UNESCO, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and regional broadcasting unions, is holding an international conference on ‘Broadcast Media and Climate Change: A Public Service Remit’ on 4 to 5 September 2009 at its headquarters in Paris.
More than 180 national broadcasters, key international broadcasting associations and scientific organizations will meet to discuss the public service remit of electronic media in raising awareness on climate change. At a time when “the deathly silence around this crisis is [becoming] a major impediment for international action” (Kofi Annan), the conference will seek to increase the capacities of national broadcasters to report on climate change and foster cooperation among them.
Participants will explore current coverage of climate change issues in different regions of the world and the challenges being faced by broadcasters, particularly those from the developing countries. These challenges include access to essential content and material needed to report effectively on climate change and promote mitigation strategies at local and international levels.
The event is also expected to help improve the quality of information and programmes on climate change. In this view, UNESCO has partnered with a number of organizations - including the BBC, France Télévisions, the Global Humanitarian Forum, TVE, the Algerian Ministry of the Environment, and the production companies Dansk AV Produktion and Ki-Productions - to provide a range of quality audiovisual material and resources rights-free to national broadcasters from developing countries.
Finally, the meeting will look at the mechanisms and frameworks necessary for a global broadcast media partnership on climate change.
Coming just three months ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Copenhagen, Denmark, the outcomes of this international conference on broadcast media and climate change will contribute to the high level discussions in December.
UNESCO is planning a live webcast of this two-day event. We invite you to visit the Conference website for more information.
- Click here to view the Conference agenda.
- Related themes/countries
· Public Service Broadcasting
· Media Development
- Contact information
* Contact Alton Grizzle, UNESCO, Communication Development Division
* Saorla McCabe, UNESCO, Communication Development Division
- Related Links : UNEP