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17-Sep-2020 00:04:09
The United Nations, Project Everyone and 72 Films today announced the upcoming release of “Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times,” a first of its kind film to be broadcast globally. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

17 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Curtis, UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, Writer and Director:
“The shape of the film is to explain what a particular important moment this is in history. It’s the fifth year and the 75th Anniversary of the UN, and during this tragic pandemic, and it shows how the pandemic intensified the urgency of the need for execute the Goals, but also have the pandemic showed the world can move fast, and how much we need in the political will to make them happen. I think it has been an immensely interesting year both before and during the pandemic in terms of public engagement, I personally cannot remember a time when there has been the intensity and public passion for change, we’ve seen the Black Lives Matter, the women’s marches around the world, and the MeToo movement, and climate marches and strikes, and there is a huge passion for change happening and the UN believes that the Goals are the blueprint for that change.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Curtis, UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate, Writer and Director:
“Now I also think it’s the right time to inspire people around the world to believe that they can be part of the change. The Goals provide a roadmap for civil society, for businesses, for investment, for politicians and for individuals. So many of you have determined to address the core problems and the Goals really can be the foundation of the actions. I always say you cannot fight for your rights unless you know what they are, and I believe it is my duty to make the Goals as famous as possible and put them into people’s hands so that each of us can be part of the solutions and that I hope this film will be part of that story.”
6.Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Because what you want to do today is to shape a better tomorrow, and investing in the SDGs and making sure that you are not using COVID as an excuse, but as a good reason for bring this frame close together to invest in technology, to invest in the transition in green economies, and to make that a story of what we are able to do with the stimulus packages.”
8.Wide shot, press briefing room

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9. Trailer, Nations United: Urgent Solutions For Urgent Times
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The United Nations, Project Everyone and 72 Films announced the upcoming release of “Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times,” a first of its kind film to be broadcast globally.

“Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times” sets out what must be done to tackle the world’s biggest issues, from COVID to poverty, inequality, gender discrimination, climate change, justice and human rights. The broadcast will also mark the UN’s 75th anniversary, as well as the 5th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Speaking to reporters via video link today (17 Sep), UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate Richard Curtis who produced the film said, “the shape of the film is to explain what a particular important moment this is in history. It’s the fifth year and the 75th Anniversary of the UN, and during this tragic pandemic, and it shows how the pandemic intensified the urgency of the need for execute the Goals, but also have the pandemic showed the world can move fast, and how much we need in the political will to make them happen.”

Curtis continued, “I think it has been an immensely interesting year both before and during the pandemic in terms of public engagement, I personally cannot remember a time when there has been the intensity and public passion for change, we’ve seen the Black Lives Matter, the women’s marches around the world, and the MeToo movement, and climate marches and strikes, and there is a huge passion for change happening and the UN believes that the Goals are the blueprint for that change.”

The film director also said, “now I also think it’s the right time to inspire people around the world to believe that they can be part of the change.”

Curtis continued, “the Goals provide a roadmap for civil society, for businesses, for investment, for politicians and for individuals. So many of you have determined to address the core problems and the Goals really can be the foundation of the actions. I always say you cannot fight for your rights unless you know what they are, and I believe it is my duty to make the Goals as famous as possible and put them into people’s hands so that each of us can be part of the solutions and that I hope this film will be part of that story.”

Also speaking to the reporters was Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. She said, “what you want to do today is to shape a better tomorrow, and investing in the SDGs and making sure that you are not using COVID as an excuse, but as a good reason for bring this frame close together to invest in technology, to invest in the transition in green economies, and to make that a story of what we are able to do with the stimulus packages.”

Amidst a global crisis, “Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times” will take audiences on a dynamic exploration of the times we live in, the multiple tipping points our planet faces, and the interventions that could transform our world over the next ten years. The film is produced by 72 Films and writer, director and UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate Richard Curtis. It features: Leading activists such as education advocate and UN Messenger of Peace, Malala Yousafzai; UN Goodwill Ambassadors Don Cheadle (UNEP) and Michelle Yeoh (UNDP); Sustainable Development Goals Advocate and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace, Forest Whitaker, and actor and women’s rights activist Thandie Newton OBE; Professor of Educational Technology, Sugata Mitra; An exclusive performance from Grammy nominated singer Burna Boy, and a new version of a previous UN performance by multi-Grammy award winning artist, Beyoncé; UN Secretary-General António Guterres and UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; Julia Roberts will host a radio broadcast and podcast version of the show, in addition.  

In the midst of a pandemic radically transforming our world, “Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times” is set apart from other stories in its focus on facts and solutions, recognizing the need for specific evidence-based action which will create real change. From debt relief, to cutting fossil fuel subsidies, to universal access to healthcare, quality education and digital financial empowerment - the broadcast will present the decisive and immediate action needed to build a better world. 

“Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times” will be broadcast on UN YouTube, as well as global broadcast channels and radio stations on 19 September - 09:00 ET / 13:00 GMT.
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