The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, AMARC, in collaboration with Media@McGill, partners and stakeholders, organises the international symposium « 25th Anniversary of AMARC : Development and Empowerment through Community Radio »
November 7th, 2008
at the McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre,
3450, McTavish Street,
The symposium will be covered by Radio Centre-Ville, CKUT and other community radios and webstreamed for the world AMARC community radio network www.amarc.org where it will also be available as a podcast. For further information and to register, please visit: www.amarc.org/montreal
It was in Montreal that community radio activists met, in August 1983, for the first World Assembly of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), to realise that the event reflected the existence of an embryonic world movement of community radios. Since then and after nine World Assemblies, the community radio movement has become a substantial and recognised global communication sector that has a vital social impact in making the world a better place.
AMARC has accompanied the emergence of community radio as a world sector of broadcast and has decided to transform its 25th anniversary into an occasion to reflect with partners and stakeholders on how to increase community radio effectiveness to combat poverty, exclusion and voicelessness and to promote social justice, comunication and human rights, gender equality and peaceful transformation.
The international symposium « 25th Anniversary of AMARC : Development and Empowerment through Community Radio » will gather community radio practitioners, partners and stakeholders from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It consists on an opening reflection on the achievements of the community radio movement since 1983; followed by three knowledge exchange sessions on links between communication, human development, communication rights and social justice; a plenary to debate the Montreal Declaration; followed by a Recognition Ceremony to Community Radio Practitioners for the 25th anniversary of AMARC and a concluding plenary open to all with Amy Goodman as the keynote speaker.
The concluding plenary, is open to all and participants will move to Leacock - Room 132, 855 Sherbrooke St West. Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 115 countries. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation. http://www.amarc.org