World Television Day – 21 November 2020

World Television Day – 21 November 2020

Television continues to be the single largest source of video consumption. Though screen sizes have changed, and people create, post, stream and consume content on different platforms, the number of households with television sets around the world continues to rise. The interaction between emerging and traditional forms of broadcast creates a great opportunity to raise awareness about the important issues facing our communities and our planet.

The United Nations provides a suite of multimedia products and services covering the work of the United Nations both at Headquarters and around the world, to reach audiences and support the work of the international news media.

UN Videos are produced for news and social platforms as well as for broadcast partners in the six official languages of the UN (French, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian), as well as Hindi, Kiswahili, and Portuguese. 

In December 1996 the United Nations proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was held in 1996.

World television day is run every year.

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Opposition to this declaration took the form of 11 abstentions to a vote on the resolution; in expressing their opposition, the delegation from Germany said:

There are already three United Nations days encompassing similar subjects: World Press Freedom DayWorld Telecommunication and Information Society Day; and World Development Information Day. To add another day does not make much sense… Television is only one means of information and an information medium to which a considerable majority of the world population has no access… That vast majority could easily look at World Television Day as a rich man’s day. They do not have access to television. There are more important information media and here I would mention radio in particular. We think it is more important to enhance the role of those media than that of television.

The first World Television Forum was staged by the United Nations in the mid ’90s, and it was out of this event that World Television Day was born. The forum brought together leading figures from the media industry to analyze the growing impact that TV had on decision-making and public opinion when it comes to issues of peace and security around the planet.

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