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The 2020 Global Summit on Media for Children will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 6-8 July.

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Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 2020 Global Summit on Media for Children in Jakarta, Indonesia, taking place from 6-8 July 2020. I am pleased to attach herewith, an invitation from Mr Supriyono, Acting President, Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) [see link below].

The summit is the biggest global event of its kind, bringing together media leaders and producers, educators, regulators and everyone interested in media for children and young people.

This year also marks the return of the GSMC to the Asia-Pacific, a region containing half the world's population, a large percentage of which is younger people. Indonesia alone has more than 100-million people aged under 24 and more than a quarter of its total population – some 65-million - are aged under 14, so the venue is most suitable for our gathering this year.

The ABU and hosts Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI), together with the WSMC Foundation are eager to welcome you to Jakarta at an important time in the evolution of media for children.

This year's theme 'Diverse media for diverse children' tackles the major issues head-on, bringing experts and practitioners from around the world to look at questions such as what children are consuming and where, are broadcasters still able to attract young audiences and retain their position in the multimedia space, and what are the secrets of children's programs that have endured over decades.

The summit will be interlaced with great examples of children's programming that works, explained by the producers and children themselves.

The GSMC has been running now for 24 years, with Summits every three years in eight countries to-date. It allows Asia-Pacific broadcasters to showcase their work and provide leadership in the international field of media for children and young people.

It is also an important interface between academia and the media, between those who use media to educate children and those who produce the programs.

And as a bonus, TVRI is also hosting a number of special events and children's media workshops on the eve of the summit itself, including the successful ABU KIDS project.

So please register now at https://www.abu.org.my/eventer/gsmc2020 where you can find program information and reserve accommodation at special conference rates in Jakarta, one of Asia's great and lively cities. If you need more information at this time, please contact the Head of Radio Olya Booyar at olya@abu.org.my or Yan at Yan@abu.org.my

See you in Jakarta in July! Best personal regards Javad

Javad Mottaghi, Ph.D., BEng.
Secretary - General
Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
2nd Floor, IPPTAR Building, Angkasapuri,
50614 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: 603-2282 3592
Fax: 603-2282 5292

Host invitation letter (PDF 265KB) link

Summit Dublin Ireland 11 - 14 May 2021


Opening speech to the last World Summit on Media for Children/ Children's Global Media Summit
Manchester December 5th 2017

Patricia Edgar

Welcome all to this 8th World Summit in Manchester. I applaud the dedication of the team at the BBC and the City who have worked to bring us together, in particular our host Alice Webb.

The Summit movement began in Melbourne 27 years ago, and since then we've held Summits all around the world, in Brazil, South Africa, Asia, Sweden, Greece. I'm delighted we're back in the UK, almost 20 years after the 1998 London Summit, also hosted by the BBC.

Every Summit has been driven by the belief that media have enormous power and potential to inspire, to entertain and educate. Our original purpose was to raise the status of children's media, to promote the funding and development of exceptional programming and enable access for all children. In this digital era, our aim is to understand and capitalise on the potential of new technology in the interests of children.

When we began, our model relied on well funded public broadcasters; on regulation, quotas and subsidies to underscore programs on commercial television, and talented producers to ensure quality control.

The major concern which drove the first Summit was changing technology, just as it is today. Our concern then was how could we maintain quality, locally produced television programming in the face of impending cable and children's channels? How could we serve children, rather than exploit them?

The media landscape has continued to transform at a rapid pace, but we've been slow to react. Control is shifting to new global players, and young people themselves, who, enabled by technology are reshaping the media landscape.

There is nothing new or remarkable to them about this technology. It is simply a part of the lives they live. Our challenge today is to make content available to young people when and how want it, to help them find it, navigate their way through it, and even create it with us.

Mastery and understanding of media technology are now necessary life skills, as important as reading and writing, for living successfully in this century.

We know smart-phones and social media have many positive effects, including feeling connected to social peers with similar interests at home and across the globe. Technology is transforming education, the workplace, entertainment and lifestyles. Healthy balance is the aim and this is where we, come in.

Over the years the Summit movement has focused also on media's role in education. Children are now going on line to teach themselves and digital media is just as challenging to educational institutions as it is to the media industry, for robots and AI are changing the nature of work. Knowledge alone is no longer enough. Young people have to learn how to learn and adapt throughout their lifetime.

Progress here is of fundamental importance for children across the globe, for in 2015 the UN reported that up to 100 million children are not in school. Media can assist in reaching these children and helping their development.

Media are also central to the process of breaking down educational, social and cultural barriers, reducing conflict and building tolerance across the globe. By giving children a voice, facilitating their access and means of distribution we should be able to assist them to build a new world fit for their future.

This Summit movement is about transforming media for education and entertainment to meet 21st century needs. It is about welcoming new players, creating new networks and relationships and finding new economic models. It is about shaking established thinking to its core to ensure that a vibrant industry remains true to its purpose - and its child audience.

Change can be uncomfortable, that is its nature. But it's also exciting. I wish you good progress as we explore new possibilities during this Summit.