Virtual Exhibit at Johannesburg Summit to Provide Window on the World
New York, 9 August If participants at the World Summit on Sustainable
Development should ever lose touch with "the real world," the Virtual
Exhibit webcast during the Summit will restore the connection, bringing real
world problems and solutions to the Sandton Convention Center in
The Exhibit will allow live links to sustainable development projects all
across the globe, and will allow people-presidents, prime ministers, NGOs and
CEOs-at the Summit to talk to people in the field. And anyone with access to
the Internet, anywhere, can watch.
As a result of the Exhibit, Johannesburg Summit Secretary-General Nitin Desai
has called Johannesburg "the first truly interactive world summit."
He added "We hope to bring the world to Johannesburg. We want to make the
thousands of summit delegates aware that there are people in the field doing
innovative things in the pursuit of sustainable development and give those
people a chance to participate in the summit process."
The Exhibit's website, www.virtualexhibit.net, is already up and running with more
than 75 featured sustainable development projects that have already had a
measurable result, and UNDP co-manager, Erik Davies, says he expects the site
to highlight about 100 projects by the time of the Summit. Many more were
submitted that were screened out because they did not exactly meet the criteria
post on the site.
"We wanted to have a showcase for sustainable development," Davies
said. "We want to give people an idea of best practices and fairly useful
approaches to sustainable development." The projects range from efforts to
promote electrification through photovoltaic cell to the more efficient
collection of rainwater to the sustainable production of palm oil.
These projects will serve as the focus of Exhibit's webcast programming, and
will be featured in the live link-ups, interviews with delegates, as well as in
videos. Participation of world leaders in the Virtual Exhibit is expected
during the high-level segment of the Summit from 2-4 September.
The Exhibition, launched in April, is the product of a partnership between the
United Nations Development Programme, Business Action for Sustainable
Development, and the United Nations Foundation.
The web-casting facilities for the Virtual Exhibition, known as the
"Cube," are nearing completion at the Convention Center and current
plans call for the programming to be seen on two large screens on the first and
second floors. Efforts are also underway to install screens outside the
Convention Center, at the business center and the Ubuntu Village. A one hour
summary each day will fed directly to televisions around the Summit area. In
addition, portions of the webcast are likely to be featured on television
networks through South African Broadcasting Corporation.
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