“2032: The Future We Want” Highlights Chinese People’s Hopes for the Future

Jun 21, 2012

A new public-service film entitled “2032: The Future We Want” has been produced and released by UNDP China, supported by the Department of Public Information of the UN Headquarters. Designed to draw on the convening power of Rio+20, the five minute film contains powerful expressions of hope and inspiration from people across China whose messages were broadcast to state leaders and a global audience during the UN summit.

The film is the creation of award winning Chinese film Director Du Jiayi and contains a special message from internationally acclaimed actress and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun. Joining Ms. Zhou in the film production were some 232 participants, with each person being asked to answer the question “what do you want the world to be like in twenty years”. From the young to the elderly, students to professionals, and from ethnic minorities from rural villagers to migrant workers in big cities, together their answers provide a poignant reminder of the role that individuals can play in shaping the world we want to live in.

Casting for the video was undertaken through a global public participation campaign called the “Future We Want”, spearheaded by the UN Department of Information and coordinated in China by UNDP. Since its launch on Sina Weibo in March, some 2.5 million social media users have joined this important dialogue about the future.

In addition, images of 100 finalists are to be included in a commemorative photo album and will be featured in an art exhibition later this year. These images, taken by Xiao Quan, a leading portrait photographer in China, together with the film, will be stored in a time capsule and kept in the United Nations Headquarters until the world comes together for what is likely to be Rio+40.