|AMARC covers COP-17 for the Global Community Radio Network|
Montreal, December 13, 2011. A delegation of community radio journalists of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) covered the activities and events of the 17th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-17) held in Durban, South Africa from November 28 to December 9, 2011. AMARC also participated as an observer NGO of the COP17 government debates. For information on AMARC position on climate change and coverage of the COP-17, please click here .
The COP-17 Conference in Durban had to define the follow-up treaty to the Kyoto Protocol and decide on a new binding treaty to cut gas emissions in line to keep warming below 2 degrees. After more than two weeks of negotiations, the world governments have extended the Kyoto Protocol and decided to continue discussions in order to adopt a universal legal agreement on climate change with the participation all countries no later than 2015 to start by 2020. They also decided to create a Green Climate Fund that for the moment has no clear sources funding. AMARC called civil society voices to continue to pressure governments to mitigate climate change and adopt adaptation strategies to support the most vulnerable.
The AMARC delegation came from Africa, North America and Latin America to join community radio journalists from South Africa to produce and distribute through the world-wide community radio network a multilingual journalistic coverage of civil society alternatives and government debates during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change COP-17. The podcast is available on the internet to all as well as for further broadcast by community radios. Please visit our podcast section .
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.