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Theme of the Year 2020

Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, 193 countries adopted a vision for the world in 2030.
The vision is ambitious: a world of peace and prosperity built on a a healthy environment. A world of improved health, access to quality education, good jobs and reduced inequalities, among other aspirations.

This 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. In cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Science Film Festival 2020 aims to explore these possibilities. Through an international selection of films on science, technology and the environment, the festival helps expand the conversation on the issues central to the SDGs, and through this conversation, helps to inspire action for the betterment of people and planet.


A crowd of people with masks during rush hour on March 18, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand

Why the SDGs matter now more than ever
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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.

Inger Andersen, UN Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

Message from Inger Andersen
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Nobody expected 2020 to turn out this way. COVID-19 has unravelled our way of life, and as slowly emerge from the pandemic, countries around the world will invest trillions of dollars to restart economies and tackle the worst recession since the Great Depression.