City of Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Global Forum for Media Development in Athens
The City of Athens and the Athens Tourism and Economic Development Company (ATEDCo) welcome the Global Forum for Media Development to Athens from 7 to 10 December 2008.
The Global Forum for Media Development is a network of approximately 500 non-governmental media assistance organisations, operating in about 100 countries of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia and the Americas, and supporting the development of independent media at the community, national and regional levels.
More than 500 media experts from approximately 100 countries have been invited to take part in the Second Global Forum for Media Development, to develop common strategies for media development and to ensure that the freedom, independence and plurality of the media are at the core of development programmes. The goal of the Global Forum for Media Development is networking, and this goal is constantly consolidated via collaboration, substantiation, professionalism and the transfer of technical knowledge and best practices. The main goal of the GFMD is to ensure that the media assistance providers from Asia, Africa, the Middle East/North Africa and Latin America fully involve themselves in the debate on media development strategies, defining their objectives goals and analyzing the impact of media assistance programmes.
Eminent speakers, such as Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, have been invited to participate in the conference, as have high-level representatives from the United Nations, UNESCO, the World Bank and various intergovernmental institutions and organisations. In addition, during the conference, senior media executives and important representatives from a wide range of media development organisations will present their innovative ideas to ensure the sustainability of independent media and media development goals.
The Athens Forum will be a continuation of the first global conference of international journalism organisations, which was held in Amman, Jordan, in October 2005. More than 400 participants attended and agreed to the set of principles which now form the basis of the GFMD's work.
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