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Goethe-Institut

Theme of the Year 2021

Health and Wellbeing

2020 was looking to be a milestone for international cooperation, with major global conferences on biodiversity, climate change, gender equality and more. A year of inspiring ambition and action took a sharp detour with the COVID-19 pandemic. Finding the path forward from here may be even more challenging than before. The vision, outlined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is our shared blueprint for a better, sustainable future. To achieve that future, we must look at the world today, understand the possibilities for change and take action to make that change happen. Inevitably, the pandemic severely affects in particular SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

The world is facing a global health crisis unlike any other - COVID-19 has destabilized the global economy and upended the lives of billions of people around the globe. In the context and aftermath of the pandemic, health and mental well-being are more important than ever. Many children and youths in particular may be struggling, they may be worried about maintaining their own wellbeing or want to better equip themselves to help loved ones. That is why bringing these issues out into the open especially at this time is so important and why the Science Film Festival turns its focus on the science of health and wellbeing in 2021 with a selection of international films on these topics.