Catholic media association plans world congress on children's rights

'Children's Rights' will be the focus of the 2009 World Congress of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication. The Congress will highlight issues affecting children and media and encourage communicators to make children's rights a priority in their work. At its meeting in Bucharest, Romania, the Board of SIGNIS chose 'Media for a Culture of Peacem  Children's Rights, Tomorrow's Promise' as the theme for the Congress to be held in Asia in November 2009.

The President of SIGNIS, Augustine Loorthusamy commented "This Congress will bring together around 500 communication professionals from over 130 countries to debate and showcase how the media can help shape a world in which children's rights are promoted and defended. Children and young people around the world will make their contribution to the Congress.

SIGNIS adopted the theme of a Culture of Peace at its last Assembly in Lyon in 2005. Since then Catholic communicators around the world have been working to realise the aims of the UN international decade for a culture of peace and non-violence for the children of the world. As the decade draws to an end in 2010, we hope this Congress will highlight the continuing need to promote children's rights and a culture of peace."

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