Television continues to be the single largest source of video consumption. Though screen sizes have changed, and people create, post, stream and consume content on different platforms, the number of households with television sets around the world continues to rise. The interaction between emerging and traditional forms of broadcast creates a great opportunity to raise awareness about the important issues facing our communities and our planet.
The United Nations provides a suite of multimedia products and services covering the work of the United Nations both at Headquarters and around the world, to reach audiences and support the work of the international news media.
UN Videos are produced for news and social platforms as well as for broadcast partners in the six official languages of the UN (French, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian), as well as Hindi, Kiswahili, and Portuguese.
Footage of breaking news and events in field missions and UN agencies are shared with partners in raw news packages by UNifeed, which enables news providers to cover important global issues by offering timely broadcast-quality video from throughout the UN system. Stories come from the global network of UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes, peacekeeping operations and UN Headquarters. New stories are posted on the UNifeed website as soon as they become available.
UN Video producers report from locations around the globe — from peacekeeping missions such as Mali and South Sudan throughout the UN’s vast network of operations worldwide. Highlights include an Oscar-winning short documentary on people with disabilities; a Virtual Reality film featuring young climate activists in the Pacific on the frontlines of climate crisis and the President of the General Assembly, giving a 360 degree tour of the General Assembly Hall; a story about victims of terrorism in Cameroon and Nigeria, and a video produced for Earth Day as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to protect the planet.
Why do we mark International Days?
International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. More information available here.