The UN Development Programme – in collaboration with the Governments of Norway, France and Peru and with guidance from indigenous peoples groups from every continent – was working to enhance the visibility and engagement of indigenous peoples at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (UNFCCC COP21).

The Equator Initiative, a United Nations-led partnership that brings together governments, the private sector, civil society, and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities has at its heart the prestigious Equator Prize, which has been awarded to 187 local and indigenous communities in over 70 countries since 2002. The Equator Prize award ceremony shines a spotlight on the achievements of local communities and brings their inspiring stories to an international stage.

The 2015 Prize giving ceremony had a thematic focus on community-based leadership on the following topics: advocacy for environmental justice; securing indigenous rights to lands, territories and natural resources; advocacy for free, prior and informed consent (FPIC); the protection, restoration and sustainable management of forests; sustainable agriculture and food security; and community-based adaptation to climate change.

In addition to award presentations, government and private sector commitments, and high-profile celebrity appearances and musical performances, the event screened short films on these themes, featuring the stories of Equator Prize winners.


Watch all the videos here!

Each of the 20 winning communities was filmed in order to help raise the profile of their work and that of indigenous peoples in safeguarding biodiversity and tackling climate change.

AFP-Services worked with UNDP’s Geneva office to create and provide hours of video footage from diverse locations around the world that UNDP then edited into:

  • 20 five-minute videos for broadcast either as short ‘standalone’ features or to be compiled into longer documentary pieces depending on broadcast interest. This footage was also prepared for AFPTV distribution to clients. Each local crew shot between 3-5 hours of content.
  • 6 five-minute videos using footage from each of the original 20 videos, to be used as a series of ceremony inserts at the awards ceremony in Paris.
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