The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) have chose Bali for their next international summit November 24-27, 2005. A non-governmental association comprised of 3,000 broadcasters from 106 countries, AMARC supports the development of community broadcasting as a means of cultural expression as well as for the dissemination of news and information. Working to bring broadcasting capabilities to marginalized groups, AMARC's programs supports "democracy, human rights, good governance, empowerment of women, respect for diversity and the rights of vulnerable groups."
According to the AMARC web site, the main objectives of the group's first Asia-Pacific Conference in Bali are:
• To evaluate the situation of community radio in Asia and the Pacific and to explore how best practices elsewhere can be adopted or replicated in the region.
• To define the main challenges and develop concrete strategies to create an enabling environment for community radio growth in the region.
• To develop a plan of action for the Asia-Pacific section of the AMARC Women’s International Network.
• To develop a Strategic Plan of Action taking into account how community radio can help in achieving development objectives for the Asia-Pacific region.
• To adopt the statutes of AMARC Asia-Pacific as a regional entity, to elect a Regional Board and to organize the region and sub-regional entities as needed.
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200 participants are expected at the Bali AMARC conference. Registration costs US$125 for AMARC members and US$175 for non-members.
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