“Our Home, Our People” COP23 Virtual Reality Project Named Finalist for UN SDG Innovation Award
The World Bank COP23 Virtual Reality project, Our Home, Our People (www.ourhomeourpeople.com) has been named as a finalist in the United Nations’ SDG Action Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence in driving engagement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The project, produced in partnership with the Fijian Government and COP23 Presidency Secretariat, incorporates 360 Virtual Reality (VR) storytelling and a host of online and offline content. It was launched at COP23 in November, and has now been seen by more than 600,000 viewers globally, including by global climate change influencers Mike Bloomberg and COP23 President and Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama.
The Our Home, Our People project is a finalist in the Innovator category, celebrating innovative use of new technologies to help drive engagement in the SDGs. It was funded by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the ACP-EU Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program, and was launched in partnership with the Fiji Climate Vulnerability Assessment, which examined the economic and social impacts of climate change on Fiji over the coming decades, and provides a set of recommendations as to the most effective investments to adapt and minimize its impacts.
“When we began this project, the aim was to help decision-makers at COP23 connect, through the immersive power of VR, with the frontlines of climate change, and to challenge the pre-conception that Pacific Islanders are its ‘victims’,” said Tom Perry, Team Leader of Communications for the World Bank in the Pacific.
The winners of the SDG Awards will be presented in Bonn, Germany on 21 March.