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UNICEF calls for entries for UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize

NEW YORK, 28 April 2006 – UNICEF and OneWorld Radio Africa today called for entries for the UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Contest, which seeks to highlight youth participation in media. The UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize recognizes radio programming that gives a central role to children – as producers, editors, reporters and presenters – and allows them to give their own perspective on the world around them. It also recognizes the importance of radio in communities often unreachable by other media.

Prizes are offered for two categories – Public Service Announcements and Features (up to six minutes). More information about the prize and the contest is available at www.unicef.org/icdb.

“OneWorld Radio is a grand intersection on the information highway,” says Stephen Cassidy, Chief of the Internet, Broadcast and Image Section at UNICEF. “We are pleased to be working with the inspired group of radio professionals at OneWorld.”

The theme for the 2006 contest is UNITE FOR CHILDREN. UNITE AGAINST AIDS. Entries should be about HIV and AIDS – prevention, education, the scope of the pandemic and youth action to address it.

“OneWorld is a global radio community sharing programmes and ideas on development. We are pleased yet again to partner with UNICEF in the UNITE FOR CHILDREN. UNITE AGAINST AIDS 2006 competition,” says Priscilla Jere, OneWorld Africa Executive Director.
“We are calling people to support children and young people by making sure that their voices are heard on such an important subject.”

Millions of children, adolescents and young people in the path of the HIV/AIDS pandemic are at risk and in need of protection. A whole generation of young people today has never known a world free of HIV/AIDS. Making sure that the voices of children and young people are heard can help raise awareness and encourage prevention of this deadly disease.

Judging will take place in October, with a panel of judges from OneWorld, UNICEF and other radio organizations. Winners will be announced in conjunction with the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting in December 2006. Their work will be featured on both the OneWorld Radio and UNICEF sites and podcast by UNICEF Radio. Winners will be awarded radio equipment, and all finalists will be recognized with a commemorative plaque.
The 2002 UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize was presented to ‘Children’s Voice – Street Children’ from Ukraine, a programme featuring powerful interviews with children who live on the street and focusing on their rights and concerns. The broadcast is one of a series on children on the street produced by the Independent Children’s Media Center in Kiev, Ukraine. Children between the ages of ten and eighteen had complete control of the project, which was set up by the Media-Center, with support from the Foundation of Youth Culture and Education.

The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, established by UNICEF in 1991, is observed each year on the second Sunday of December. The initiative encourages broadcasters to produce programming by, with and for children. It is celebrated with the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, which goes to the broadcaster who has produced the best youth programming.

OneWorld Radio offers services and networking for broadcasters and civil society organizations that use radio for human rights and sustainable development. It aims to be a tool for broadcasters – a place on the Internet where they can find radio programmes for exchange and all the information they need from the sector of radio for development. OneWorld Radio is a part of OneWorld.net, an international network of over 1,300 members and partner organizations with a focus on development issues, including children rights.

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, currently working on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

UNICEF Radio can regularly be found on the OneWorld Radio website at http://radio.oneworld.net

For more information, contact:
Karen Cirillo, UNICEF IBIS, Tel: 212.326.7506, kcirillo@unicef.org

Kate Donovan,UNICEF Media, Tel. 212.326.7452, kdonovan@unicef.org

Kelvin Chibomba, OneWorld Radio Africa, Tel: +260 1 292740, kelvin.chibomba@oneworld.net




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