Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Editorial: The COM+ Alliance

The Com+ alliance is a partnership of international organizations and communications professionals from diverse sectors committed to using communications to advance a vision of sustainable development that integrates its three pillars: economic, social and environmental. Its partners are:
- British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service Trust
- Center for Applied Biodiversity Science/Conservation International (CI)
- Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
- GEF
- GlobeScan
- The International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ)
- Inter Press Service (IPS)
- The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
- Reuters Foundation
- Southern Caucus of NGOs for Sustainable Development
- Television Trust for the Environment (TVE)
- United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
- WThe World Bank
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
UNESCO is the lead agency for the United Nations system in communications, focuses strongly on sustainable social and economic development, and especially through its science programs leads in the generation of scientific information on the environment. It seems clear that it should be a member of this consortium, but is not. I strongly recommend that the United States delegation to UNESCO encourage UNESCO to join and participate in COM+.

John Daly
(The opinion expressed is mine alone.)

Should one or more of UNESCO's publications be nominated for the COM+ Communications for Sustainable Development Awards for 2007?

Reporting on sustainable development key issues

COM+, in a joint effort with Inter Press Service (IPS) and the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ), is encouraging environmental journalists around the globe to produce in-depth, independent articles on sustainable development key issues, through the initiative: “Bringing Sustainable Development Closer to the People through Mainstream and Civil Society Media Networks”. The articles can be read in English, Spanish and some of them in French and are distributed through the IPS global wire service, COM+ partners, Tierramerica, IFEJ network, Terraviva and Planet's Voice among others.

Check out Green Facts on Health and Environment.

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