AMARC at the Rio+20 Summit

Montreal, June 19th, 2012. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is covering via the Internet and through its world network of community radios the governments’ discussions regarding challenges to sustainable development, including on biodiversity and climate change, at the 20th anniversary Earth Summit, entitled Rio+20, which will held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20th–22nd, 2012. For further information, visit http://www.uncsd2012.org/. AMARC is also covering and taking part in parallel civil society events like the World Forum of Free Media (WFFM), which was held on June 16-17, and the People’s Summit, which is taking place since June 15th up to June 23rd.

A delegation of community radio journalists is covering all those events related to Rio+20 and broadcasting information on the activities, participants, debates and alternatives strengthening civil society approaches to sustainable development and environmental protection via the AMARC website and carried by participating community radios. The coverage is the result of a collective and collaborative effort between Pulsar, AMARC Brazil, Panos West Africa and Radio Cupula. The Pulsar News agency is ensuring coverage in Spanish and Portuguese. Pulsar Brazil is also coordinating the multilingual People’s Summit Radio, which is broadcasting from June 15th to 23rd.

Here are some of the programs available in English:

Women Rising XXI: Women's Rights to Water, Land, and Farming, National Radio Project (USA)

How vegetarian diet helps reduce water usage, wastage and pollution, Kodao Productions (Philippines)

Rural women and Development, Radio Sauti (Kenya)

To learn more on the Internet broadcast and to listen to the podcasts, visit http://www2.amarc.org/?q=node/389

AMARC is also actively contributing in the Rio+20 Summit as well as the People’s Summit with a communication rights approach to the development of civil society alternatives to neoliberal globalization destroying our planet. AMARC representatives will participate in seminars and debates and will network on how community media can best contribute to civil society debates in building people’s alternatives.

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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