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CBC receives UNESCO Award for Science Reporting and Programming 2010

27-04-2010 (Johannesburg)
CBC receives UNESCO Award for Science Reporting and Programming 2010
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The UNESCO Award for Science Reporting and Programming was presented, at the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) General Conference 2010 in Johannesburg, to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for its radio programme “9 ½ Technologies that Could Change the World”.
Looking into the near future, the CBC programme impressed the judging panel by its creativity and the global relevance. It is not just presenting the latest gadgets, but is focusing on transformative ideas that could improve our lives and green our planet.

The prize was jointly established by UNESCO and CBA in 2006 in order to promote science literacy and science communication through media. It rewards radio and television programmes on science and technology with high production value. The programmes should aim to promote a better public understanding of science and technology as tools for national development. They also should disseminate scientific information in an interesting and engaging manner that would attract the attention of a wide-ranging audience.

UNESCO has been committed to promote science journalism and communication. Recently a Special Agreement was signed between the African Union Commission and UNESCO on the African Journalism Training on Science and Technology, focusing on the potential centres of excellence and reference.

Previously UNESCO established partnerships with BBC to distribute quality rights-free science programmes for broadcasting by national broadcasters in developing countries.

The International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change, organized by UNESCO in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris, on 4 and 5 September 2009, brought together some 250 representatives of national broadcasters from both developing and developed countries, regional broadcasting unions, key international broadcasting associations, scientific organizations and climate-related agencies, who examined major perspectives on reporting on climate change to help mitigate its impact and avert potential human suffering.
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