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OVERVIEW OF THE UN AND UNA
The UN Working for Us All – United Nations, 2004
An overview of the various areas of work of the UN including relief, peacekeeping, human rights, development, education, health, and security. Narrated by Michael Douglas. with The UN Security Council: Keeping the Peace- UN, 2004, An overview of the history, present, and future of the Security Council & its crucial place in the UN.
UN-UNA: Partners for a Better World- UNA, 2002.
Traces the development of the UN and the United Nations Association from 1945 to the important work being done today by both.
For Everyone Everywhere: The Making of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights- UN, 1998.
Outlines the drafting and passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the early days of the UN, as well present day instances concerning human rights.
A Place to Stand, UN, 1995.
Discusses the importance of the UN as a voice for all the peoples of the world, as well as crucial UN involvement in areas we don’t often realize, including telecommunication standards, air and sea craft regulations, and weather service. with UN in Action #968-972, UN, 2005. A compilation of short pieces on UN work including AIDS in Mozambique, UNICEF in Colombia, UNODC Brazil, ILO and forced labor, and gender violence in Burundi.
Peace Makes the World a Better Place, UNA Westchester, 2005.
A film documenting UNA-USA West-chester’s work on an art contest in Yonkers’ schools and interviews with children on the subject of peace. with Children’s Rights Cartoons, UNICEF, 2004. Ten Cartoons illustrate Children’s Rights.
Education for All: Bangladesh, World Bank Institute & UN Film Festival.
Discusses successful campaigns and programs in Bangladesh to combat a large population and widespread poverty and provide education for both boys and girls.
Education for All: The Ugandan Experience, WBI & UN Film Festival, 2004.
Documents Uganda’s efforts since 1979 to provide education for all and one teacher’s efforts to convince families to send their children to school.
I Want to Go to School, UNICEF, 2002. Three girls from three different countries struggle to get an education when tradition and poverty often outweigh girls’ education.
HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Knowledge and the Environment, World Bank Institute.
Illustrates the importance of knowledge, people and communities in protecting the environment.
A World of Biodiversity, Food & Agricultural Organization.
The importance of biodiversity and resource preservation in Ethiopia, Cambodia, Lake Tchad, and Peru.
Water Drop of Life, UN.
Discusses the importance of clean water, the scarcity of this valuable resource, and the problems than can occur if it is not conserved. with A Message from Secretary General Kofi Annan, UN. A brief speech from the S-G on the International Decade for Water. and “Splish-Splash”, UN. A video on the importance of water conservation directed at children.
A School on the Lake, FAO.
Teaching children the importance of environmental preservation in “Floating Schools”. with Seeds of Diversity, FAO. The diversification of seeds in Ethiopia for maximizing farming without harm to the environment.
The Broken Flight, UN.
Explores the compatibility between economic and ecological concerns in Senegal, Venezuela, and others.
Blue Algae of the Desert, FAO.
Nutrition and health from the natural environment in Tchad. with Nomads of the Island – The needs of nomads lead them to islands for resources.
Fish and Rice
The dangers of over-fishing and the importance of environmental protection.
No Place to Run, World Bank Institute, UN Film Festival.
Reveals the global connection between environmental changes and global epidemics.
POVERTY AND DEVELOPMENT
Hear Our Voices, World Bank Institute, UN Film Festival.
Examines the complex problem of poverty from the viewpoint of poor people and the ways they work and organize to gain a voice of their own.
Toil and Trouble, UN, 1995.
Focuses on disadvantaged groups in several societies, their experiences and views, and what can be done to reduce poverty.
They Call Me Dog- UNICEF, 1995.
Documents the dangerous and exhausting tasks taken on by children in order to survive
Mauritius: Island of Ingenuity, World Bank Institute, 1998.
An overview of the steps taken by the island of Mauritius to become an important player in world trade and to stimulate economic development.
Peru: Road to Recovery, World Bank Institute, 1998.
Chronicles Peru’s economic growth and increased stability since problems with terrorism, overcrowding, and inflation in the 1970s.
WAR AND PEACE
3551: Demobilization of Child Soldiers in Southern Sudan, UNICEF, 2001.
Follows the work of the UN in the demobilization of 3551 child soldiers and process of reuniting the children with families or villages.
Our Bodies…Their Battleground, UN Film Festival & IRIN News.
Reveals the gender based violence and rape facing women and girls during times of conflict.
Situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia
In particular. with UN in Action #973 & 974, UN, 2005.
Two short pieces on the work of the UN worldwide.
Secrets in the Sand, UN, 1997.
UN inspectors tackle the problem of biological weapons, one of the more difficult to detect and eliminate forms of warfare, yet one of the easiest to create.
Small Targets, UNICEF, 1997. Exposes the issue of landmines left behind from conflict and international efforts to de-mine and provide prosthetic limbs for injured children.
GENDER AND AGEING
Defying the Odds, UN, 1995.
