The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The work of UNHCR worldwide in images -
refugees forced to leave home, in war zones, in the camps and in HCR settlements to
combat violence, intolerance, persecution and segregation Music and images only.
(international cooperation; emergency programmes; refugees; discrimination)
1987, Mute, 10', VHS/NTSC
In 1950, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Resolution founding the High Commission for Refugees to assist and protect refugees who were defined as people who "owing to well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion are outside the country of their nationality and are unable ... or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country". Since 1951, UNHCR has been present in times of conflict on every continent, providing material assistance and physical protection to refugees. This video illustrates the work of UNHCR over the last four decades , stressing its message that "refugees are not a threat, they are threatened".
(international cooperation; refugees; tolerance; peace; education)
Producer: UNHCR, Geneva
1987, English, 27', VHS/NTSC
About the United Nations: Peace Keeping
Lt. Col. Dermot Earley of the UN Peace Keeping Force relates the history of UN peace
keeping and the role and work of the force worldwide from its beginnings in 1948, and
its first mission to Israel, up to 1989 and its worldwide accomplishments.
(international cooperation; emergency programmes; peace; international understanding)
Producer: UN Picsonic
1989, English, 20', VHS/NTSC
Open to a Brighter Future
The CODE (Canadian Organization for Development through Education) programme in Guyana.
Founded in 1959 to support literacy and education projects in developing countries to
foster self-sufficiency through literacy worldwide, CODE provides paper and printing
presses to produce exercise books, as well as donating books for primary and secondary
students. It works closely with its national counterpart the Guyana Book Foundation to
ensure nationwide delivery of books.
(international cooperation; literacy; developing countries; primary education; secondary education)
1990, English, 20', VHS/PAL
World Summit for Children
Film prepared by UNICEF for the 1990 World Summit for Children. One child dies every 2 seconds
in the world today, but ten times that number suffer from illness, disease and malnutrition.
More than half these deaths are caused by 5 common illnesses: dehydration, measles, whooping
cough, tetanus and pneumonia. In industrialised nations, 1 in 10 children suffer poverty and
hunger, 1 in 65 family breakdown and countless others mental and physical abuse. UNICEF notes
the importance of educating girls to improve lives of children and of the Convention on the
Rights of the Child. Political will, sustained leadership, adequate funding and international
efforts are prerequisites to meeting the needs of today's and tomorrow's children.
(children; rights of the child; international cooperation; health education; girls education; decision-making)
1990, English, 13', VHS/PAL
Before Disaster Strikes
Almost every day a disaster occurs somewhere in the world, and the continuing deterioration
of the environment means that more can be expected in the future. This video portrays natural
and manmade disasters in different parts of the world, highlighting the health emergency
facing refugees in the Horn of Africa, community preparedness against cyclones on the South
coasts of India, the impact of the Mexico earthquake on health facilities and the long-term
consequences of the chemical disaster in Bhopal.
(international cooperation; environmental education; emergency programmes; health education; refugees)
1991, English, 20', VHS/PAL
Land Ahoy !
This video, prepared on the eve of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro World Summit on Environment
and Development, highlights UNESCO's contribution to the solution of global environmental
problems. It contains clips of well-known personalities who speak about environmental
(environment; environmental education; international cooperation; women)
1992, English, 42', VHS/PAL
Rio de Janeiro - Sommet de la Terre
Du 3 au 14 juin 1992 s'est déroulé à Rio le Sommet de la Terre, relatif au développement et à
l'environnement. 120 pays étaient représentés, ainsi que de nombreuses organisations
internationales y compris l'UNESCO. Cette réunion a été marquée par l'impressionnante
présence de 10.000 journalistes de la presse et de l'audiovisuel. Le Sommet a vu se
concrétiser la signature de deux conventions, la première sur le changement climatique,
la seconde sur la biodiversité.
(international cooperation; environmental education; educational development)
1992, English,10', VHS/SECAM
Université de Quebec à Montréal: Chaire UNESCO QAM
La Chaire UNESCO-UQAM en environnement et développement durable a pour but de favoriser la
discussion dans le monde universitaire et l'inciter à un engagement dans ce domaine.
Les invités à une table ronde - Albert Jacquard, Professeur de génétique,
Jean-Pierre Lemasson, Directeur du Bureau de la coopération internationale,
UQAM, Michel Salomon, médecin et journaliste, débattent des problèmes de l'environnement
"après Rio", du savoir scientifique, de la science liée à l'écologie, ainsi que du
développement viable des écosystèmes.
(international cooperation; environmental education; educational development; universities)
Producer: Université de Montréal
1993, French, 35', VHS/PAL
From the Tree to the Dugout
Filmed in South Africa during the final meeting of the World Commission on Culture
and Development (Pretoria, September 1995), this video illustrates some of the issues
tackled by the Commission, such as cultural rights, media rights and responsibilities and
gender equity and aims to contribute to the debate stimulated by the Commission's Report
"Our Creative Diversity".
(culture; women; development; international cooperation)
1995, English, 12', VHS/PAL