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Sponsorship for Journalists to Attend the UNCCD COP 10, Changwon, Republic of Korea

The UNCCD secretariat will sponsor the participation of a total of four developing country journalists, drawn from the Africa, Asia & the Pacific and the Latin America & the Caribbean regions, to the tenth session of the Conference of the Parties that will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 10-21October 2011. The secretariat will cover the travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the conference. 

Journalists wishing to be considered for such sponsorship should submit the following: 
a)        An article with their byline on one of the issues covered by the Convention, specifically, combatting desertification and land degradation and mitigating the effects of drought 
b)        an article with their byline that has been published in a reputable media outlet; a global media outlet is a distinct advantage 
c)        a letter of support from the journalist’s bureau chief or primary media for which they are reporting 

Applications received by midnight, Friday, 30 September 2011, will be considered. The candidates selected will be informed by Monday, 3 October 2011. As indicated in the registration document, applicants should be able to travel so as to arrive in Changwon by 9 October 2011. 

The candidates selected will participate in a half-day media briefing on the COP10 session, which will take place from 8:30am-12:45pm on Monday, 10 October. Independence of the media is guaranteed in the coverage of the COP10 session, but journalists are expected to dedicate their time to the coverage the event. 

Requests for sponsorship should be emailed to:, with the following subject line: Application for Sponsorship to UNCCD COP10. ** DISCLAIMER **
This e-mail, and any attachments included, may contain confidential information and/or copyright material. Any views or opinions presented are solely those of the author of this email and do not necessarily represent those of United Nations Convention To Combat Desertification (UNCCD). It is intended only for the recipients named above. Any copying, distribution, dissemination, disclosure or use of this message or its contents unless authorized by UNCCD is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify UNCCD ICT Services at ict (@) immediately. 


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