The SDG Media Compact seeks to inspire media and entertainment companies around the world to leverage their resources and creative talent to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched by the UN Secretary-General in September 2018, the Compact currently includes more than 100 members reaching a combined audience of about 2 billion people in 160 countries across five continents. By disseminating facts, human stories and solutions, the Compact is a powerful driver for advocacy, action and accountability on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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In Focus: A+E Networks Win MIP SDG Award

SDG Media Compact Members Taking Action to Make A Difference

The second annual MIP SDG Award held during the MIPTV in Cannes, France has been presented to A+E Networks this week in recognition of the network’s ongoing support and commitment to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking during the ceremony, Melissa Fleming, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications called on others in the media and entertainment industry to help drive change for humanity.

“The television industry can play a major role in addressing some of our biggest development challenges – including vaccine access and climate action – as we all work to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. “I congratulate Paul Buccieri and the teams from A+E Networks for including the SDGs in programming and I urge others in the TV industry to also play their part in deploying broadcasting for the greater good of humanity.”

The theme of this year’s award “Reduced Inequalities” is in line with SDG Goal 10.

Lucy Smith, Director of MIPTV, said the award recognises A+E Networks’ long-standing commitment to reducing inequality, promoting diversity and inclusion and fearlessly bringing controversial and important topics to the table.

“We are delighted to honour Paul Buccieri and A+E Networks with this second MIP SDG Award. They are a leading voice in promoting equality and most importantly are committed to taking action and using their platforms to drive change.”

Paul Buccieri, President of A+E Networks reinforced the company’s commitment to promoting equality and diversity.

“We are very grateful to the United Nations and our partners at Reed MIDEM for recognising our team’s commitment to equality, justice, diversity and inclusion.  At A+E Networks, we believe that striving for equality is a never-ending and ongoing journey that we are all on together. Our company has a long-standing history of working towards positive change, and we believe firmly and passionately in using our platforms for purpose. There is more work to be done, and we are honored to continue to join with our partners to achieve these goals.”

Paul Buccieri, President of A+E Networks.

A+E Networks and Reed MIDEM, the organisers of MIPTV, are both SDG Media Compact members. Last year’s award went to Sky TV which is also an SDG Media Compact Member. The SDG Media Compact was launched by the United Nations in September 2018 and marked a new drive to advance awareness of the SDGs.

The Compact seeks to inspire news and entertainment organizations from around the world, to leverage their resources and talent to amplify and accelerate progress towards achieving the Goals.

For more information on the SDG Media Compact or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact dgccampaigns@un.org

Watch the full video of the MIP SDG Award event here.


The Broadcast Media Still Has a Major Influence on People

Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications  spoke with MIPTV 2021 Preview magazine recently about the important role of media in reducing inequalities and promoting diversity and inclusion. Read the interview below. Use the arrow icon to go to the next page.

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Secretary-General’s Opening Remarks: “COVID-19: How do we prevent the pandemic from becoming a media extinction event?”

Over the past year, it has become alarmingly evident that efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic have been undermined by a concurrent global “infodemic”. It has also become clear that public interest media have become more essential and yet more threatened than ever.

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the United Nations Department of Global Communications, in cooperation with the philanthropic organization Luminate, held a panel discussion, “COVID-19: How do we prevent the pandemic becoming a media extinction event”.

In his opening remarks, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stressed the urgency and importance of a robust, credible media. “Maintaining independent, fact-based reporting is an essential global public good, critical to building a safer, healthier, and greener future. Without urgent action by the international community, we could be left with irrevocable damage to all societies and irreparable threats to the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The panelists, discussed the roles of public interest media, technology platforms, and global institutions such as the UN, one year into the infodemic. They also talked about what actions should be taken to strengthen our responses and ensure that trusted, impartial information is accessible to all.


SDGs and Music: Agents of change in action

Music is a potent catalyst for change with the ability to transcend geographic, cultural and language barriers and move people to action. Many of history’s most effective social movements have channeled their message through their music. Now, a new report from the Center for Music Ecosystems, a global research NGO dedicated to increasing the value of music in communities, offers a model to think about the impact music can have on our world and how music can be harnessed to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs). The report called, “Your Guide to Music and the SDGs”, is an expansive, global and far-reaching guide to music and the SDGs and covers each of the 17 Global Goals, offering examples, guidance & a new framework that merges our global language – music – with the global language of sustainability.

Learn more and download the guide here.

