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Deutsche Welle and the UN to step up media cooperation

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle has signed an agreement with the United Nations expanding their cooperation. It is the latest development in a partnership set up five years ago.

DW Director General Erik Bettermann and UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal signed a broadcast agreement this week, aimed at boosting cooperation in the field of media.

Mr Launsky-Tieffenthal said that “We at the UN are glad that we can build upon our long-term cooperation with Deutsche Welle, which is based on trust. This agreement lets us further expand and deepen that cooperation.”

Speaking for Deutsche Welle, Mr Bettermann stressed that “the promotion of human rights, participation and democratization is a central aspect of our multimedia programming in 30 languages, just as it is for the UN. Cooperation between DW and the UN is particularly important for us because of this shared sense of purpose. We will be glad to continue working together in the future as well.”

The agreement also enables DW to supplement its television programming with materials from UN-produced documentaries.