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Brussels Information Centre partners with the 7 billion Others project

Monday, 30 September 2013, Brussels | UNRIC

UNRIC Brussels has collaborated with the Seven billion Others project to offer translations from English into seven European languages of videos seeking to show a “portrait of humanity today.” The videos have been showcased on UN international observances, with great success. 
 
Seven years ago, the United Nations Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC) in Brussels was approached by the Good Planet Foundation with a partnership idea on an extraordinary project called Six billion Others, explains Afsané Bassir-Pour, UNRIC director. 
 
Eight camera crews were dispatched to 84 countries around the planet. Over 6,000 people were interviewed in their own language and were asked the same 45 questions. Our small contribution was to put the camera crews in touch with the UN Information Centres around the world, she adds.
 
Seven years later the project, now called Seven billion Others, for obvious reasons, is a monumental visionary oeuvre connecting us all. A portrait of humanity today that shows everything that unites us, links us and differentiates us.
 
Last year we decided to be actively involved with the project by using 1 to 4 minute video clips   matching International observances. Our last video was for Peace Day (21 September).
 
We choose a number of international Observances that best match the available videos, the Seven billion Others team sends us the scripts for the short films in English and we translate them into seven other European languages to be used as sub-titles: Greek, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, French and of course the original English. The team then uploads the transcript translations as subtitles.
 
In the end, we systematically have the videos in eight of our languages. We plan to share the idea with UNICs around the European continent, explains UNRIC director.
 
The videos are in many different formats, the films relating to the MDGs for example are 20 to 30 minutes long. There are even longer formats, we used one for International Day of Happiness (20 March) in a large venue, it was a great hit.
 
We welcome all ideas and would be more than happy to expand the partnership to communicate the fears, dreams, ordeals and hopes of citizens from all over world, she concludes.