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IPS Africa correspondent shares her experience of reporting on COP 16 in Cancun
“It is important to have African voices and interests represented at global summits on climate change,” says Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist who is reporting on the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) for the Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa.

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IPS Africa correspondent shares her experience of reporting on COP 16 in Cancun

10-12-2010 (Cancun)
IPS Africa correspondent shares her experience of reporting on COP 16 in Cancun
Rosebell Kagumire
“It is important to have African voices and interests represented at global summits on climate change,” says Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist who is reporting on the 16th edition of Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) for the Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa.
Rosebell Kagumire’s participation in COP 16 (Cancun, Mexico, 29 November - 10 December 2010) is supported by UNESCO through a fellowship, under the Media and Climate Change Programme.

Speaking to UNESCO’s Tarja Turtia, Kagumire expressed excitement at being sponsored by UNESCO to be one of several journalists from Africa reporting on the global climate change summit. She noted that the fellowship had given her an opportunity to report the event from an African perspective, focusing on issues of specific concern to Africans, such as forestry and agriculture.

She was further elated that African civil society, including indigenous communities from Liberia and Burundi, was represented at Cancun, with many of them highlighting the impact of climate change on their communities and livelihoods.

She observed that Africa was becoming a key negotiator in the COP series of summits, presenting a united position on such issues as global financing mechanisms for Africa’s climate change risk adaptation efforts.

An audio clip of the interview with Rosebell Kagumire is available here.

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