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I am particularly glad to welcome you in Paris next October 17 on the premises of France Télévisions for the 65th URTI general Assembly and on the eve at Radio France for the ceremony of the 25th International URTI Radio Grand Prix.
Our session will be opened by Mrs Irina Bokova, Director general of UNESCO, this historical partner who gave us the status of association and with whom we recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming to reinforce our cooperation.
Our general Assembly will be elective to renew all the governance authorities at the Executive Board and the general Direction.
We welcome Bulgarian Television and Mauritanian Radio who joined us this year. Since 2009 the public radiobroadcasters of 34 countries became members of URTI thanks to the strengthening of the activities of our Union
who offers its members a free access, in radio and in television, to its exchange catalogues of more than 6000 quality programmes. In a context of financial pressure, the new digital platforms will increase our needs for contents. So the future belongs to exchanges, which opens wonderful perspectives to our Union!
I also insist on underlining the quality of our partnership with the entirety of the international audiovisual organizations which allowed us to maintain our place in the first rank in international audiovisual grand prix (85 countries represented in 2012).
Paris has the reputation of being a cosmopolitan capital where bridges are built between Cultures. We shall welcome you from all over the world, not only to admire the 37 bridges which cross the river Seine, but also to strengthen the cultural links established between the 66 URTI members. Welcome to Paris!
President of URTI
Chairman and Managing Director at Radio France
Dear Madam, dear Sir
I have the honour and the pleasure of welcoming for its session, the 65th general Assembly of the International Radio and Television Union (URTI) at Maison de France Télévisions on Thursday, October 17.
Partner of URTI since 1975 France Télévisions also contributes actively to the catalogue. In 2013, 565 programmes, mainly magazine series, were provided by the channels of the group FTV from the regions of France 3 and overseas.
The activities inside URTI, as those for instance with CFI or CIRTEF,
Despite the difficulties, notably financial, these broadcasters are currently faced with nowadays, it is more than ever necessary for our public radios-televisions to show on their channels attractive and innovative programmes. It is the mission of URTI and also of France Télévisions in partnership with Radio France to contribute to this.
Président de France Télévisions
Cooperation between UNESCO and the International Radio and Television Union (URTI) stretches back to the creation of URTI in 1949, from an idea expressed at the UNESCO General Conference, held in Mexico two years earlier.
Since then, we have worked together to foster cooperation through radio and television, as spaces of exchange and dialogue for lasting peace and sustainable development, and to promote inclusion and mutual understanding.
On behalf of UNESCO, I wish to congratulate URTI for the success of its audiovisual competition -- the URTI Grand Prix. Eighty-five countries participated in the 2012 URTI Grand Prix, placing the event at the forefront of international awards.
World Radio Day, held on 13 February every year, is another flagship of our cooperation, guided by the reality that the radio remains one of the most important sources of information for billions of users across the world – even in this digital age.
In a world changing quickly, our common goal has never been more important -- to build more inclusive, knowledge societies, on the basis of the free flow of information, through freedom of expression and in respect of cultural diversity.
Directrice Générale de l'UNESCO