EcoHealth Forum 2008

In a globalized world in which trade agreements and the war on terrorism run the political agenda, equally important issues such as environment and health sadly take a backseat. This is why conferences like the International EcoHealth Forum 2008 are essential in bringing environment and health concerns to the forefront and building global awareness on how these forces are shaping the lives of future generations.

It is the perfect opportunity to move forward the mandate of the Commission for the Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the body created under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to ensure U.S., Canada and Mexico enforce their environmental laws. After all, promoting a healthy environment is what makes this planet safer.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Diodora Bucur and I am a Canadian journalist based in Mexico. I am writing in hopes of convincing you that I am a candidate worthy of covering the International EcoHealth Forum 2008 in Merida this December.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I hold a bachelor in broadcast journalism from Concordia University and I am fluent in English, French, Romanian and Spanish. I am the recipient of several national and international awards. In 2005, I earned an Honourable Mention from the Quebec Community Newspapers Association for a series on waste management and recycling in Montreal.

Since my arrival in Mexico two years ago, I have been doing work for the Canadian Press and English-language dailies The Herald Mexico and The News. Assignments included Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s visit to Ottawa in October 2006, followed by former foreign affairs minister Peter MacKay´s trip to Mexico City. I also covered the 25th anniversary of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and contributed to reports on the Merida and Montebello summits in 2007. As a reporter in Montreal, I worked in both print (The Suburban) and radio (940News). Environment and healthcare were among my top beats.

I am currently working on several environmental stories, including a piece on Chapala Lake, Mexico’s largest lake and among the most contaminated natural treasures, assignments that have allowed me to both become acquainted with green issues in this developing nation and learn from the expertise of prominent Mexican environmentalists.

I have a natural ability to work well under pressure and with others, can handle multiple stories simultaneously and deliver them quickly and accurately. I am confident that my skills and experience make me the perfect candidate for the job.