Media & Children 5th World Summit





Agenda by Day

Brief to Speakers & Facilitators

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Gala Opening Dinner


In 1999, The World Summit On Media For Children Foundation was established to promote the World Summit movement. The Foundation is a not-for-profit public company incorporated in Victoria, Australia.

Its Board of Directors comprises representatives of the principal host organisations of previous and future World Summits and regional summits. The Foundation's objectives are to encourage and promote the World Summit movement, as well as select and assist host organisations for future World Summits.The World Summit movement was inaugurated with the First World Summit in Australia in 1995, hosted by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. There have been four World Summits since 1995.

  • 1st World Summit on Television and Children, Australia, 1995
    The objectives of the World Summit were:To achieve a greater understanding of developments in children's television around the world. To raise the status of children's programming. To draw to the attention of key players in broadcasting the importance of issues relating to children.
    To promote a charter of guiding principles in children's television.
  • To ensure the provision of programs for children will be guaranteed as the  communications revolution proceeds.To assist in the developing world to provide opportunities for quality children's programming in the future.

2nd World Summit on Television for Children, London, 1998
The Second World Summit on Television for Children was hosted by the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Nickelodeon UK and chaired by Anna Home. It brought together 1,600 representatives from 82 countries to explore the main themes of funding, regulation, co-production and new media. It broadened the scope of the Summit movement to include other media beyond television. Another innovation was the parallel children’s event involving 31 international junior delegates which produced a Children’s Charter on Electronic Media.3rd World Summit on Media for Children: A European event of world appeal, Greece, 2001.

The Main aim of the Summit was to gather the interest of the audiovisual community in Europe and in Greece. European professionals had the chance to be present in the industry’s most important event, to meet the global leaders of children’s media and to promote their ideas and products. Moreover, the event aimed at initiating bridges between children’s television and the New Media and opening the creative dialogue between children and professionals. The above goals were generally reached.

4th World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents, Brazil, 2004

  • The Summit focused on media production for television, radio, Internet and electronic games. It was articulate by four themes: One world, many voices; Media Violence:: Humankind at risk;

  • Challenges of quality in media for Children an adolescents; and Commitments for the present and future.

5th World Summit on Children & the Media 2007
Media for Children – A Tool for Global Peace

The Summit will consist of round tables, workshops, panels, master classes, plenary sessions, exhibitions and an international Children’s summit.Key themes and concepts proposed for inclusion at the World Summit include:

  • Global and regional Achievements since 1995 The Charter and its implementation – toward 2010 Regional collaboration and setting objectives for the next Summit Globalization of children’s media Children’s access in the Information Society Children’s Media Rights Investing in Children’s Media- Funding The North/South divide The Role of Governments, NGO’s and Donor Organisations The role of regulators- a comparison of different approaches The role of content providers Arab Nations and Muslim Children what is the best way forward? HIV-AIDS and its impact on Children’s Media South-south partnerships Training for producers (adults and children) of children’s programming PBS, National, Independent and Regional Broadcasters- what is their role? Distribution of children’s media- Equity and partnerships in materials distributed The role of Broadcasting Unions Children’s voices- how can children participate meaningfully in the creation of their own media Research and comparative studies New Media and Convergence of Technologies
  • Internet and the World Wide Web – content development and language rights.

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