Journalists

The International Seminar for Journalists on Agenda 21: A New Model for Development held on 26-28 July 1993 in Costa Rica, was sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Earth Council, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Organization of American States (OAS). During the Seminar, Latin American journalists analyzed the role of the press in the implementation of the new development model proposed in Agenda 21.

Journalists for the Environment of Kenya (JEK) is an independent voluntary non-political organization seeking to elevate environmental issues into national and international agendas. Members are drawn from practicing journalists in newspapers, magazines, radio and TV, and associate membership is open to other professionals, while other NGOs qualify for institutional membership. JEK counts among its aims the enhancement of environmental communication as a vital component of the development process through establishment of an information and resource centre where journalists or researchers can compile accurate media reports.

Zambian journalists have formed a non-governmental organization, the Forum for Environment Communications, to promote environmental protection. The journalists want to enhance protection of the environment through specialized articles on environmental issues. Membership in the organization is open to all Zambian journalists and other professionals. The group is currently seeking funds from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to enable it to start promotion in Zambia.

The African Council for Communication Education (ACCE) held its 9th Biennial Conference in Accra, Ghana, from 16-23 October 1994. The theme for the meeting was Media and Sustainable Development. The purpose of the conference was to address various issues related to media, communication, environment and sustainable development, including global partnerships, interdependence, gender issues, education and training, population and other related issues.