Call for proposals for UN-Family "21st Century" News Magazine

UNESCO is launching a call for Feature Segment proposals for a series of production grants. The selected segments will be produced, incorporated into a 12-episode news magazine, “21st Century”, and distributed to broadcasters worldwide.
This project aims at putting ICT to the use of media content development on major societal and development issues such as human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination by providing developing countries with training, production and distribution opportunities in these areas.

The show consists of feature segments, most often 3 pieces per show, each an estimated six to eight minutes in length. The stories should deal with gripping human problems that have not been widely reported. The programme will feature character-driven, human interest stories that reflect some of the most important issues affecting the world, and our lives, today. Balanced thematically and geographically, each episode will reflect UN priorities for the new millennium.

Stories should be targeted to all publics and aim at increasing understanding of the development and societal issues identified as priority fields by UNESCO, namely:

  • Millennium Development Goals, particularly poverty-alleviation, basic education, gender equality and women empowerment;
  • Human Rights;
  • Peace and Tolerance;
  • Fight against discrimination, based on race, gender or other issues (e.g. HIV status);
  • Freedom of Expression; and
  • Intercultural communication and cultural diversity.

    This project falls within the framework of UNESCO’s project “Harnessing ICT for the audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries” and is in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) and the UN family.

    Submission criteria
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  • Publication Date 28-09-2006 1:00 pm
    Source Communication and Information Sector
    Publication Date 28-09-2006 1:00 pm
    Europe and North America Latin America and the Caribbean Africa Arab States Asia Pacific