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  1. The Sea of Okhotsk has long been the southernmost spot in the Northern Hemisphere where polar sea ice is found. After spreading southward out of the Arctic each winter and along the eastern edge of Sakhalin Island, the ice typically arrives in Hokkaido in mid to late January. The best time to see it is the latter half of February but it stays until late March or early April. However, over the past twenty years the drift ice has been slowly diminishing. Some say this is the result of global warming. The people of Abashiri have come together to take action.

    Featuring: Gen Kimura, Chikara Iwata, Sachiko Mishima
    Producer/Director/Editor: Megumi Nishikura and Luis Patron
    Camera: Luis Patron
    Narration: Megumi Nishikura
    Color and Graphics: David Jimenez
    Music: David Jimenez
    Sound Mixer: Salmix

    Shot on location in Abashiri, Hokkaido
    Duration 6:34 minutes

    Developed and produced for United Nations University (UNU) by UNU Media Studio.

    *About the filmmakers*
    Luis Patron- Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
    Luis Patron works as an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, HD cinematographer and editor. He teams up with talented local professionals in Japan and around the world to craft factual films for cinema and television.

    Megumi Nishikura- Producer/Director/Editor
    Megumi Nishikura's life purpose is to use the power of media to enlighten and inspire individuals to make choices that build a more positive sustainable world. She has been producing documentary films addressing global issues since 2003.
    She has a BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University's Tish School of Arts (Sydney) and a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies through the Rotary World Peace Fellowship. Within UNU, her unit “Media Studio” (MS) has grounded expertise in online learning, interactive media and video production and in linking development issues with visual media and online content on social and environmental issues.

    United Nations University Media Studio
    The UNU Media Studio was established in March 2003 and works in collaboration with a global network of partners to develop and share open educational resources. Through a small team based in Tokyo, the UNU promotes innovation in the building of interactive content and video documentaries that engage, entertain and educate. The core creative team is comprised of specialists in web and graphic design, documentary and multimedia production, as well as educational technology and instructional design. In developing projects, this team collaborates with subject matter experts from within the UNU, from other UN bodies and from partner universities. The UNU Media Studio also collaborates with independent professionals in the area of documentary production, web application development, web design and instructional design. mediastudio.unu.edu

    For more information:
    Our World 2.0 ourworld.unu.edu

    To read more about this ourworld.unu.edu/en/2009/05/26/tourism-meltdown/

    A high resolution version of this video, and additional language subtitles are available. Please contact us for details:
    Media Studio
    53-70 Jingumae 5-chome Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo JAPAN 150-8925
    Ph: +813 5467 1324
    onlinelearning@unu.edu

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  2. In December 2008, the low-lying Carterets Islands were badly damaged by king tides and violent storm surges. Nicholas Hakata, a local youth leader and community representative, explains that he and his family have been surviving on mainly fish and coconuts, and battling the swamp mosquitoes that have brought malaria.

    With the local government's food aid ship coming once or twice a year, the relocation plans are equally as slow. Hungry and unwell, the islanders have set up a relocation team and have begun a series of urgent tasks to move families closer to security.

    Made in collaboration with Tulele Peisa relocation program tulelepeisa.org

    Featuring Nicholas Hakata
    Co-director/Camera/Editor: Luis Patron
    Co-director/Producer/Editor: Citt Williams
    Associate Producers: Ursula Rakmova and Tulele Peisa comittee
    Graphics: David Jimenez
    Sound Mixer: Tfer Newsome

    Shot on location in Carterets Island, Papua New Guinea
    Duration 10:09 minutes

    Developed and produced for United Nations University (UNU) by UNU Media Studio & Tulele Peisa, in association with UNU-IAS Traditional knowledge Initiative and The Christensen Fund.

