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Bloggers First Today at UN for Leadership Meeting on Climate Change

The U.N. Foundation and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are now allowing “leading bloggers” into U.N. proceedings. Eleven bloggers were to be live blogging “The Future In Our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change” today in NYC. The event included major figures Al Gore and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

According to the press release, “Together these bloggers reach an audience of more than 6 million people a month, all over the world. Participants in the “blog day” hosted by the UN Foundation at the UN are: Brian Beutler, Gristmill.grist.com; Jasmin Chua, Treehugger.com; Mark Goldberg, UN Dispatch.com; Blake Hounshell, ForeignPolicy.com; Joel Johnson, gadgets.boingboing.net; Ezra Klein, www.prospect.org/weblog; Sameer Lalwani, The Washington Note.com; Juliana Rotich, Global Voices Online.com; Kate Sheppard, stopglobalwarming.msn.com; Kay Steiger, Campus Progress.org; and Matthew Yglesias, matthewyglesias.theatlantic.com.” Proceedings can be found on their blogs and at the UN Dispatch site.

All I can say is it’s about time a) the UN is taking on this serious discussion in this manner and b) they invited bloggers to cover it.