*By Karen Cirillo *
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2007 – This Sunday, 9 December, broadcasters
around the world will join together to celebrate the International
Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), an annual event launched by
UNICEF in 1991 as a way to increase the profile of children's issues in
the broadcast media. This year's theme is 'The World We Want'.
ICDB invites youths onto the television and radio airwaves to produce
and present their own programmes. In 2007, young people are being asked
to think about the world they live in – whether it is the world they
want and, if not, what can be done to change it.
"The thing I would love for the whole world is to make sure everyone is
living peacefully and has somewhere to stay," said one youth interviewed
in Zambia. Others wished for an end to HIV or for the opportunity to
finish their education. Their thoughts are featured in a short film made
by UNICEF Zambia for this year's ICDB.
Global youth speak-out
Young people in over 80 countries have been preparing for the
festivities on Sunday, when they will present their thoughts and
aspirations for the future.
National Radio of Angola, for example, has put together a special
programme containing children's stories, theatrical performances and
songs. During a special debate segment, children will share their
thoughts on their own future. In response, adults who work to protect
children's rights will talk about what they're doing to help youths today.
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