Monday, September 18, 2006

First Asia-Pacific-Europe Media Dialogue hosted by UNESCO

Top broadcasters from Asia-Pacific and Europe met from 11 to 13 September at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters to discuss joint approaches to media issues such as cultural diversity and conflict resolution, digital opportunities for radio and television and mechanisms to improve media governance, credibility and accountability.

The Asia-Pacific-Europe Media Dialogue, a first event of this kind, explored the issues facing broadcasters in the third millennium, as satellites and the internet blur borders and pose new challenges in a globalizing world.

The purpose of the dialogue is to serve as an opportunity to identify creative approaches to further build bridges between Asia and Europe. The 2nd Asia-Pacific-Europe Media Dialogue will be held in Bonn from 3-5 September 2007. Further details will be announced soon.

The 1st Asia-Pacific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Media Awards will be launched in October 2006 to honor distinguished reporting on the eight Millennium Development Goals being implemented in the region. The Awards, which will support global efforts to reduce poverty and hunger are open to broadcast producers and journalists in print, radio and television covering the Asia-Pacific region. They offer USD 7,000 in cash prize, a trophy and a certificate to each 1st prize winner, and to each runner up USD 2,000, a trophy and certificate.

© C. Arnaldo/UNESCO

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