Have you ever seen UN TV or even heard about it?
No, then you are not the only one, there are billions who have not. But UN TV is real and its pre-recorded telecast can be seen at Live Station
UN TV features live coverage of UN meetings, such as the Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, as well as Conferences, briefings and other events from the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The video stream for United NationsTV video channel in English can be accessed here at http://www.livestation.com/channels/79-untv/ or live webcast can watched at UN News & Media Website http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/
You can also watch United Nations TV online on iPhone, iPod, Android or PS3 device.
United Nations You Tube channel features over 1800 videos on a wide range of global topics including current news, peace and security, social and economic development, human rights, climate change and more. These videos can be viewed at www.youtube.com/Unitednations
United Nations has its presence on Twitter as well. Its twitter account www.twitter.com/UN has close to 350 thousands followers. UN has an official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unicnetwork
Live webcast of the UN events can be seen at http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/index.html
UN webcast has dedicated facebook and twitter pages at www.facebook.com/Unwebcast and at www.twitter.com/Unwebcast
United Nations has its own news service and news centre. UN news centre is present on facebook, twitter www.twitter.com/un_news_centre and flickr.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has over 500 videos on art, culture, education, science on its You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/UNESCO
UN multimedia website http://www.unmultimedia.org/ takes you to different UN initiatives to reach out to the people across the planet.
UN publishes a daily journal titled Journal of the United Nation that is available on facebook as well as on twitter @Journal_UN_ONU
UN also has a radio service available in 13 languages. UN Radio has facebook presence at www.facebook.com/UNRadio and twitter presence at www.twitter.com/UN_Radio
UNESCO is also present on twitter at www.twitter.com/unescoNow and on facebook at www.facebook.com/UNESCO
United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is present on twitter http://twitter.com/unicef and has already over 400,000 followers.
World Bank is not behind in reaching out to common people in different corners of the world and has its presence on facebook www.facebook.com/worldbank which already has 67000 likes and Twitter www.twitter.com/worldbank which has over 34,000 followers.
IMF is also present on twitter at www.twitter.com/IMFNews and already has over 19000 followers including the UN, Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate and New York Times. However it is yet to register its presence on Facebook. But to everybody’s surprise IMF is present on You Tube www.youtube.com/IMF and has already uploaded 148 videos. It is also present on flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/imfphoto
United Nations Security Council has its own web page http://www.un.org/Docs/sc/index.html where one can get information on its daily and monthly programmes, resolutions, latest news etc. However UNSC is yet to open its account on twitter, facebook or YouTube.
Web 2.0 is bringing institutions of global governance closer to people in a way that is unprecedented in the history of our planet. The world already has over 5 billion mobile phones. It is estimated that in a decade the number of Internet connected mobile phones will exceed the number of people on our planet. This development will have significant impacts on democratization of institutions of global governance as more people would like to have their direct say in the way our planet is governed.
Across the world, there is already growing demands of reforms of the United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. United Nations has a representative body of governments in form of a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) but it does not have a representative body of the people: a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) either elected by the parliaments of 192 UN member countries or directly elected by the people. A Global Parliament consisting of UNGA as the upper house or senate and UNPA as the lower house will democratise the United Nations and act as link between the highest body of global governance and the common people in the street.
Campaign to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly www.unpacampaign.org has growing support across the planet. Thirty Members of Indian Parliament including some very prominent parliamentarians such as Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Mani Shankar Aiyer, Baijayant Jay Panda, Manish Tiwari support the campaign to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. Across the world 737 serving members of Parliament support the campaign. UNPA campaign is present on facebook www.facebook.com/unpacampaign as well as on twitter www.twitter.com/unpacampaign with a growing number of followers.
Global Governance can come even closer to you with your active participation in institutions of global governance.
Views expressed are personal.
Abhay K, a writer-poet-artist & diplomat, is author of six books. His most recent publications include Candling the Light and Colours of Soul. His writings have appeared in Times of India, Rediff, Governance Now, Diplomatic Square, India Abroad, Literary St. Petersburg etc. He has exhibited his art works in several countries including France, Russia and India.