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Climate Communications Day - Internews, Earth Journalism Network


8 November 2011

You are invited to Climate Communications Day, Durban, December 1 at COP17

Addressing Climate Change through Innovation and Information

When scientists, journalists and academics gather in December at this year's UNFCCC Climate Change Summit in South Africa, we will gather hundreds of media and communication professionals to address: How can information on climate change best be communicated?

To answer that, the Internews Earth Journalism Network (EJN) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), in partnership with other organizations and with funding from Hewlett-Packard, will host the 1st Annual Climate Communications Day as an official parallel event at the United Nations Climate Change Summit to be held in Durban, South Africa.

Complimentary Registration for Media and Communication Professionals

Thursday, December 01, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Southern Sun Elangeni
63 Snell Parade
Durban, Kwazulu Natal 4001
South Africa

Current Agenda

The day-long forum on December 1, 2011 will bring together journalists, bloggers, press officers, academics and scientists, IT firms and other communications experts. This event is aimed at exchanging insights, lessons learned and innovative new approaches on how to spread news and information about climate change accurately and effectively.

Topics include:

  • Are Traditional Attempts at Climate Communications Useless?
  • Brave New Warming World – How Do Innovations in Information and Communications
  • Technology Factor Into Preventing and Adapting to Climate Change?
  • Communications Marketplace and Breakout Sessions
  • What Are, and What Aren't, Governments Doing to Communicate on Climate Change?

Registration is free for Climate Communications Day (Attendance is limited)

Climate Change Communication

Climate change has been and remains a difficult topic to communicate. The science behind it is complex. The global scale and long-term nature of its impacts make it difficult to report on at the local level. Even extreme weather events, scientists say, cannot automatically be ascribed to climate change. The future consequences of climate change, although likely dire, remain shrouded in varying degrees of uncertainty.

The event will feature panel discussions featuring the world's leading experts speaking on the latest trends in climate communications, best practices when communicating stories at the local level, training in IT tools, an exploration of how technology is being used to address climate change, an exploration of what member states can and should be doing regarding climate communications, and more.


Internews is a media development organization that works with the local media worldwide to give the communities they serve the information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard. Working in some of the most difficult environments around the world, Internews collaborates with international donors and local civil society organizations to adapt new technologies and pioneers innovative methodologies to meet the information needs or communities around the world.

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