    Further information for this film can be found at film’s website: ourworld.unu.edu/en/how-to-guide-for-environmental-refugees/

    United Nations University has published this work under a Creative Commons license - share alike, attribution, no derivatives, non-commercial

    *About this Project*
    Collaboratively made with Indigenous storytellers, these videobriefs are told in local languages, respect Intellectual Property rights and provide storytellers with media training, resources and a fair media engagement model for future projects. The final videos played alongside other international climate change videos at a locally coordinated forum event, in April 2009’s Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Summit and later at a special screening at the National Museum of Denmark during the Copenhagen COP15 meeting.

    *About the filmmakers*
    Luis Patron- Co-director/Camera/Editor
    Luis Patron works as an independent documentary filmmaker, producer, HD cinematographer and editor. He teams up with talented local professionals in Japan and around the world to craft factual films for cinema and television.

    Citt Williams- Co-director/Producer/Editor
    Citt is a documentary filmmaker at the UNU Media Studio with over 12 years producing experience in broadcast media. Citt’s produced documentary films have been screened at festivals including Cannes (Yellow Fella), Sundance, Mumbai, Melbourne and by broadcasters including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery and National Geographic. She has a Masters degree in documentary from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (Sydney) and a Business degree in Film and TV Production from QUT (Brisbane). Within UNU, her unit “Media Studio” (MS) has grounded expertise in online learning, interactive media and video production and in linking development issues with visual media and online content on social and environmental issues. Her role in the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative seeks to build greater understanding and facilitate awareness of traditional knowledge (TK) to inform action by Indigenous peoples, local communities and domestic and international policy makers. Key outputs include research activities, policy studies, capacity development and online learning and dissemination.

    Tulele Peisa
    Tulele Peisa — “sailing the waves on our own” — is a local community organisation that is trying to relocate their whole island community of the Carterets to nearby Bougainville, where they have cultural links. Ursula Rakmova is the managing director of the NGO. tulelepeisa.org/

    United Nations University Media Studio
    The UNU Media Studio was established in March 2003 and works in collaboration with a global network of partners to develop and share open educational resources. Through a small team based in Tokyo, the UNU promotes innovation in the building of interactive content and video documentaries that engage, entertain and educate. The core creative team is comprised of specialists in web and graphic design, documentary and multimedia production, as well as educational technology and instructional design. In developing projects, this team collaborates with subject matter experts from within the UNU, from other UN bodies and from partner universities. The UNU Media Studio also collaborates with independent professionals in the area of documentary production, web application development, web design and instructional design. mediastudio.unu.edu

    United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies - Traditional Knowledge Inititaive
    The UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative seeks to build greater understanding and facilitate awareness of traditional knowledge (TK) to inform action by indigenous peoples, local communities and domestic and international policy makers. Key outputs include research activities, policy studies, capacity development and online learning and dissemination. unutki.org

    For more information:
    Our World 2.0 ourworld.unu.edu and UNU IAS-TKI unutki.org

    A high resolution version of this video, and additional langauge subtitles are available. Please contact us for details:
    Media Studio
    53-70 Jingumae 5-chome Shibuya-ku
    Tokyo JAPAN 150-8925
    Ph: +813 5467 1324
    onlinelearning@unu.edu

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  3. Tokyo couple Shigeru Komori and Tomoko Hoshino embraced the chance to create a beautiful wedding day without leaving behind a huge environmental footprint. Both of them are passionate about the environment and so practicing their eco-philosophy on their wedding day was a true reflection of who they are and what is important to them.

    ourworld.unu.edu/en/2009/03/17/will-you-eco-marry-me/

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  4. A video message from UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister of State Mark Malloch Brown delivered to the public symposium "Reforming International Institutions" at United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, January 21, 2009.

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  5. When you talk about electric vehicles (EVs) most people tend to imagine them as something that we will drive in a distant, perhaps greener, future. In fact, EVs are already here and they are slowly becoming a part of daily life in our world.

    ourworld.unu.edu/en/2008/10/29/electric-cars-hitting-roads-around-the-globe/

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The mission of UNU is to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are a concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.

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