AMARC covered and participated to the Rio+20 Summit, the World Forum of Free Media and the People’s Summit

Montreal, June 26th, 2012. The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) covered via the Internet and through its world network of community radios the discussions regarding challenges to sustainable development, including on biodiversity and climate change, at the Rio+20 Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20th to 22nd, 2012. For further information, click here. AMARC also covered and took part in parallel civil society events like the World Forum of Free Media (WFFM), which was held on June 16th-17th, and the People’s Summit, from June 15th to June 23rd.

Maria Pia Matta, president of AMARC, participated in all those events. She was also part of the coverage done by Pulsar, AMARC Latin America and the Caribbean News Agency. A delegation of community radio journalists covered successfully all those events related to Rio+20 and broadcast information on 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 was the result of a collective and collaborative effort between Pulsar, AMARC Brazil, Panos Institute West Africa and Radio Cupula. Pulsar News agency ensured coverage in Spanish and Portuguese, while Pulsar Brazil coordinated the multilingual People’s Summit Radio (Radio Cupula), which broadcast from June 15th to 23rd.

To learn more on the Internet broadcast and to listen to the podcasts, visit

AMARC also actively contributed to 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 participated in seminars and debates and networked on how community media can best contribute to civil society debates in building people’s alternatives.

Finally, AMARC produced a declaration entitled: "The right to communicate is a necessary condition for sustainable development". To read this declaration, click here.

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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