UNESCO celebrates the World Television Day

21/11/2019
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly established 21 November as World Television Day, recognizing the increasing impact that television has on decision-making processes, drawing the world's attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security, as well as its potential role in focusing attention on other major issues, including economic and social issues.

World Television Day is dedicated to the philosophy that television brings to our lives as a symbol of connection and globalization in the 21st century.

In honor of World Television Day, the Second Central Asian International Seminar on "Teaching Journalism for Sustainable Development" took place on 20 November 2019 at the National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek (NUUz).

The aim of the seminar was to draw the attention of academic circles and the public to the importance of television and its role in the development of society and the state.

The seminar was organized with the support of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent, the United Nations Information Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National University of Uzbekistan named after Mirzo Ulugbek and the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

The seminar was attended by students, master's students, doctoral students and scholars from the faculties of journalism universities of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Karakalpakstan.

The city of Tashkent is home to the first image patent in television history. In 1926, scientists N.G. Piskunov, V.I. Popov and B.G. Grabovsky, on the recommendation of the famous professor of St. Petersburg University B.L. Rosing, managed to get a patent for their technological development, which was carried out based on the faculty of physics of the Central Asian State University (now NUUz).

On July 26, 1928, B.P. Grobovsky presented to the commission a non-audio tele-image transmitted from the territory of modern Amir Timur Square. It was a huge contribution to the development of television as a unique channel of mass information and communication.

Today, in Central Asia countries, television is the most accessible media channel for all segments of the population. The countries of the region are actively developing the private television sector, as well as cable, satellite and digital television.

Within the framework of the seminar, the participants discussed the transition to a new format of journalism education, modern television technologies, cooperation of journalists in the field of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, problems of journalists in the mass media, and other topical issues.

Following the results of the seminar, the signing ceremony of the Charter of the Association of the Faculties of Journalism of Central Asian Universities took place.