Listen to the archives for the International AMARC Broadcast for the World Water Day 2012

Montreal, April 3rd, 2012. As a starting point on the road to Rio+20, the World Association of Community Radios (AMARC) network, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the One Drop Foundation, organized its first international broadcast campaign for the World Water Day, on March 22nd. You can download and listen to the programs on the podcast section of the campaign.

Nearly 50 community radios from more than 30 countries from Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean participated in this broadcast campaign, which permitted simultaneously to improve the relevance and quality of the content of the participating radios and to give a global exposure through the webcast. The campaign archives include 90 programs and spots totalizing nearly 15 hours of programming available in 15 languages and reach more than 5 million listeners in communities throughout the world via direct broadcast or via our archives.

The campaign for the World Water Day 2012, coordinated by FAO, intended to draw the international attention on the relationships between water & food security. The special partnership between AMARC and FAO targeted nine West African countries, among which Sierra Leone, Niger and Mali.

AMARC also collaborated with One Drop Foundation in order to raise awareness and to mobilize populations in all continents to salubrious water access for all challenges. "Teaming up with such a broad network allows us to benefit of the world radio broadcasting potential and to reach millions of citizens. Water challenges affect all the citizens of the world and this partnership will allow to One Drop to pursue its awareness efforts for the water cause", explains Lili-Anna Pereša, One Drop executive director.

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and cooperation.

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