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Suman Basnet <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 21 Nov 2010 10:18:39 +0545
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AMARC10 Conference Sets High Objectives for Community Radio Movement

13 November 2010, La Plata, Argentina. The tenth Global Conference of
Community Radio broadcasters, AMARC10, hosted by AMARC Argentina, gathered
together more than 500 community radio broadcasters and stakeholders from 87
countries in la Plata, Argentina, in what was the first global conference to
be held in South America. Speaking in the closing ceremony of AMARC 10,
María Pía Matta, the new president of AMARC, called for increased solidarity
for persecuted community radio broadcasters and deepening the social impact
of community radio to face the challenges of humanity in the 21st Century.

The weeklong conference participated by grassroots broadcasters and
activists and well-known freedom of expression advocates and communicators;
adopted the la Plata declaration, elected the members of the international
Board of Directors of AMARC global network; gave, in its sixth edition, the
solidarity prize to the Haitian community radios for their role in
supporting the population after the February 2010 earthquake. AMARC 10 also
adopted the strategic lines of action for 2011-2014 assembling in part the
rich content exchanges and recommendations from plenary, seminars and
workshops on reinforcing the social impact of community radio in
development, democratization and recognition of diversity of societies; on
creating enabling environments for community radio development and; on
ensuring social, economic and political sustainability of the sector at
local, regional and international levels.

The new board of directors of AMARC following AMARC 10 is composed by:
Maria Pia Matta, President, Chile.
Emmanuel Boutterin, Deputy President, France.
Franklin Huizies, Treasurer, South Africa.
Marcelo Solervicens, Secretary General.
Maria Eugenia Chávez, Vicepresident for the Women International Network,
Ashish Sen, Vicepresident for Asia-Pacific Region, India.
Oumar Seck Ndiaye, Vicepresident for Africa, Senegal.
Carlos Aparicio, Vicepresident for Latin America & Caribbean, Mexico.
Sony Esteus, Vicepresident, Haiti.
Silvia Richardson, Vicepresident, Canada.
Wilna Quarmine, Vice president, Ghana.
Sawsan Zaida, Vicepresident, Jordan.

The AMARC 10 Conference ended in the locality of Moron in symbolic homage to
the memory of Argentina's disappeared during the latest military
dictatorship in Argentina and recalling the importance of communication
rights in building democratic societies. For further information, please
visit http://amarc10.amarc.org 

About AMARC:
AMARC is an international non-governmental organization serving the
community radio movement in over 110 countries, and advocating for the right
to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood
levels. AMARC has an International Secretariat in Montreal. It has regional
sections in Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific and offices in
Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Brussels, and Kathmandu. For more information,
please contact us at [log in to unmask] 



Suman Basnet

Regional Coordinator 

AMARC Asia Pacific 

Kathmandu, Nepal 

Fax: +977 1 5521714

Phone: +977 1 5554811

 <http://asiapacific.amarc.org> http://asiapacific.amarc.org