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Dear biodiversity colleagues,
This note shares news of an inspiring short film about children’s rights and the Sustainable Development Goals, including many, such as Goal 14 – Life Below Water and Goal 15 – Life on Land, which focus on biodiversity.
The film has been made by the Voices of Future Generations initiative, under the patronage of UNESCO, a child-led movement which supports action, under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to achieve the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
One of the most amazing events at CoP13 in Cancun, México this December was the first worldwide screening of this new short film, to the global biodiversity community, during Biodiversity Law and Governance Day 2016. The piece features Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, alongside Goodwill Ambassadors, Child Authors, UN Child Ambassadors of the SDGs and others who are part of the Voices of Future Generations network. It is truly inspirational, building on very exciting movement. The film, just 5 mins, can be viewed here: http://www.vofg.org/about-us.
We hope you find it as motivating and encouraging as we do. Please, if your networks might be interested in a little inspiration for future generations, could you take a moment to share the link to the film on websites, Facebook pages, Twitter and any other social media channels you use? A short paragraph to accompany the film is posted below.
“This inspiring short film, led by Child Authors from Voices of Future Generations initiative, under the special patronage of UNESCO, shows how children can help everyone to deliver on the promise of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Sustainable Development Goals. The film features Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, alongside Goodwill Ambassadors, Child Authors, UN Child Ambassadors of the SDGs and partners, explaining how children are raising awareness and action for biodiversity and the SDGs. For a brief and happy moment on international children’s leadership for solutions to the world’s challenges, click here: http://www.vofg.org/about-us.”
We would like to extend special gratitude to Prof John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment, Ms Amy Fraenkel and others from the Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat, as well as the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the EC, Mexico, Costa Rica, Kenya, Brasil, Canada and the whole Biodiversity Law and Governance Initiative at the CoP13 in Cancun for hosting the launch of the children’s film for the global biodiversity community, and for being so kind and welcoming to the Child Authors and Child Ambassadors who were in Cancun including Jona David and Nico Roman from Canada/UK/Germany/Switzerland, Allison Lievano-Gomez from Mexico, and Ying-Xuan from Taiwan.
As this movement grows, with children’s messages about the future of the Earth gaining momentum, we would love to be able to engage more children from around the world. Please get in touch if you feel you could support the project: through helping the kids to share their messages; through providing donations to support the engagement of more children; by sharing a link to and the short blurb about the film on your media channels, and to share materials with schools in an awareness raising and educational campaigns. We are specially seeking Goodwill Ambassadors for Africa and the Middle East regions; philanthropic individuals who care deeply about children’s rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and education. Can you help grow this movement, towards a better future for future generations?
Please contact Ruth Hanson, Global Programme Coordinator for Voices of Future Generations at [email protected].
We look forward to hearing from you!