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SIGNIS World Congress 2009: Looking Back and Forward

Brussels, December 1, 2009 (SIGNIS) - From 17 to 21 October 2009, more than 600 media and development professionals, Catholic communicators and young people urged the media to stand up for children at the SIGNIS World Congress in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is now time to look back at a “Congress for change” that was all about looking forward – to the children and tomorrow’s promise. We invite you to visit our website where you can download all documents relating to the Congress, including keynotes, newsletters and Peter Malone’s book on The Emergence of SIGNIS, find all the articles about the Congress, look at the videos about children’s rights produced by the VJs, SIGNIS and BICE, and view all the photos of the main events including the opening ceremony, (...) read more

"Connecting People": Highlights of the SIGNIS World Congress 2009

London, November 23, 2009 (Jim McDonnell) - One of the highlights of the SIGNIS World Congress in Chiang Mai was the media workshop involving a hundred local children. Its title was Children’s Voices on the Rise, a title exemplified when the children challenged the participants at the end of the meeting. Gathered together on stage, they demanded: “We are the children of the world. Do you listen to our voices?” Founder of the Pastoral of Children Dr Zilda Arns (right) with SIGNIS Vice-President Gustavo Andújar Unfortunately, it seems that the world’s adults have selective hearing. At the start of the Congress, the International Catholic Child bureau, BICE, launched a video promoting its Appeal for Childhood. The Appeal highlighted how, in spite of the fact that all but two countries (...) read more

Statement from SIGNIS on the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Brussels, November 20, 2009 (SIGNIS) - "We are the children of the world. Do you listen to our voices?" asked more than a hundred children at the recent SIGNIS World Congress in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Congress theme was "Media for a Culture of Peace – Children’s Rights, Tomorrow’s Promise" and the event with over 650 participants featured the energetic contribution of 10 young video journalists from several Asian countries as well as a hundred children from three schools in the Chiang Mai area. "Children are growing up in a digital world and we as Catholic media professionals have a special responsibility to ensure their rights are respected and their voices heard," said SIGNIS President Augustine Loorthusamy. Therefore, in answer to the children’s challenge, we, as a worldwide (...) read more