SDG Media Compact Members

THE AMERICAS

A+E Networks, USA

Adweek, USA

Al Jazeera English – The Stream, USA

Atmos, USA

ATTN: USA

Cultura Colectiva, Mexico

Devex, USA

Discovery, USA

Global GoalsCast, USA

IDN-InDepthNews (Flagship Agency of the International Press Syndicate Group), USA

Loop News, Jamaica

Noticias Positivas, Argentina

O Diário Carioca, Brazil

Parlez Media, USA

Prensa Latina, Cuba

Sistema Sagres, Brazil

Scientific American, USA

Womenz Straight Talk, USA

Ziff Davis, USA

ASIA

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Malaysia

AICHI Television Broadcasting, Japan

Akita Broadcasting System Inc., Japan

Asahi Broadcasting Group, Japan

ASAHI Shimbun Publications Inc, Japan

Asharq News, KSA

Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development, Malaysia

bayfm, Japan

BNNRC, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication

BS Asahi, Japan

BS Fuji, Japan

BS Nippon, Japan

BSN, Japan

BSS, Japan

BuzzFeed, Japan

CBC, Japan

China Media Group

Chukai Cable Television, Japan

CHUKYO TV, Japan

CNN Philippines

Daily Tribune, Philippines

Ehime Broadcasting, Japan

Elshinta Radio, Indonesia

Eurasia Media Network, Azerbaijan

Fuji Television, Japan

FUKUOKA BROADCASTING SYSTEM CORP., Japan

Gctpnews.org, Bahrain

Green Queen Media, China

GMA Network, Philippines

HBC, Japan

HEADLINE, Japan

Hearst Fujingaho Hearst Digital, Japan

Hiroshima Home Television, Japan

Hiroshima Television, Japan

Hokuriku Broadcasting, Japan

HTB (Hokkaido TV Broadcasting), Japan

HuffPost, Japan

Ishikawa Television Broadcasting Corporation, Japan

ITV, Japan

Iwate Menkoi Television, Japan

J:COM, Japan

J-WAVE, Japan

Kansai Television, Japan

KATCH NETWORK, Japan

Kitanihon Broadcasting, Japan

KOCHI SUN SUN BROADCASTING, Japan

Kodansha, Japan

Kumamoto Kenmin Television, Japan

KUTV, Japan

Manila Bulletin

MBC, Japan

MBS, Japan

Miyazaki Nichinichi Shimbun, Japan

Miyazaki Telecasting Co., ltd., Japan

MRT, Japan

Nagasaki Broadcasting, Japan

Nagasaki International Television, Japan

Nagoya Broadcasting Network, Japan

Nankai Broadcasting, Japan

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan

NHK Enterprises, Japan

Nihonkai Television, Japan

Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Japan

Nikkei Business Publications, Japan

Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc., Japan

Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc., Japan

Nippon TV, Japan

OBC, Japan

Oita Broadcasting System, Japan

Okayama Broadcasting, Japan

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Information Agency

Phoenix TV, China

RBC, Japan

RCC, Japan

RKB, Japan

RKK, Japan

RSK, Japan

RRI, Radio Republic of Indonesia

Saga Television, Japan

SBC, Japan

SBS, Japan

Seikyo Shimbun, Japan

Setonaikai Broadcasting, Japan

Shanghai Media Group, China

Shikoku Broadcasting, Japan

Shizuoka Telecasting, Japan

TBS, Japan

tbc, Japan

Television Nagasaki, Japan

Television Osaka, Japan

Television Saitama, Japan

Television Yamanashi, Japan

The Asahi Shimbun, Japan

The Chugoku Shimbun, Japan

The Cuisine Press, Japan

The Fukushima Minpo, Japan

The Japan Times, Japan

The Jakarta Post, Indonesia

The Mainichi Newspapers, Japan

The Nikkei, Japan

The Sankei Shimbun, Japan

The Sapporo Television Broadcasting, Japan

The Shizuoka Shimbun, Japan

The Yamagata Shimbun, Japan

The Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun, Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan

TNC, Japan

Tokai Television Broadcasting, Japan

TOS, Japan

TOYAMA TELEVISION BROADCASTING, Japan

TSC (TV SETOUCHI BROADCASTING), Japan

TSK, Japan

TSS-TV, Japan

TUF, Japan

TULIP-TV, Japan

TV Asahi, Japan

TV Kanazawa, Japan

TV Shinshu Broadcasting, Japan

TV TOKYO Holdings, Japan

tys, Japan

UHB HOKKAIDO Cultural Broadcasting, Japan

Yamagata Television System, Japan

Yamaguchi Broadcasting, Japan

Yamanashi Broadcasting System Inc., Japan


SBS, Australia

Scoop News, New Zealand

AFRICA

Afrique Nouvelle Radio, Cameroon

Aim Group of Stations, Nigeria

Briefly News, South Africa

Capital Newspaper, Ethiopia

Channels TV, Nigeria

Egypt Today

El Masry Al Youm, Egypt

El Mobtada, Egypt

El Shorouk, Egypt

Future Media, Namibia

Ghana News Online

Hidden Voices Salone (Magazine), Sierra Leone

Hommes d’Afrique Magazine, Morocco

Legit.ng, Nigeria

Morocco World News,  Morocco

Ndefcam Radio, Cameroon

Sada El Balad English (SEE), Egypt

SNJT, Tunisia

Standard Group, Kenya

Switch TV, Kenya

Sudan Vision Newspaper

TEN TV, Egypt

The Nigerian Observer, Nigeria

ThisDay, Nigeria

TVC Communications, Nigeria

TUKO.co.ke, Kenya

Twyg, South Africa

Welad El Balad, Egypt

YEN.com.gh, Ghana

Youm7, Egypt

The Compact is an initiative of the United Nations, launched with the support of FleishmanHillard and the UN Foundation.

If you are a media or entertainment company interested in joining, please contact us, writing SDG MEDIA COMPACT in all caps in the subject line.

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