UN launches online TV channel to cover global policymaking
Michelle Clancy | 13-09-2012
The United Nations has partnered with Streamworks to launch United Nations Television to a broader audience, providing coverage of the proceedings taking place at the NY headquarters. That includes the opening of the 67th session of the General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, 18 September.
Content will include live coverage of the Security Council, the General Assembly, press conferences, special events and short-form documentaries produced by the in-house teams at the United Nations.
UNTV content is currently available on the United Nations webcast portal, but the Streamworks deal will enable content to be viewed on any connected device worldwide.
"This partnership with Streamworks will enable us increase the transparency of what is going on at the United Nations," said Stephane Dujarric, director of news and the media division at the United Nations Department of Public Information. "Transparency is critical to the legitimacy and credibility of the organisation. Streamworks will enable to reach new audiences, especially those viewing content on the Web and mobile platforms."
The U.N. is building out dedicated fibre lines at the United Nations Secretariat to hook into Streamworks' global infrastructure.
"Live breaking news is a core focus of our business, and we're extremely proud to be working with the U.N., and partnering with the most influential body in the world, in terms of governmental opinion," said Ray Mia, CEO at Streamworks. "We know we can provide the best streaming service to UNTV, growing their audience worldwide."