Collective 'Baixada Never Gives Up' and RIO+ Centre launch music video 'No One Will Be Left Behind'

Photo credit: Reproduction of music video "No One Will Be Left Behind"

The open collective of musicians "Baixada Nunca Se Rende", partner in the project "Music for Sustainable Development" of UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre), launches virtually on Tuesday 12 the music video of the song "No One Will Be Left Behind".

The song is one of the seven tracks of an EP launched in May 2017 at Cine Odeon, downtown Rio de Janeiro and produced with the support of the RIO+ Centre and the civil society organization Agência do Bem. The official video will be released on Youtube channels of the global policy centre, the collective of musicians 'Baixada Nunca Se Rende', the band Rota Espiral and UN Brazil.

The song, composed by the band Rota Espiral featuring Renato Biguli (band Monobloco) and DJ Nino Leal, contemplates themes of the 2030 Agenda specially by expressing its motto of "Leaving No One Behind".

The pilot project "Music for Sustainable Development" began in June and is part of the RIO+ Centre's creative methodology to engage civil society in projects that implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (ODS) in everyday life.

Renato Aranha, lead singer of the band Rota Espiral and one of the songwriters, emphasizes the transforming power of the UN project for the region: "The idea of ​​using the potential of the Baixada region as a 'creative ground' was very welcomed by us musicians. For a long time, we had produced the engaged artform that calls for sustainability. The UN has just shown us that the sustainable development agenda has everything to do with what we have been producing here for years. This strengthens us as a cultural hub and highlights our active citizenship."

Those artists' life stories and the initiative led in partnership with RIO+ Centre was filmed by the documentarists Christian Tragni and Juliana Spinola and had turned into the documentary "#BXD - Baixada Never Gives Up", already screened in several countries, such as Kazakhstan, Georgia, China and Mozambique. The project itself aims to serve as a model in the 166 countries where UNDP operates and is being officially presented to UNDP Mozambique in November 2017 as the first portuguese-speaking country to replicate the model.