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UNFCCC/CDM Pan-African Radio Contest 2011
In the run-up to the international climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is pleased to announce the launch of a radio contest under the theme “Changing Lives”.
The winners will be invited to travel to Durban to take part in a two-week programme of briefings and workshop sessions to coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference (November 28 - December 9, 2011), at which the countries of the world will be working hard to develop a global response to the challenge of climate change.
The radio contest is open to all broadcasters and freelancers in Africa and is intended to raise awareness about climate change issues and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.
The CDM is a market-based mechanism that allows emission-reduction projects in developing countries to earn tradable and saleable credits that can be used by industrialized countries to meet a part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol.
CDM projects are helping local communities in Africa by providing opportunities for sustainable development, creating employment or increased economic activity, improving air quality, and transferring technology, among other benefits.
We invite you to grab your microphone and recording device and create a compelling, exciting radio story that answers the following question:
“How can my community/city/country benefit from the CDM?”
The stories can fall into two categories:
(1) Those that relate to a specific, “registered” CDM project (see information below on how to locate registered projects); and
(2) Those that do not relate to a specific registered project, but which explore the potential benefits of CDM for community/city/country (see information below on how to locate the offices of CDM designated national authorities).
Radio stories will be judged on originality, technical excellence, clarity of message, thoroughness of investigation, level of professionalism and presentation skills. The “Wow Factor” is also very important, so we’ll be looking for radio stories able to generate and hold interest.
Entries must be received no later than 10 August 2011.
Submissions must be:
Short-listed entrants will be asked to submit copies in broadcast quality, more specifically in uncompressed audio formats such as wav.
Selection and final judging will be based on the following criteria:
Submitted radio stories will undergo an initial screening by the contest organizers. The top 20 radio stories will be scored by a panel of five judges, and the judges’ scores will be averaged to produce a final score. In the event of a tie for highest score, the entry with the higher artistic merit (wow factor) score will be deemed the winner.
The judges will be drawn from the fields of broadcasting, civil society, and the arts. The names of the judges will be posted after the closing of the contest. The panel’s decisions will be final and no correspondence will be accepted.
Conditions and Rules of Contest
By entering this contest, the radio journalists/producers indicate that they have read the rules and conditions of the contest and accept the terms listed below:
How to submit your radio story
Once you have produced your radio story, please contact the Contest Focal Point. You will be given a user name and password to transfer your file via the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) software.
Ms. Irini Roumboglou
Contest Focal Point
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat
53175, Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 228 815 1670
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