News ID: 274286
Published: 0255 GMT September 16, 2020

UN enlists slew of celebrities for film on global issues

UN enlists slew of celebrities for film on global issues

The United Nations enlisted a slew of celebrities including actor Don Cheadle and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai for a film promoting actions to tackle the world’s biggest issues from the COVID-19 pandemic to poverty and inequality.

The 30-minute film entitled ‘Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times’ is set for broadcast globally, and will premiere on the UN YouTube channel on September 19 at 09:00 EDT (1300 GMT), the UN announced.

The UN said the film sets out the actions needed to build a better world as the coronavirus pandemic threatens global progress to end extreme poverty, achieve gender equality, promote human rights, tackle injustice and address climate change, AP wrote.

The film “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 10 years,” the United Nations said.

It features a performance from Grammy-nominated singers, and appearances by education campaigner and UN Messenger of Peace Yousafzai, UN goodwill ambassadors Cheadle and actress Michelle Yeoh, and UNESCO special peace envoy Forest Whitaker.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed also appear in the film. And the UN said Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts will host a radio broadcast and podcast version of the show.

‘Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times’ is produced by 72 Films production company and writer and director Richard Curtis. He is an advocate for UN global goals to combat poverty and inequality, preserve the environment and improve living conditions for all people by 2030.


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