Univision News Premieres Four-Part Digital Series On The Effects Of Climate Change In Latin America

A Partnership Between The United Nations Foundation And Univision Communications Inc., The First Video, "Dry Earth: Climate Change In The Highlands" Is Now Available On Univision.Com/Planeta

New York, NY

October 31, 2014


Megan Rabbitt

As part of a groundbreaking partnership announced last April with the United Nations Foundation, Univision News has premiered the first video in a four-part digital series aimed at increasing Hispanic audiences’ awareness of the effects of climate change in the Latin American region. The first video of the series, entitled “Dry Earth: Climate Change in the Highlands,” is now available for viewing on Univision.com/Planeta.

“Dry Earth: Climate Change in the Highlands” illustrates the impact of drought and lack of snowfall in the Bolivian highlands, centering on farmers and their families as they cope with the challenges of unpredictable weather patterns that are disrupting agriculture and diminishing water resources in the area. The highlands of Bolivia have experienced desertification and glacial melting. 80 percent of its glaciers have decreased significantly and are likely to disappear in the next 10 to 15 years.

Univision News’ digital series will focus on the four elements—earth, water, air and fire—and tell the stories of communities across the Americas that are being impacted by the changing climate. Univision News has assigned a news team exclusively to the initiative, including specialized reporters, investigative journalists and producers, while the UN Foundation provides current and factual global ecological information and facilitates experts and scientists for interviews.

“We are honored to be partnering with Univision on this thought-provoking series,” says Aaron Sherinian, United Nations Foundation. “Through our joint effort, we hope to illustrate the effects of climate change in Latin America, and educate and engage the Hispanic community everywhere in an effort to keep the environment and climate change top-of-mind among this important community and audiences everywhere.”

“Univision News is proud to present the first video in this unprecedented digital series aimed at educating U.S. Hispanic viewers about climate change and its effects,” said Isaac Lee, president of News, Univision Communications, Inc. “Working closely with the United Nations Foundation, we are poised to bring our audiences a wide variety of top quality content focused on the environment, an increasingly important issue that deserves everyone’s attention. Hispanic America relies on Univision News to keep informed on the issues that matter most to them, and we will continue to honor that commitment now with expanded reporting on ecological topics.”

To watch the video or learn more about the four-part digital series, please visit Univision.com/Planeta.

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About The United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org .

About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 94% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMas, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 88% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavision, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 67 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service, Univision.com , the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.Univision.net .

SOURCE United Nations Foundation