Webcast - Rio + 20 journalist workshop

Workshop for Journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean towards the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 

May 8 (Mexico time) 
16:30 - Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women on gender in Rio + 20.
17 - Panel on green economy

May 9
10:00 horas  - Access and sustainable management of water
11:30 horas - Agriculture and food security: keys to sustainable development
12:00 horas - Organization of Rio + 20
12:30 horas - Update on Rio +20
13:30 horas - Logistics for journalists
14:00 horas - The position of Paraguay
15:15 horas - Civil society
16:00 horas - Panel on energy
17:00 horas - The Caribbean in Río+20
17:30 horas - Preparations for Rio+20 with Jorge Chediek, Resident Coordinator UN Brazil

A two-day workshop for journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean, with participation of more than 15 United Nations Agencies, as well as representatives from various governments and civil society, will address the themes and media logistics of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The purpose this event is to provide the media with the necessary information and tools to monitor, directly from Rio de Janeiro or from a distance, the multiple means available to cover the Conference. The workshop will take place the 8 and 9 May from 9am to 5pm CDT (Mexico City local time), in which high-level experts from different locations will discuss the themes on the agenda of Rio+20. Including, Labour, Energy, Water, Cities, Disasters, Health, Gender, Environment, Sustainability and many more from a journalistic perspective. Logistics of media participation, including accreditations, accommodations, online resources, media facilities, official programme, parallel events, and others will also be addressed, with a view to facilitating the media participation.


Anonymous said…
If we agree to “think globally”, it becomes evident that riveting attention on GROWTH could be a grave mistake because we are denying how economic and population growth in the communities in which we live cannot continue as it has until now. Each village's resources are being dissipated, each town's environment degraded and every city's fitness as place for our children to inhabit is being threatened. To proclaim something like, 'the meat of any community plan for the future is, of course, growth' fails to acknowledge that many villages, towns and cities are already ‘built out’, and also ‘filled in’ with people. If the quality of life we enjoy now is to be maintained for the children, then limits on economic and population growth will have to be set. By so doing, we choose to “act locally" and sustainably.

More economic and population growth are no longer sustainable in many too many places on the surface of Earth because biological constraints and physical limitations are immutably imposed upon ever increasing human consumption, production and population activities of people in many communities where most of us reside. Inasmuch as the Earth is finite with frangible environs, there comes a point at which GROWTH is unsustainable. There is much work to done locally. But that effort cannot reasonably begin without sensibly limiting economic and population growth.

To quote another source, “We face a wide-open opportunity to break with the old ways of doing the town’s business…..” That is a true statement. But the necessary “break with the old ways” of continous economic and population growth is not what is occurring. There is a call for a break with the old ways, but the required changes in behavior are not what is being proposed as we plan for the future. What is being proposed and continues to occur is more of the same, old business-as-usual overconsumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities, the very activities that appear to be growing unsustainbly. More business-as-usual could soon become patently unsustainable, both locally and globally. A finite planet with the size, composition and environs of the Earth and a community with the boundaries, limited resources and wondrous climate of villages, towns and cities where we live may not be able to sustain much longer the economic and population growth that is occurring on our watch. Perhaps necessary changes away from UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH and toward sustainable lifestyles and right-sized corporate enterprises are in the offing.

Think globally while there is still time and act locally before it is too late for human action to make any difference in the clear and presently dangerous course of unfolding human-induced ecological events, both in our planetary home and in our villages, towns and cities.

Steven Earl Salmony