Media that Matters

This section includes links to organizations
that offer news reports and video modules 
on humanitarian issues around the world.


1. World Health Organization, Year in Review 2008   and Year in Review 2007
(brief online photo essays to give you a quick overview of major international health issues;
many other helpful updates and resources at the WHO website)
(humanitarian news and analysis, photos, weekly podcasts on special issues, etc;
IRIN is part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs--OCHA)
(multimedia narratives about many aspects of human life)
(introduces new documentaries and dramas made by independent filmmakers who are "taking creative risks and sharing untold stories in unexpected places"; part of the Public Broadcasting Service in the USA)
(many films and documentaries; many of the films from international sources are especially relevant) 
(current updates, analyses, and resources for humanitarian emergencies)
(news reports in 32 languages--and great for language learning too)
(international news from around the world)
 (short video reports on Christian witness via humanitarian assistance)
(overview of the eight major humanitarian problems in the world and the United Nations efforts to significantly impact these problems)  
12. United Nations web site and webcasts
(current and archived reports, videos and live sessions covering  the work of the UN; the website is available in six languages
Update: See also the United Nations Year in Review for 2010 (11 minutes)
Note: We especially recommend watching the 11 minute UN Year in Review on the UN webcast site (this video report is located in the "See the Latest" section). This Review summarizes several of the major world events and efforts of the UN in 2010. We think it is also worth watching and discussing with others. As you connect more with the UN, many of the terms and organizations may sound familiar (WHO, Security Council, UNICEF). However almost everyone finds in challenging to tie it all together in a cohesive understanding of how things work and who is responsible for what. The more we have stayed in touch with UN affairs the easier it has been for us to understand the bigger picture and negotiate the "alphabet soup" abbreviations of organizations that are part of the UN system. For a quick overview of the UN visit the wikipedia entry. click here  For a helpful read on the history, functioning, and challenges of the United Nations, see: The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations (2002) by Paul Kennedy.

13. The International Crisis Group (provides independent, non-partisan policy analysis and advice on major world issues. 

14. LiveStation  (offers connections for free worldwide TV and radio, especially news in different languages, including the BBC)

15. Forum Network ( provides a variety of lecture videos from PBS and NPR)
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