UN plans family TV series covering critical global issues

UN plans family TV series covering critical global issues

The United Nations today announced that as part of the UN Works campaign it will co-produce a 10-part family television series to be broadcast on the Showtime network in the United States.

Entitled "What's going on?" each half-hour episode will examine a critical global issue such as HIV/AIDS, conflict and child labour by profiling the life of an individual child. The programme will be hosted by a UN Goodwill Ambassador.

The series begins on Sunday, 19 January 2003 with an episode on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the Caribbean hosted by actor Danny Glover, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Other shows will feature actor Michael Douglas, a UN Messenger of Peace who will travel to Sierra Leone to host the episode on child soldiers, and actress Angelina Jolie, an emissary for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in a segment from a refugee camp in Tanzania.