BGI helps produce video for UN Climate Summit

The Burkle Global Impact Initiative helps involve celebrities and activists in a UN video supporting climate action.

UCLA International Institute, September 23, 2014 — The Burkle Global Impact (BGI) Initiative helped produce a video in support of the UN Climate Summit, which opened in New York today. Live tweets from the summit can be followed on Twitter under the hashtag #climate2014.

The video, which emphasizes the urgent need for action on climate change, features UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a number of climate activists and entertainment stars. It was circulated on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook in the lead-up to the summit and displayed on the Times Square video screen yesterday as part of events that sought to garner support for the summit.

Among the recognized figures who appear in the video are actors Antonio Banderas, Robin Wright and Ed Norton; supermodel Giselle Bündchen; astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield; and renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.

“I’m delighted that BGI is able to support the work of this summit, which addresses a critically important issue that requires a global response,” said Kal Raustiala, professor of law and director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations, of which BGI is a part.

Among its recent activities, BGI helped produce a public service announcement for the new USAID campaign, “Let Girls Learn”; conducted research on the Millennium Development Goals for documentaries shown on the “Chance of a Lifetime” reality television show; and teamed with Film Independent to create the Film Independent Humanitarian Award, first awarded to Ted Turner in June 2014.

The mission of the UCLA Burkle Global Impact Initiative is to promote the treatment of critical international issues within the creative community in order to educate the public about international and humanitarian affairs. Accordingly, BGI works to engage the entertainment industry — across the spheres of film, television, digital, publishing, live-performance and music — more deeply and effectively with global social, humanitarian and advocacy issues. The Initiative is housed at the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA. Founded in 1979, the Burkle Center promotes research on and the study and discussion of international relations, American foreign policy and complex issues of global cooperation and conflict.