or during their pregnancy.
• In Africas Sub-Saharan region 1 in 16 women die in these conditions.
• In countries of the OCDE this same proportion is of only 1 in every 2800 women.

• In the year 2000, 22 million people had died of AIDS.
• 13 million children lost their parents to the HIV virus.
• 40 million people live with the virus.
• Anually, 300 million cases of malaria are detected.
• Anually 60 million people are infected by tuberculosis.

• In the year 2000 1 billion people in developing countries didnt have access to drinkable water.
• 2.4 billion people didn’t have access to sanitary services.
• 14% of the world’s population (in the developed world) produces 44% of the yearly CO2 total.

• US$ 100 billion are necessary for achieving the MDGs.
• 0.5 of the GDP of developed countries is necessary for raising that amount.


Our generation has the unique opportunity to end global poverty. We have the technology. We have the resources. What we desperately need is the will.


Further links:

Guardian UK: How Fair Trade can help tackle poverty and bring peace to conflict zones

Next Billion: How Access to Information can tackle poverty and pollution

Wiser Earth: Can Organic Farming feed the world?

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