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UNESCO supports seminar on climate change for media professionals in Azerbaijan

17-12-2009 (Baku)
UNESCO supports seminar on climate change for media professionals in Azerbaijan
Poster of the seminar
© AzerTAc
Impact of climate change in Azerbaijan and the role of media in preventing a potential cataclysm were among the topics discussed at a capacity building seminar for media professionals held last month in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku.
The seminar, entitled “Climate change and Azerbaijan”, was organized by the Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency (AzerTAc) with the support of UNESCO’s Moscow Office and the National Commission of Azerbaijan for UNESCO.

This event is part of a pilot project designed to introduce environmental journalists to the most up-to-date information on the implications of climate change, its social and economic aspects, global challenges and its impact on the countries of the region.

60 participants of the seminar represented over 30 leading newspapers, TV channels, news agencies and other media outlets of Azerbaijan. Renowned Azerbaijani environmentalists presented reports on the impact of global climate change on hydro-meteorological conditions in the country, its water resources and the level of fluctuations of the Caspian Sea. The participants discussed the ways of improving media coverage of environmental issues that would contribute to raising public awareness about the challenges of climate change.

Opening the seminar, the AzerTAc Director General, Aslan Aslanov, declared that environmental journalism faces new tasks, which require deep knowledge from media professionals. The representative of the National Commission of Azerbaijan for UNESCO outlined UNESCO’s activities in response to the challenges of climate change and briefed the participants on the UNESCO International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change held in Paris last September.
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      · Azerbaijan
      · Training of Media Professionals
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