14.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

MIC, VOV and UNESCO hold training for media professionals in Hue


Hue, 14 September - The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), Radio Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) and UNESCO held a training workshop from 9-14 September for media professionals in Thua Thien-Hue on disaster risk reduction, climate change and biodiversity conservation.

From 9-14 September, 20 representatives from provincial and district radio, television and newspaper enhanced their capacities in reporting on disaster risk reduction, climate change and biodiversity conservation with a gender-sensitive approach through the six-day tailored training delivered by Moustafa Osman (expert in disaster risk reduction)  and Robert Wild (expert in climate change and biodiversity conservation and restoration), and expert media trainers from national Radio Voice of Viet Nam Dang Quang Thuong and Nguyen Vinh Quyen. The training is part of the MOET, UNESCO and Samsung Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Initiative in Viet Nam.

Participants, working in groups, discussed and identified local disaster risks and practices that cause negative impacts to climate change and loss of biodiversity. Case studies such as the over-exploitation of sea resources and the destruction of the coastline in Tam Giang area were discussed. This exercise helped participants link abstract concepts of disaster risk reduction, climate change and biodiversity conservation to their local context, strengthening their capacities to report on these local issues. 

As a result of the workshop, participants began development of media outputs for radio, television and newspaper to raise wider public awareness of the project activities as well as on disaster risk reduction, climate change and biodiversity issues. Four media outputs have already been produced and shared with MIC, VOV and UNESCO, and more will be produced by December.

During the training, participants also received support to draft disaster communication plans to inform the public at large on climate change, disaster risk reduction and biodiversity conservation issues. Participants actively provided comments to their colleagues’ plans for improvement. The plans were reviewed by VOV and UNESCO to provide recommendations for their improvement. MIC, VOV and UNESCO worked with Editorial Boards of some media organizations in Hue on the communication plans which were developed by their journalists during the training and received the media organization’s commitment to facilitate the implementation of the plans.

Speaking at the training, Representative of UNESCO to Viet Nam, Katherine Muller-Marine confirmed that media plays a key role in education and communication on disaster risk reduction to convey the message on climate change to the public. “It is important that the media disseminate models and disaster preparedness plans for people to follow. The media is part of the community so it needs to participate in developing community preparedness plan and to prepare disaster communication plans”.

The training workshop was also an opportunity for local media to network and exchange experience in communication of disaster risk reduction, climate change and biodiversity conservation in their provinces to better raise public awareness on these issues and enhance community commitment and effort.

Press contact:

Hoang Minh Nguyet, hm.nguyet@unesco.org

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