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

Virtual workshop will provide journalists from Latin America and the Caribbean with information and tools to cover the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development

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.

The journalists who wish to participate in the workshop, can do it in two ways:

- Personally attending one of the parallel forums which will be held in various cities of Latin America and the Caribbean (an up-to-date list, with contact information, can be consulted online).
- Following the livestream via Internet from a personal computer. This way, journalists can also interact with the experts through the live text forum www.cinu.mx/webcast-2 where they will be able to send their questions or comments.

For more information on the workshop, including the programme and the diverse ways in which one can participate, please send us an email to: medios@un.org.mx

What is Rio+20?

"Rio+20 " is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012, 20 years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. Rio +20 is also an opportunity to look into the future we want to have in 20 years.

At the Rio+20 Conference, the United Nations is bringing together Governments, international institutions, civil society and other actors to discuss a range of smart measures aimed at poverty reduction through green jobs, clean energy and protection of the environment of an increasingly populated planet. This is a historical opportunity to define the path to a sustainable future: a future with greater employment, cleaner energy, major security and better living standards for all.

For further information about RIO+20 please visit www.uncsd2012.org/

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