Asia-Pacific journalists begin UN training on coverage of development goals
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) today began a three-day specialized training programme to help television journalists from around the region enhance their reporting on anti-poverty targets known collectively as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Journalists from 13 Asia-Pacific States are participating in the training, being held in Bangkok and conducted by UNESCAP along with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and AsiaWorks Television.
The reporters are expected to produce feature-length news items and public service announcements on the MDGs when they return home after the training programme and those pieces will then be distributed across the region by the ABU.
The MDGs are a set of eight goals for slashing serious ills, ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by 2015. The world’s leaders agreed to strive towards them at a UN summit in 2000.
The journalists taking part in this week’s training come from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.