5 videos on the Sustainable Development Goals worth a view (and a very useful TED talk)

Already, there are hundreds of videos available on the Sustainable Development Goals. Here, Colm Regan presents his top 5.

1. Leave No One Behind

For us, the best place to begin.  A powerful introduction outlining the issues at stake with striking images and quotes (‘because on earth, everyone has a mission’) and a very different non-westernised approach.  Made by a large consortium of NGOs worldwide.

2. We the people

A promotional video presenting an excellent summary in an immediately accessible and stimulating manner; presents a highly ‘internationalised’ perspective (and you might even recognise some of the people featured).  A very good place to start.  Made for the UN Global Goals platform (their site contains many more quality videos).

3. No Point in Going Halfway

Made in association with Global Citizen, explores earth as our home and that we can be the first generation to end extreme poverty.  Again, accessible, excellent and likely to stimulate discussion and debate.

4. Hurdles

Hurdles – a video focused on the rights and women and the obstacles faced by them historically and today.  Should be sufficient to initiate a debate on this pivotal element of the SDGs agenda.

5. Action towards 2030

A solid 5-minute animation video introducing the SDGs, the progress made so far within the MDG framework and the journey left to travel.  Takes the debate beyond the promotional level and offers a critical perspective on what needs to get priority now.  Made by British NGO CAFOD.

What does it mean to be a global citizen?

One of a series of TED talks on SDG related issues and a good place to start.  It outlines the origins of Global Citizen (the talk is What does it mean to be a citizen of the world by Hugh Evans) and tells a compelling story that most of us will recognise.  Part of the playlist ‘The Pursuit of Justice’ on TED.  It’s Australian by the way!

  • Update: this post originally featured a video by Global Citizens on ‘Home’, which has subsequently been removed from YouTube.

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