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Happy 60th birthday, UNTV
03 November 2009 / 04:50

[Dateline: New York | Author: Department of Public Information]

Nelson Mandela (centre), President of the African National Congress of South Africa (ANC), addressing correspondents at a press conference held today at UN Headquarters. He is flanked by Ibrahim Gambari (right), Chairman of the Special Committee against Apartheid, and David Dinkins, Mayor of the City of New York. | Credit: UN Photo/John Isaac (65591) On 5 November, the Department of Public Information (DPI) will host a special screening event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of United Nations TV (UNTV) at UN Headquarters.

The event will show excerpts of award-winning productions, including the short film First Steps, which won the Oscar for UNTV's predecessor, UN Films.

The screening, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., will take place in Conference Room 6 at the Secretariat and all are invited. 

Producers, editors and other members of the UNTV team will be joined by Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyo Akasaka, News and Media Division Director Ahmad Fawzi, dignitaries and other senior officials.
Over six decades UNTV has filmed events that changed the history of many parts of the world, such as the end of Apartheid in South Africa, the restoration of peace in Central America and the birth of a new country, Timor-Leste.

A national police officer in Timor-Leste participates in the independence day celebration in front of the Palácio do Governo, also attended by the senior officials of the government and the United Nations Integrated Mission in the country. | Credit: UN Photo/Martine Perret (397624) At Headquarters, UNTV covers live meetings in the Security Council and the General Assembly and press encounters and concerts.  UNTV’s work can sometimes involve over a dozen cameras shooting complex events.

New Yorkers can receive UNTV through Time Warner cable on Channel 150.  But thanks to the web, people around the world can watch UNTV coverage wherever they are.  The channel has also become interactive with a presence on YouTube which engages audiences in new ways. For instance, just two months ago, users around the globe sent their messages to world leaders through the UN channel on YouTube.

Throughout the year, regular series are produced to tell the UN story in programmes such as 21st Century and UN in Action.

UNTV’s work over 60 years has generated more than 150 prizes from the international broadcasting industry.

On 5 November, the UNTV team will have an opportunity to step back and become the story as they celebrate six decades of Sharing the World's Storie s. 

UN TV at 60!

5 November 2009, 1.15 to 2.15 p.m
Conference Room 6, Secretariat Building

People will be seated on a first come, first served basis.