Webcast recordings of UNESCO International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change: 

4 September 2009

Session 1: What broadcasters are doing and what they can do
Video - Audio

Chair: Arlindo Lopes, Secretary-General, Souther, African Broadcasting Association (SABA)
Moderator: Satinder Bindra, Director, Division of Communications and Public Information, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Theme One: "Climate Change and the Role of the Public Service Broadcaster"
The role of broadcast media in educating audiences and setting the agenda in order to raise public awareness on climate change, stimulate the public debate and shape national policies.
Theme Two: "Global Coverage of Climate Change Today"
A general assessment of the current levels of programming and reporting on climate change issues in different regions of the world, and existing perceptions and capacities.

Session 2: Perspectives on Climate Change: What the media need to know
Video - Audio

Chair: Slaheddine Maaoui, Director-General, Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU)
Moderator: Joyeeta, Gupta, Professor of Climate Change Law & Policy, Vrije Universität
What elements are required to make climated change understood by audiences? This session aims to break down the main elements of climate change, outlining what journalists need to know regarding its origin, impacts and mitigation options.
Theme One: "Dealing with Scientific Content and the Climate Science Debate"
Theme Two: "The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol: Key Programming and Reporting Elements"

Session 3: Global Issues, Local Voices
Video - Audio

Chair: Gary Allen, Board of Directors, Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU)
Moderator: Jonhathan Renouf, Series Producer, BBC Television Science Department
Climate change poses challenges at many levels, enabling coverage on the subject from several different angles. This session examines the social impacts of climate change and the importance of raising public awareness of local adaptation practices.

Session 4: The Challenges of Reporting on Climate Change
Video - Audio

Chair: Julien Pierre Akpaki, President, African Union of Broadcasting (AUB)
This session consists of several presentations that examine the challenges faced by broadcasters when reporting on climate change issues. Lessons and trendes are discussed, focusing in particular on Least Developed Countries.

5 September 2009

Session 1: Raising skills to further quality programming: Know-how and training opportunities for journalists
 - Audio

Chair: Elizabeth Smith, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA)
Moderator: James Fahn, Executive Director of Internews' Earth Journalism Network
This panel session discusses the options available to help media professionals in less developed regions to access information and learning resources, to guide them in reporting on climate change issues. Access to data and public domain content are explored as well as existing networks, training opportunities, and educational guides.

Session 2: Making climate knowledge accessible: Networks and available resources
 - Audio

Chair: Alfonso Ruiz de Assin, Vice-President, Asociacion Internacional de Radiodifusion (AIR)
Moderator: James Deane, Head of Policy, BBC World Service Trust
This session provides broadcasters with an opportunity to relay their capacities to report on climage change, and to develop the scope for partnership and exchange. Participants communicate their experience in this area and outline the possibility of sharing relevant contacts, knowledge, and rights free content on climate change.

Session 3: Towards a global partnership for climate change content exchange
 - Audio

Chair: David Astley, Secretary-General, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
This panel session focus on the role of the regional broadcasting unions and international broadcasting associations in facilitating North-South and South-South cooperation for the exchange of audiovisual items relating to climate change. Representatives of the broadcasting unions and associations provide perspectives on how their organizations can help to address the challenge of accessing essential content needed to effectively raise awareness on climate change issues.


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