Posted by: bklunk | December 4, 2006

Talk, Talk?

The Day After Rome: Adapting Rome Consensus to Local Contexts

http://www.wsp.org/06_FeaturedStories.asp?FeatureID=196

Over 1000 prefessionals from over 90 countries, among them academia, policy-makes, and communication practitioners came together on October 23-25 2006 at the First World Congress on Communication for Development in Rome. Key organizers were the government of Italy, the World Bank, Development Communication Division, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Communication for Development group and the Communication Initiative Network. Key topics discussed were Good Governance, Participation and Transparency, Health in time of Poverty, and Communication in Sustainable Development.

In this meeting the participants have demonstrated the importance and world concern over sustainable development, and the perceived need to act in concert to meet new challenges our environment is facing. It is a step in the right direction, though the effectiveness of the conference depends on the messages the participants take home.

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Responses

  1. That last sentence is a very true one. Though people meet all the time to discuss great things, and can come up with great ideas for improvement, what really matters is whether or not the things that were discussed are now put into action. If in this case they are, some tremendously great things could happen. Rome’s improvement could include Good Governance, Participation and Transparency, Health in time of Poverty, and Communication in Sustainable Development. It is exciting to see the government of Italy, the World Bank, Development Communication Division, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Communication for Development group and the Communication Initiative Network all getting together to see that this improvement takes place.

  2. I agree with Kelly it is a very good first step towards addressing some of the problems facing the world. Now they those involved must be willing to act on the conclusions these great minds came to during this conference. Many major conferences throughout the world have the right mind set, but many fail to act. All of these problems facing the environment will continue to grow without action being taken. Overall this is a good first step.

  3. I also agree that the last sentence in the blog is key. This IS a great step in the right direction but it all depends on what the people take with them and if anyone begins to take action. Unfortunately it seems to be this way with a lot of issues; you would hope that meeting with people and organizations to solve world problems would produce the desired effects but it is a long journey in every situation. It requires policy and policy requires money. I think that it is great that these groups such as the government of Italy and the World Bank, and food and agriculture organizations are participating. In order to cover all the areas and have resources we need a variety of organizations to help contribute both fiscally and idea-wise. Hopefully with this combination of key actors people WILL take action and will follow through with their plans and ideas. Perhaps it is just a matter of rallying support.

  4. With all the problems our world is facing today its good to see professionals from all over the world come together and address these issues. I was surprised and hopeful that the enviroment was on their list. Global warming is an international issue and it always good to see it addressed.

  5. The environmental problem we face is catching the eye of more and more professionals and policy makers across the world which is obviously a great thing. However, I think for such a pro-environmental movement to be successful, the average Joe’s, the common citizens of each country, need to become involved in solving this growing problem. It is up to them to put the pressure on policy makers and force actual change. Until the average citizen begins to feel or see the negative effectives of global warming with their own eyes, they will continue to shrug it off and leave it for future generations. The rise in gas prices certainly sucks, but is sure caught average Joe’s attention and caused him to ask “why aren’t we doing anything about this oil problem?” The media does such a good job bringing other concerns to the population’s attention; I think they should do the same regarding global warming. Then we will serious action on the part of policy makers.

  6. With all of the very recent examples in the international community of countries always being at opposite ends of the spectrum on issues, it is a positive step to see so many such representative groups meet to discuss such key issues as environment and development. Cooperation and communication on this level is imperative to keep the international community healthy and active, let’s just hope that the purposes and ideas behind such a conference were met, and as the last sentence states “the effectiveness of the conference depends on the messages the participants take home.”

  7. “It is a step in the right direction, though the effectiveness of the conference depends on the messages the participants take home.” Almost everyday we read of hear of various conferences taking place in the world, but very little actions follow to embliment the ideaologies discussed at this meetings. I think that the last sentence in from this blog (which is stated above) would be the determinig factor between this conference and others.

  8. I guess that the conference was held is a good first step, but it seems to me that Tar’s right that there have been over the years a lot of similar good ‘first’ steps. To just echo what most have already said the true measurement of the success of this conference will be what concrete actions (if any) can arise from it. Talks are good but actions are better.


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