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|Young people on the air during the 2005 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting at Colombia’s Caracol Radio network.|
By Karen Cirillo
NEW YORK, USA, 8 December 2006 – Behind the scenes, in front of the cameras and on the air, youth around the world are using media to express and empower themselves. The occasion is UNICEF’s annual International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, or ICDB, to be held this year on 10 December.
ICDB was launched 15 years ago to encourage broadcasters to focus their attention on children’s rights and air programming reflecting those issues. Over the years, the initiative has expanded to involve more active youth participation. Now broadcasters around the world work with children and adolescents to create programming by children, for children.
This year their focus is the 2006 ICDB theme, UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS – the rallying cry of the global campaign on HIV/AIDS and young people.
Youth programming worldwide
To mark ICDB, broadcasters create special dramas, present children’s talk shows and organize day-long youth events. Here are some highlights of 2006 ICDB programming:
These and hundreds of broadcasters around the world have joined UNICEF in its appeal to ‘Tune in to Kids’ for ICDB. On 10 December, the world will be listening and watching.
International Children’s Day of Broadcasting
2010 ICDB Awards celebrate child rights
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