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    Children and Media - A global concern (by Mike Jempson)

    Contribution to Child Rights and the Media: Asia Regional Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 24-25 June 2003, as part of the Campaign against Sexual Exploitation of Children in Tourism (SECT) supported by the International Federation of Journalists & the European Commission.
    Read the Briefing Paper as pdf-file.

    AGORA 2003 opens doors in Bologna

    AGORA, the Mediterranean Summit on Childrens' Media - organised by Raisat in collaboration with RAI, the European Children's Television Centre and the Bologna City Council - opened on June 20th in Bologna.
    200 delegates from 36 nations will debate various issues including TV content for children and the latest audiovisual market trends in Europe, the Mediterranean and the world.
    For more info, go to the AGORA website.

    Leave No Child Out campaign (see below)
    Open Letter to governments
    Read the Open letter in pdf-format

    International Essay Contest for Young People (2003)

    The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World." Not only should every child benefit from this global movement, but they should be encouraged to play a leading role in the creation of a culture of peace. The theme of this year's International Essay Contest is "My Vision for the Future." Young people from around the world are invited to submit their creative ideas on this theme.
    For more info, go to the Goi Peace Foundation website.

    Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2003

    Outside the Frame: Photographs by Children
    There is an innate honesty in children about the environments in which they live, even when they are some of the most difficult situations imaginable. Give a child a camera and a little bit of guidance and some of the most remarkable and articulate images can be produced - by the children of abused prostitutes in Sonagachi, India; by orphans of the Rwandan genocide in Gisenyi, some without a last name; by children raised in and around garbage dumps in Guatemala City. FULL STORY

    Reporting on Water Issues

    The Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, a multi-stakeholder organization based in Geneva (CH), is holding a competition for journalists from developing countries who investigate issues relating to sanitation, hygiene and water problems in their countries, in collaboration with the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ).
    The winner will receive US$500 plus an all-expenses paid trip to Dakar, Senegal, to attend the first WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All campaign) Global Forum meeting in March 2004. There will be four other prizes of US$ 250 each including a "Youth Reporter" award.
    For more info, go to news section of the IFEJ website.

    UNICEF Executive Director Launches Regional Campaign to Combat Exclusion of Children

    The Leave No Child Out campaign promotes societies where diversity is respected; where the rights of every child are upheld; and where no child is excluded.
    The campaign will be carried out from June 2003 through June 2004, and will be celebrated in many countries in Central & Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States & Baltic States.
    Tell your stories so that the world can understand what it means to be discriminated against —and what can be done to stop exclusion.
    For more information and a place to voice your opinions on social exclusion, check out the UNICEF Voices Of Youth website and join the discussion.

    Photo & article contest in Azerbaijan

    UNICEF Azerbaijan and the newspaper "525" are opening a competition for photos and articles in support of the Leave No Child Out campaing.
    Children and youth up to the age of 18 are eligible for the nationwide contest that runs till the end of 2003.
    The contest winners will be announced every month - prizes are photo cameras, video cameras and other equipment to support youth participation in the media.
    For more information, email Siraj Mahmudov and/or Akif Saatcioglu (UNICEF Azerbaijan)

    Children's Voice from Ukraine wins 2002 OneWorld/UNICEF Award for Outstanding Children's Radio Programme

    International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB)

    UNICEF and the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences is now seeking entries of outstanding television programming in 2002 for, with and by children for the International Academy/UNICEF award to be presented in November 2003.
    The prestigious International Academy/UNICEF Award honours television that appeals to the hearts and minds of children, giving them an opportunity to speak up and be heard.
    The Award is given to the broadcaster whose programming best captures the spirit of UNICEF's International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) 2002.
    We welcome entries from all television stations that participated in ICDB 2002. There is no entry fee.
    For more information, go to the ICDB website.

    Young Lives Transformed, Guided by a Camera Lens; Guatemalan Fotokids Capture Pain and Joy

    By David Gonzales - One of the first photographs Evelyn Mansilla ever took was of a peaceful landscape of rolling hills peeking out through a thicket of trees. Not a single soul or a speck of garbage was visible, which was almost miraculous, since she took the photo inside the sprawling municipal dump where she and her mother often joined dozens of neighbors to scavenge.

    OneMinutesJr online

    The videos produced by teenagers at the OneMinuteJr. workshop in Budapest (organized by UNICEF, the European Cultural Foundation and the Sandberg Institute) are online.
    To watch them, go to www.theoneminutesjr.org

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