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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

BICC Workshop at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2013

"The Future of Growth – Economic Values and the Media" is the issue of the sixth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum from 17 to 19 June 2013 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). On 18 June, BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) will conduct the workshop “Commodities and Foreign Investors—Protecting the Rights of Communities and Conflict Prevention (the Chad example)”.

Why has oil wealth not been translated into development for Chad? How have ten years of oil exploitation influenced conflicts in Chad? How can civil monitoring capacities of governments, civil society and international bodies be enhanced to better understand the ramifications of natural resources extraction in conflict regions? How can the media convey information and knowledge, which could contribute to educating and sensitizing the stakeholders in the region as well as the consumers in the North? These and other questions will be discussed by:

  • Delphine Djiraibe, Co-Founder, Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, Chad
  • Dr. Korinna Horta, International Finance, Human Rights and Environment Campaigner, Urgewald, Washington/Lisbon, United States/Portugal
  • Fabian Selg, Freelance Researcher associated to BICC, Bonn, Germany
  • Martin Zint, Journalist, Mühltal, Germany

Lena Guesnet, Researcher at BICC, Germany, will moderate the workshop “Commodities and Foreign Investors—Protecting the Rights of Communities and Conflict Prevention (the Chad example)”. It will take place on 18 June, 4 p.m.

The sixth Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum underlines that sustainable economic development and the role of growth have long been sociopolitical issues in which the media play an important role. On the one hand they are to deliver information and knowledge to broadly educate and sensitize the general public. On the other hand, they are expected to be watchdogs, spotlighting problems and holding those responsible accountable for their actions. How can the media meet those expectations? The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum will provide the setting to develop interdisciplinary approaches to building an economy fit for the future.

Experts from the fields of politics, business, finance, culture, academia, civil society and the media will jointly explore fundamental concerns, such as: What opportunities are presented by new economic values? Is growth imperative to increasing prosperity? How can the media help to raise awareness of sustainable consumption and responsible use of resources? How can fair competition be assured at local, regional, national and international levels? Can interaction between stakeholders be improved? What potential do digital media have to inspire interactive participation in the economic dialogue, especially among younger generations?

Program information as well as registration for the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum "The Future of Growth – Economic Values and the Media"