In 2000, countries of the world pledged to pursue the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - an international blueprint for human development, with a set of time-bound, measurable targets. Its ambitious timeframe: by or before 2015.
Five years on, Asia and the Pacific has a mixed bag of results. A Future Within Reach is a short video film that looks at how this region characterized by much diversity and disparity, is trying to create better living conditions, livelihoods and choices for its people.
Home to more than half of humanity, Asia-Pacific's performance is crucial for winning global battles against poverty, HIV/AIDS and other threats to human survival. With less than a decade to go, what is needed for a major leap forward?
The film draws findings from the second regional MDG report, a tripartite initiative of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Produced by TVE Asia Pacific (TVEAP) for UNESCAP, this 10-minute film is available on DVD, in 7 languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chinese, English, Hindi, Russian and Urdu), for free distribution.
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