The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals that were adopted unanimously by the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives at the General Assembly of the UN in September 2015. The Goals provide a blueprint for all of us, governments, businesses, civil society, and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone by 2030.
It is considered an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership to end poverty, improve health and education, reduce inequality and spur economic growth and all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Climate change is a major threat to our environment, societies and economy, endangering our well-being and prosperity. Yet a prosperous, inclusive and low-carbon world is possible and we are committed to climate action.
Cinema is considered as one of the strongest modes of communicating a particular message and films contribute as an effective medium to inculcate global warming awareness. Filmmakers will be guided through critiques and feedback not only to improve their skills but to also teach them how social-impact movies can generate lasting legacies in today's time.
In the wake of demand for public awareness and support for climate action within countries, our purpose is to engage more film industry leaders and but also the general audience on how climate change can and will affect each one of us. Through a series of learning activities, participants will be guided through local tours to help understand the importance of tackling climate change. We believe that bringing together people who are concerned about climate change in one of the most notorious and affected places – The Arctic, can facilitate climate action beyond our organization.
With our commitment to the Global Goals, we intend to:
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, where we aim to align to Target 13.3 and improve education, raise awareness and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnerships for sustainable development through target 17.16 by enhancing multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries.
The Festival works thanks to the efforts of all our partners, with contributions in coordination at municipal level in Svalbard, engagement with our social impact partners for SDG assessment to the 2030 Agenda, but also other local partners on the island to make the impact experience possible.