IPS Director General participated in the 5th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Global Forum that took place in Vienna (February 27-28), entitled “Responsible Leadership in Diversity and Dialogue”. President Al-Nasser, president of the IPS Board, took up his new appointment as High Representative of the Alliance in Vienna.
Participants included political leaders, representatives of international and regional bodies, the private sector, civil society groups, youth, arts, and the media as well as donor agencies and foundations that explored new ways of promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding.
Read IPS stories from and about the event at the Civilizations find Alliances mini site.
Lubetkin moderated the session ‘Diversity of Media Content’. The panellists were Malu Viana Batista, Executive Director of Television America Latina, Milica Pesic, Head of the Media Diversity Institute, Patagaw Talimalaw, Secretariat General of World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network, Galina Petriashvili, President of Gender, Media Caucasus and Pascale Thumerelle, Vice President of Sustainable Development Vivendi.
The session dealt with questions concerning the role of the government in ensuring diversity and media, how journalists can diversify the media’s approach as well as best practices developed by the media industry.
One of the best practice examples was mentioned by Malu Viana Batista who highlighted the cooperative exchange of content between all Latin American countries on Television America Latina to build bridges and strengthen cultural and public communities in the region.
Within this context of strengthening cultural and indigenous communities and their media, Patagaw Talimalaw stressed the need to understand who these people are and give them their own independent media to promote (or recover) their culture and language, and bring their insights and perspectives to the general public.
In the discussion the need to strengthen local capacities for content production, including minorities contributing to mainstream media on issues that are relevant for all of society, was put on the table. It was stated that diversity in the media room would result in more diversity of media content. Business interest
could serve as a catalyst for sustainable integration of diversity in media and the arts.
Finally, Lubetkin concluded with two recommendations for the media business, suggesting the creation of synergies to push for diversity and developing a glossary on reporting diversity and AoC themes.
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