U.N. Effort Tries to Get More Press for Underdeveloped Countries

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By: E&P Staff

The United Nations announced today the launch of its ?Global Media Compact,? an effort to local and international newspapers to give greater coverage to issues of development related to the world?s least developed countries.

In a partnership with U.S.-based company MediaGlobal, the UN envoy for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States Anwarul Chowdhury hopes to raise international awareness of poverty, disease, and hunger in these countries through feature stories in newspapers.

?We hope to see articles that are holistic in a sense, and not biased,? said a spokesman for the UN office. ?We hope editors will devote coverage to developmental issues within LDCs on an ongoing basis, not just during an emergency.?

Although not regulatory, the Compact?s Seven Point Program aims to create a network of newspapers that will commit to spreading information and furthering initiatives to raise consciousness of issues impacting these countries. The UN spokesmen said that MediaGlobal will soon be contact specific newspapers and editors to ask them to make a pledge to the Global Media Compact.

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