United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

28 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 164


         [without reference to a Main Committee (A/51/L.60 and Add.1)]

         51/205.  Proclamation of 21 November as World Television Day

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 13 (I) of 13 February 1946, in which it
stated, inter alia, that the United Nations cannot achieve its
purposes unless the peoples of the world are fully informed of its
aims and activities,

      Recalling also its resolutions concerning information in service
of humanity and United Nations public information policies and

      Reaffirming its commitment to the principles of the Charter of
the United Nations and to the principles of freedom of information, as
well as to those of the independence, pluralism and diversity of the

      Underlining that communications have become one of today's
central international issues, not only for their relevance for the
world economy, but also for their implications for social and cultural

      Recognizing the increasing impact that television has on
decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats
to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus
on other major issues, including economic and social issues,

      Underlining that the United Nations faces ever-increasing demands
to address the major issues facing humankind and that television, as
one of today's most powerful communications media, could play a role
in presenting these issues to the world,

      Noting with satisfaction the holding at Headquarters, on 21 and
22 November 1996, of the first World Television Forum, where leading
media figures met under the auspices of the United Nations to discuss
the growing significance of television in today's changing world and
to consider how they might enhance their mutual cooperation,

      1.    Decides to proclaim 21 November World Television Day,
commemorating the date on which the first World Television Forum was

      2.    Invites all Member States to observe World Television Day by
encouraging global exchanges of television programmes focusing, among
other things, on such issues as peace, security, economic and social
development and the enhancement of cultural exchange;

      3.    Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present
resolution to the attention of all Governments and appropriate
non-governmental organizations.

                                                          88th plenary meeting
                                                              17 December 1996

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