Follows the lives of four women for the Beijing Women’s Conference who are adopting new roles in society, including a lawyer in Pakistan, a factory worker who forms a worker’s union in Guatemala, a Latvian theater director juggling family and work, and an immigrant to Canada who wins a local election.
Portraits of Age, UN, 1994.
Discusses the important role of the elderly in their respective societies and the problems they face as the fastest growing segment of the population.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks at the Power and Superpower Conference, June 6, 2006.
Building a world fit for children (UNICEF)
UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown speaks at the Power and Superpower Conference, June 6, 2006. Also: The First Mile, on access to markets in Tanzania and how technology can help.
Former UN Assistant Secretary-General Gillian Sorensen speaks at UNA’s April 5 event.
UN Year in Review:
2005; UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report
2006; UN Development Program, Human Development Report
THE UN MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGS) -- INTRODUCTION
The MDGs: Dream or Reality?
MDGs: – Albania: Roadmap to 2015.
Too Brief a Child: Voices of Married Adolescents
MDG Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
The program looks at two projects that are helping Indian communities move out of poverty. Feeding Schoolchildren in Rwanda.
The program asks what is being done to address the fundamental needs of the Yemeni people, and achievements since the unification in 1990 to raise the quality of their lives.
MillenniumVillage in Malawi
Central African Republic: Silent Crisis.
The country is on the verge of complete collapse. It is one of the least developed countries in the world and one of the poorest. 13 per cent of children die in infancy and only a third of the population has access to safe drinking water.
The Angle of Hunger.
The documentary features FAO’s field work in the Peruvian Andes and the Ethiopian Highlands and explores why a disproportionate number of mountain dwellers experience periods of hunger and food insecurity.
MDG Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
Achieve Universal Primary Education.
Two approaches to improving the lives of poor people -- one through education, as in the Shilmundi project in Bangladesh, the other through “community-driven development" in Indonesia.
Colombia - Medellin Girls; and Nepal - Welcome to School.
Education for children, especially girls, in Turkey.
10 Ways to change the world with children.
MDG Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
An IFAD-supported project in Mexico helps a women’s group set up a sheep farm.
Agents of change 2005:
The 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference and progress until now
Fighting Poverty with Roses in Rwanda.
Women on the Run.
The famous Kenyan marathon runner Tegla Loroupe starts a peace race to help end armed conflicts in her poverty-stricken home area. The Kenyan politician Linah Kilimo, who herself ran from the knife, strives for the goal of putting an end to female genital mutilation.
MDG Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health
Fight for Life: Making Pregnancy Safer.
This episode describes the attempt to improve maternal health in Moldova.
Fight for Life: Making Pregnancy Safer.
This episode describes the attempt to improve maternal health in Bolivia.
MDG Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
Malaria, Killer Number One.
Africa’s Malaria Crisis. Ethiopia is among the places hardest hit by the disease. New cures, preventive action and massive intervention by the international community bring a glimmer of hope.
Fistula Advocacy Video.
UNFPA brings awareness to this childbirth problem.
Research Capacity and Self-reliance in Developing Countries.
The video explores needs and solutions to public health problems caused by neglected infectious diseases.
The Road Towards Universal Access.
Reaching the MDG on HIV/AIDS requires far greater access to prevention, treatment, care and support than is currently available.
AIDS: For a Social Vaccine (ILO).
MDG Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Stability
Global Focus: The New Environmentalists.
Features intimate portraits of seven dedicated individuals who have put themselves between government powers, corporate interests and other rivals on behalf of the Earth's well-being. Each compelling story takes place on a different continent.
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Weather, Climate, Water in the Information Age
About the World Meteorological Organization
The other side of Paradise.
About the December 2004 Tsunami and its impact; Grenada hurricane and impact; Sea Turtles in Barbados; Environmental Changes and impacts on islands.
The video highlights FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries
The First Mile.
This IFAD video looks an innovative two-year pilot project underway in Tanzania.
Inner Mongolia leads China in Wind Power Generation.
MDG Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
This film gives a glimpse of what microfinance means for millions throughout Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East, through the Grameen Foundation.
World Community Grid:
IBM works with many partners to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity.
ITU backs ICTs to Aid Development.
The International Telecommunications Union and information communications technology.
The EU and the UN: The Natural Partnership.
Talks about the partnerships and achievements of the European Commission with the United Nations.
Improvements in Global Health in Africa, the Americas and Asia which result from partnerships.
Peace & Security
In the Wake of War After.
10 years of civil war, Burundians are ready for lasting peace This documentary follows the stories of three people who are attempting to rebuild their lives.
Grass Roots Justice in Rwanda.
Kbiit (Courage) EastTimorNationBuilding:
Documentary on peacekeeping and peace-building in Timor-Leste, highlighting the partnership between the United Nations system and the Timorese to build the first nation of the millennium. Season 02 /Spring Semester /Week 05 /Episode 51
Between 2 Stones: Nepal’s Decade of Conflict.
