For the second time, Al Arabiya TV won the U.N. Global News Broadcast Gold Award, usually given to the best TV news coverage for the international organization's issues.
The large ceremony was held on Wednesday at one of the biggest celebration halls in New York. It was organized by the U.N. Journalists Association.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the participants during the ceremony, saying "you journalists are always there to transfer the truthful news to your audiences, I thank you for that."
Al Arabiya won this year's Gold Award for its very good coverage of the United Nations' Climate Summit in Copenhagen as well as its wonderful camera shots of the global destructive effects caused by the climate changes that would affect the whole humanity.
Japan's NHK channel came the second of the winners and Al Jazira English came the third.
The U.S. envoy to the U.N. Susan Rice hailed Al Arabiya and said that it was "a marvelous night to honor AL Arabiya with the Gold Award on behalf of its fellow media colleagues."
"It is a great achievement for Al Arabiya TV and its reporters, which are always present inside the United Nations," said Rice.
It is the second time for Al Arabiya to win the U.N. Global News Broadcast Gold Award. In 2007, the pan-Arab news channel won the U.N.'s prestigious award for its reports on the role played by the U.N. in the Middle East region. It was the first time that an Arab media corporation is awarded that prize.