Film screening and debate

Wednesday 05 June 2019, 18:30 - 21:00

Anote's Ark


With UN Environment and the Geneva Environment Network

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The idyllic Pacific nation of Kiribati will be submerged within decades due to climate change. As President Anote Tong passionately embarks upon a race against time to save his people and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture, islanders are already feeling the pressure to relocate. Sermary, a young mother of six, must decide whether to use a sought-after lottery visa and leave her children behind to build a future for her family overseas. Set against the backdrop of international climate negotiations and the fight to recognise climate displacement as an urgent human rights issue, Anote’s Ark presents personal stories that serve as cautionary tales for the entire world.

The film (2018, 77 minutes, in English) will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Jacqueline Coté, Public Relations Director, the Graduate Institute, Geneva (moderator)
  • Dina Ionesco, Head of Environmental Migration and Climate Change Division, International Organisation for Migration
  • Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations office and other international organizations in Geneva
  • Atle Solberg, Head of the Coordination Unit, Platform on Disaster Displacement

The screening is organised on the occasion of World Environment Day in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Geneva Environment Network.

Entry is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.