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World Electronic Media Forum - 1st day

The World Media Electronic Forum (WEMF) was an event of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which took place from 10.-12.12.2003 in Geneva (SUI), in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Switzerland, host country of the summit.

Five interesting major sessions over two days explored the present and future opportunities of media in the information society, with particular reference to the key role of media and television, universal access to information, freedom of expression, cultural diversity, economic development, social cohesion and education. 

network4events coordinated and controlled the five major sessions between the involved tv-production company and the executive secretariat of the WEMF. 

09.12.2013: WEMF Opening session

Moderators: 

> Christine Ockrent, producer and anchor for programs on France 3 Television, TV5 and for Swedish network MTV
> Riz Khan, Senior news anchor for CNN International 

Speakers:

> Shashi Tharoor, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communication and Public Information
> Kofi A. Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
> Pascal Couchepin, President of the Swiss Confederation
> Arne Wessberg, President, European Broadcasting Union
> Peter Matlare, Group Chief Executive SABC
> José Roberto Marinho, Co-Chairman of Globo Organizations
> Fritz F. Pleitgen, Director General of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk and Vice-President of the EBU
> Fred Cohen, President of IATAS
> Katsuij Ebisawa, President of Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) and Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
> Hassan Mohamed Hamed, Chairman and CEO of the Egyptian Radio & Television Union (ERTU)

09.12.2013: Session 1 - World violence, media violence

Moderator:

> Denise Epote-Durand, TV5 Afrique

Speakers:

> Ravi Shankar Prasad, Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting
> Markus Schaechter, Director-General, ZDF
> Serge Tisseron, psychiatrist, University of Paris at Nanterre
> Henrikas Yushkiavitshus, UNESCO Adviser to the Director General
> Armin Walpen, Director General, SRG SSR idée suisse
> Mohammad Honardoost, Vice-President, communications International Affairs, IRIB-Iran
> Marcel Granier, President of the Board of Directors and General Manager Radio Caracas Television (RCTV)
> Serge Théophile Balima, University of Ouagadougou