Since the 1996 beginning of Nepal’s civil war, more than 12,000 people have lost their lives as the ruling monarchy battles with Maoist rebels. The civilian population is trapped in the middle.
Extra-Judicial Killings in Colombia.
A 40-year armed conflict has claimed the lives of many indigenous people. Complaints from residents to the Human Rights Office will help to convict those responsible for these crimes and bring justice to the victims and their families.
2006 State of the UN
The first half of this episode reviews United Nations progress, successes as well as issues that were addressed in 2006. The second half focuses on four different stories: (a) highlighting issues Bahraini women face in seeking political positions; (b) China Population Report 2007, with a focus on urbanization; (c) how the impact of global warming in polar regions affects the rest of the world; and (d) how the Alliance of Civilizations came about and its goals and strategies for reducing tensions among different societies.
Public-Private Alliance Foundation and the Dominican Republic including Millennium Development Goals.
Global Connections host Bill Miller speaks with the Executive Director of the Public-Private Alliance Foundation, Dr. David Stillman and Ambassador Francis Lorenzo from the Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations about the United Nation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), highlighting the examples of progress made in the Dominican Republic. Ambassador Lorenzo and Dr. Stillman speak to the importance of cooperation between the UN and host countries. Stillman speaks on the work of the Public-Private Alliance in encouraging partnerships for development and its focus countries of Madagascar and the Dominican Republic.
UN’s Role in dealing with Avian Influenza
In an interview with Global Connections host Bill Miller, Dr. David Nabarro, the UN System Senior Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza addresses issues surrounding the possibility of an avian influenza outbreak both in a local and global contexts, and the relationships with human influenza. Dr. Nabarro speaks about the potential for an outbreak to occur, and what sort of precautionary plans the UN has for dealing with such an occurrence, such as with issues of livestock and animal rearing. He also talks about how the UN plans to get control of the situation if an outbreak were to transpire.
UNA-USA, Model UN and Global Classrooms
Dr. Lucia Rodriguez, the Vice President for Education at the United Nations Association – USA, and Elizabeth Scarinci, intern at UNA – USA speak with Global Connections host Bill Miller about the Model UN and Global Classroom program from an organizational and a student perspective. Dr. Rodriguez discusses the Model UN program and how it helps students become more aware of world issues and become global citizens. Ms. Scarinci speaks about what it is like to participate in such a program, what she has learned, and how it has helped give her a clear focus for her college and career goals.
Sport for Development and Peace
Global Connections host Bill Miller interviews Dr. Djibril Diallo, the Director of the United Nations New York Office of Sport for Development and Peace about this unique approach the UN is taking to help combat issues of illiteracy, poverty and hunger. Dr. Diallo comments on the role sports have in development and how communities can use sports and physical education to help further their economic development and to tackle issues of gender inequality. In addition, Dr. Diallo speaks about how important partnerships between the UN, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector are to the success of this innovative approach to development.
UN Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP)
(now the UN Office for Partnerships) Amir Dossal, the Executive Director of the UN Fund for International Partnerships speaks with Global Connections host Bill Miller about his work in promoting partnerships in development work between the public and private sector. Mr. Dossal stresses the importance of these relationships and how it positively benefits countries as well as how collaboration between groups focuses attention on dealing with issues affecting US citizens and others around the world.
UNICEFState of the World’s Children
This episode profiles the UNICEF Report on the State of the World’s Children in ten different countries; Iran, Romania, Chad, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Brazil, USA, Djibouti and Madagascar. It gives viewers snapshots from each country into how the health of children is inextricably linked to that of their mothers and others in the community, thereby showing how important it is to consider these issues in development.
What does the UN Deputy Secretary-General Do?
An interview with Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. Dr. Migiro talks about her role as Deputy S-G, in relation to the UN Millennium Development goals, management issues within the UN, climate change, and other timely topics.
The Founding of the United Nations
Professor Stephen Schlesinger, author, Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations
Informing the Public about the United Nations
Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General, UN Department of Public Information. See: http://www.un.org/news/
Children and Armed Conflict
Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. http://www.un.org/children/conflict/english/index.html
Feeding the Hungry in Crisis – the World Food Program
Bettina Luescher, North American Spokesperson for the UN World Food Program http://www.wfp.org/english/
The UN Democracy Fund\
Roland Rich, Executive Head, UN Democracy Fund. See http://www.un.org/democracyfund/XWhatIsUNDEF.htm
The UN Global Compact
Georg Kell, Executive Director, the UN Global Compact. See http://www.unglobalcompact.org/
The United Nations and Disarmament Affairs
Ambassador Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. http://disarmament.un.org/
Dealing with Climate Change and Counter-Terrorism
Dr. Robert C. Orr, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General
For information about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, see: http://unfccc.int/
For information about the UN and Counter-Terrorism, see: http://www.un.org/terrorism/
The World Federation of UN Associations Pera Wells
Secretary-General of WFUNA, speaks with host Bill Miller about the work of the Federation, which has over 100 members.
For information: www.wfuna.org
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