Journalists Urged to Increase Awareness on Climate Change & Green EconomyJul 9, 2018
UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI, trained selected Journalists on Climate Change and Green Economy, and urged the Journalists to report more on climate change and green economy issues to increase awareness to facilitate climate actions.
The training, organized within the United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) project aimed to strengthen the media’s capacity to report effectively on climate change and green economy related SDGs (which involved all the 17 goals).
The Journalists were encouraged to monitor the implementation of climate change and green economy related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) issues in the medium-term development plans of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).
Making a presentation at the training on key issues of climate change and green economy related SDGs considered at the local governance level by MMDAs, Mr. Kingsley Bekoe, Programme Coordinator at UNDP, emphasized the importance of enhancing stakeholders’ capacity on climate change and green economy. He said, “we have trained MMDAs to facilitate the mainstreaming of the SDGs in their medium-term development plans and we expect Journalists to apply the knowledge from this training to monitor the MMDAs in the implementation of their development plans”.
Similarly, taking the Journalists through the science of climate change and green economy, Mr. Peter Dery, Deputy Director, and Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Unit at MESTI encouraged the participants to monitor and report on the country’s implementation of its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which have been submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), detailing how the country will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. “Report what is being done well to attract more funding for climate actions in Ghana”, urged Mr. Dery.
A Communications Analyst at UNDP, Ms. Praise Nutakor also encouraged the Journalists to give climate change stories human focus to get the needed attention from duty bearers. She advised against highlighting several issues in one story and urged the participants to concentrate on key specific messages per a story for more impact.
There were 60 participants including thirteen females coming from various media houses from all regions across Ghana. The training was organized in two zones, with the Southern Zone taking place in Aburi, and the Northern Zone in Kumasi.