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FAO and YouTube

About YouTube

YouTube is a video sharing Web site where users can upload, view and share short videos or multimedia presentations. Unregistered users can view most videos on the site, while registered users can also upload videos.

Viewers' comments and a number of related videos (determined automatically on the basis of title, tags and ownership) appear on screen next to each video. Each video is also accompanied by the HTML code required to link to the video and/or embed it within another Web page (unless the video owner chooses to disable the embedding feature).

An example of an FAO Web page with an embedded YouTube video:

FAO Video Library

A YouTube channel is a single Web page where users can view the channel owner's public videos, favourites, bulletins, comments, subscribers and video log. A channel also presents related YouTube videos and provides a forum for people to connect with the channel owner. FAO currently has two corporate YouTube channels, soon to be consolidated to one:

Creation of additional channels (e.g. by decentralized offices, by headquarters units) on YouTube (as well as other video upload sites such as Vimeo, Blip.tv) is currently not allowed. If you wish to share FAO content via YouTube, please write to OCC.

In addition, it is currently not allowed to create additional YouTube channels for live streaming. If you wish to live stream an event, please write to OCCM.


All uploaded material must belong to FAO, i.e. be part of FAO's intellectual property. In addition, the material that is uploaded to the FAO YouTube channels must be of adequate quality to be relevant to the activities of the Organization and reflect positively on the Organization.

The following guidelines must be respected:

  • dialogue must be comprehensible and easily heard - when possible use a good microphone and a quiet room to record
  • as much as is possible, the footage should be stable – videos should not contain constant unstable movements and adjustments
  • where possible, persons must be identified with titles
  • any music should contribute to the message of the video and must be free of copyright - if in doubt, do not use it
  • any visual effects should be well executed
  • any on-screen text must be grammatically correct and free from spelling mistakes
  • do not use any material under copyright (footage, still photography, music, text, audio)
  • videos must have been shot with the permission of any easily identifiable people appearing in the video (including FAO staff) (permission form)
  • videos must have been shot with the permission of the parent or legal guardian of any identifiable children appearing in the video (permission form)

All FAO videos must include the full Logo-block cover at the beginning and end for a duration of at least 3 seconds.

The FAO Logo-blocks can be downloaded from below links in various sizes/resolutions (available only through FAO network):

Any video or photographic material shot by FAO employees while on duty / on mission for FAO is the property of the Organization.

In the cases where FAO videos are interviews of non-FAO employees, the following disclaimer should be added to the video:

The views or opinions presented in this video are solely those of the interviewee(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of FAO.

How to upload FAO video content to YouTube

With few exceptions, FAO units and offices wishing to upload video or multimedia content to YouTube should use the FAO Knowledge Sharing channel:


Creation of additional FAO YouTube channels is currently not allowed. FAO takes no responsibility for videos uploaded to other YouTube channels or other video sharing tools.


1. Format your video

a). make sure your video is no more than 15 minutes in length, and a maximum of 2 GB in file size

b). if in DVD format, convert to single-file format

c). for information on optimizing videos, see YouTube's help page Optimising your video uploads

2. Contact OCC to arrange the upload to FAO Channel. Be sure to download the request form, complete it and attach it to your request. Note: The title, description and keywords must be provided in the language used in the video.  Therefore, if the video is in French, title, description and keywords must be provided in French.

If you require help, you can visit the YouTube Help Centre.