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UNDP’s Himalayan Meltdown wins top prize at International Film Festival

26 April 2012

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Revealed: The Himalayan Meltdown, a one-hour film by the United Nations Development Programme on glacial ice melt in the Himalayas and its repercussions in South Asia has won the Platinum Award at the 45th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival, Houston, the US.

Revealed: The Himalayan Meltdown
Image credits: UNDP/ Revealed: The Himalayan Meltdown serves a warning that shrinking glaciers can disrupt billions in Asia

Revealed: The Himalayan Meltdown, a film on shrinking glaciers in the Himalayas, has won the prestigious Platinum Award in the broadcast documentary category at the 45th Annual Worldfest International Film Festival, the oldest independent film festival in the world.

The film has been produced by UNDP and examines the impact of glacial ice melt on communities in the South Asian countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal.

The one-hour film also illustrates solutions, small and large, simple and technologically complex, for coping in a changing environment that can make the difference between survival and disappearance. 

Aired on Discovery Channel Asia last year, it was produced by UNDP and Arrowhead Films to examine the human development impact of Himalayan glacial ice melt across South Asian countries. It shows the plight of the affected countries and the ways they are adapting, adjusting and preparing for tomorrow’s inevitable changes in the Himalayan glaciers. 

"This film highlights the challenges faced by those exposed to the effects of the Himalayan glacial melt in building resilience to the impact of climate change, and the solutions they are pursuing at the local level," said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. 

Recognition to the film is especially timely in the lead up to the Rio+20 UN Conference in June.

"UNDP is honoured by the award and hopes the film will help stimulate a stronger international response to meeting the challenges of climate change and a stronger commitment to achieving sustainable development. The recognition the film is receiving is especially timely in the lead up to the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June." she added.

"We wanted to make this movie because the glacial ice melt in the Himalayas is already altering lives and could potentially affect billions of people," said UNDP Communications Advisor for Asia Pacific and Himalayan Meltdown Executive Producer, Cherie Hart, who accepted the award on behalf of UNDP. "The film shows the ingenuity and resourcefulness of communities that are struggling to survive."

As part of the week-long film festival in Houston, the WorldFest competition includes the following categories: TV Production, Documentary, Corporate & Business Films, Student & Experimental, TV Commercials, Film & Video Production, Music Videos, New Media (Interactive & Web Sites) and unproduced Screenplays.

Himalayan Meltdown won the highest award, the Platinum Prize, in the broadcast documentary category.

According to Himalayan Meltdown, developing countries are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but are less able to afford to adapt to it.  For them, the future is now - they must already adapt to the changing climate and prepare for an uncertain tomorrow.

The film offers examples of how countries and communities affected by the Himalayan glacier melt are responding to the problems.

Technological advances from leading glaciologists, and experts at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), NASA and UNDP present insights into what research and applications are in progress and what still needs to be done for countries to address the Himalayan ice melt.

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