IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
July 4th, 2012
TerraVivaIPS gathered a team of 16 journalists – one of the biggest foreign press delegations – from around the world to provide daily reporting in English, Portuguese and Spanish from Rio de Janeiro starting from June 13th and packaged as TerraViva Rio+20.

The team, led by associate Editor-in-Chief Diana Cariboni, reported from the main venues including Riocentro, site of the official negotiations, the People’s Summit in Barra da Tijuca, from Flamengo park, universities, cultural centres and legislative buildings as well as reporting from favelas in the outskirts of the city and on sustainable development initiatives in rural areas.

TerraViva published 3 printed editions (June 20-22) of 16-page newspapers in full-colour in English and Portuguese. You can download them at The 10,000 daily copies were distributed among participants and delegates at Riocentro, Flamengo park, Parque dos Atletas and along the main civil society marches.

TerravViva was the only independent newspaper at Rio+20, and this is how it celebrated its 20th year since it was first launched at the Earth Summit in 1992, in Rio de Janiero.

Social media was an important way to share the news, starting well before the conference on IPS Twitter and Facebook accounts. This included special efforts for the multimedia Reframing Rio project with partners TVE, IIED, IFAD and Connect4Climate and with the COM + alliance, including coordinating social media strategies. As a result, IPS Facebook reach for the months of May and June almost doubled. Additionally, IPS and partner Envolverde e-mailed special newsletters to more than a hundred thousand subscribers in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Close to two hundred thousand page-views for the Rio coverage were registered just on the IPS websites. New and old IPS news partners featured IPS content from Rio including The Guardian in the UK, National Geographic’s News Watch and All Africa.

Journalist Training

Participants listen to IFAD PResident, Dr. Kanayo F Nwanze, on the first day of the reporting workshop in Rio de Janeiro

As part of a year-long global training initiative on Reporting Rural Poverty, IPS together with Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) and IFAD brought twenty international journalists to Rio to focus on food and agriculture issues, and the perspectives of smallholder farmers.

After a full day of training on the 19th, IPS and TRF trainers supported the trainees as they covered the Summit, including private briefings with IFAD President Dr Kanayo F Nwanze, Greenpeace head Kumi Naidoo and other experts as well as local capacity-building partners Envolverde and Tierramerica.

You can read featured coverage on the issues in TerraViva here and a thoughtful account of how the Pakistani and Egyptian trainees fared here #RioPlus20.

Furthermore, with the support of COM +, three IPS journalists joined the team reporting from the GLOBE first World Summit of Legislators that immediately preceded the official conference, contributing to an independent supplement about the event in the first printed edition of TerraViva.


IPS announced WebTV in Rio, as reported in our earlier post.

IPS was a co-organizer with Soka Gakkai (SGI) of the event “The Future We Create: An interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on the role of education and learning toward a sustainable future. IPS Regional Director for Latin America Joaquin Costanzo participated.

Agro-forestry Coordinating Association of Indigenous Peoples and Farmers seminar.

Costanzo was also invited to moderate the seminar on agro-forestry organized by the Agro-forestry Coordinating Association of Indigenous Peoples and Farmers (ACICAFOC) of Central America and in particular Costa Rica, represented by its Environment Minister Rene Castro.

Thalif Deen participated at the TVE/IIED Seminar “Sustainable development: what’s the story?” with the participation of many journalists and NGOs, interested to learn about story ideas for Rio+20.

Other activities where Diana Cariboni, Joaquin Costanzo and Sabina Zaccaro participated on behalf of IPS were the Free Media Social Forum on June 16-17, TVE’s film presentation, the COM+ Steering Committee and working with the Milan Expo 2015 team.

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