21 November: World Television Day
The World Television (TV) Day was observed across the world on 21 November 2017.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) and the association of television and radio sales houses 'egta' jointly produced a 30-second video clip emphasising the role of TV around the world as provider of trusted content.
This UN Video was aired by broadcasters across Europe, Asia, Canada, USA and Australia. In order to celebrate the day, the TV viewers were encouraged to use the hashtags #WeloveTV and #WorldTVDay on social networks.
The video features an Oscar awarded for a short documentary on people with disabilities; a documentary on UN peacekeeping; an urgent call for action on climate-change by UN Secretary-General Antonio; a human rights award for an act of courage in South Sudan.
Launched in 1947, UN Video is produced in the six official languages of the UN- French, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian.
The United Nations General Assembly on 17 December 1996 proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day through its resolution 51/205. The assembly recognised the increasing impact of TV on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security.
Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.