UNDP supports development journalism in Ghana

Aug 26, 2015

UNDP Communications Analyst presents an award to Mr. Samuel Akapule of the Ghana News Agency (Photo credit: Patience Folley)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has supported the 20th Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) awards ceremony with an amount of Ten Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢10,000) as the sponsorship package for the award category: Development Journalism for Furthering the MDGs.

UNDP has been the traditional sponsor of this category as part of efforts to improve visibility and advocacy for the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals in Ghana adopted in the year 2000. This year, the best MDGs reporting award was won by Mr. Samuel Adadi Akapule of the Ghana News Agency for his passion in promoting knowledge dissemination on the MDGs. In 2014, Mr. Akapule developed and published three stories on MDGs including, "Attaining the MDGs through the Upper East Model."
The event, held under the theme: “Ghana in Search of Reliable Energy to Power Development: The Role of the Media” was held at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra. It was attended by H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, Ministers of State, Media Practitioners, Journalists, category sponsors and other players.
In all twenty-six (26) Ghanaian journalists were awarded in different categories including health, education, agriculture, energy, environmental, sanitation, local government and rural reporting, among others. The event saw Mr. Seth Kwame Boateng of Joy FM, a member of the Multimedia Group Limited, emerge as the overall Journalist of the Year 2014.

With the end of 2015 closing the chapter on the MDGs, UNDP will next shift focus on support for reporting on the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Post-2015 Development Agenda on the SDGs include 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues.
On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to the 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change.

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