UN global health talk continues: summit begins in NY today

Global Health, Media bulletins

Bulletin to UN conference accredited media

Thank you for your interest in the 63rd UN DPI NGO global health conference held in Melbourne recently. We appreciate the efforts of all the accredited journalists.

I’m writing to report back on the media coverage, and to alert you to the Secretary General’s summit starting in New York later today. Several Australians are in New York for the summit.

Phil Batterham, co-director of the Melbourne conference, is in New York for activities around the summit and the associated activities. He hopes that:

1. the closing declaration from the Melbourne conference will get traction

2. the Melbourne conference call for a debt moratorium for Pakistan will be heard in New York.

He is joined by Patrick Ip and Peter Willis. They are using Twitter and Facebook and the Making Health Global web site to attract attention to what is happening in NY and connect it back to what happened in Melbourne.

Phil is available for interview on +61 (418) 598 562 or p.batterham@unimelb.edu.au

You can read more about the summit at www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/ and you can join the Making Health Global campaign at http://makinghealthglobal.com.au/

What happened in Melbourne?

You were one of over 150 accredited journalists for the conference. We appreciate the effort that many journalists went to, to bring the conference and global health issues to life for your audiences.

The media results included:

  • Daily coverage on national television and radio via the ABC, SBS and Channel Ten
  • Daily coverage on Radio Australia and Australia Television in the Asia Pacific with over thirty interviews with conference delegates.
  • A dozen stories on Australia’s national news agency AAP
  • Feature coverage in The Age
  • Wide print, radio and online coverage with nearly 300 stories monitored so far
  • A media website with sixty media releases including 40 from NGOs and extensive resources including over a thousand photos.
  • The social networking results included:
  • A conference and public program website with integrated twitter, facebook and flickr feeds that attracted about 1,000 unique visitors
  • A twitter and facebook campaign that so far has made over a million impressions reaching nearly 100,000 people with tweets from hundreds of people


We have compiled a summary of stories in a google docs spreadsheet at: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AjO36Wa-O24edDUxMjhmdHhQUDdTeGhQLTJNVDhNTEE&hl=en&authkey=CKfFr98F

This list is a work in progress. Please let me know of any stories we have missed.

Kind regards,



Niall Byrne
Science in Public

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