UNESCO Convenes Broadcast Media and Climate Change Conference

© UNESCO5 September 2009: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) convened the first UNESCO Broadcast Media and Climate Change conference in Paris, France, from 4-5 September 2009.

The conference considered a global consensus on climate change, and developed ways to facilitate the use of materials between developing and developed country broadcasters.

Participants representing approximately 1000 broadcasters agreed upon the Paris Declaration on Broadcast Media and Climate Change, which aims to strengthen regional and international collaboration, and encourage production and dissemination of audiovisual content to give a voice to marginalized populations affected by climate change. The Declaration indicates that an increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change is essential to reduce its negative impacts and to avert human suffering. It also underlines that access to relevant information on climate change is vital for human survival, and that there are significant social, economic and environmental benefits in taking action to combat the effects of climate change. [UNESCO Press Release][Paris Declaration]