Media frenzy!

June 5th, 2007

Well it is day three in Germany – what have we been up to?

Yesterday we attended the press conference and got a general feel of how things work. Having never attended an event like this before, and certainly never been working at one, it is fascinating to see what goes on behind the scenes. With some journalists clamouring for interviews, others running around waving papers in the air and some who are permanently attached to their mobile phone, it is hard to leave without being infected by the buzz and excitement of the place.

Later in the afternoon Tinashe did an interview with an Italian journalist who he spoke to about the work of Practical Action and also the role of the World Bank and the funding of fossil fuel projects.

Today is the launch of the alternative summit. Organised by a large coalition of NGOs the summit aims to provide a forum in which ideas about alternative solutions to problems facing the world can be discussed. There is a whole host of workshops planned on a wide range of topics, three of which Tinashe will be speaking at tomorrow.

The launch event for the summit will be this evening and includes speeches by a number of high profile guests, such as Jean Ziegler, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. It promises to be an evening of lively debate and one which we hope will include the issue of climate change.

But for now it is back to work!!

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