12.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

ROSA hosts regional experts meeting on “Media for SDGs”

The regional experts meeting for “Media for SDGs” opened in Harare, Zimbabwe yesterday to develop the regional project concept on engaging the media to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two-day meeting ends today with the presentation of the project concept to development partners and donors.

“Sustainable development is a multifaceted concept and as such, popularizing and packaging it in a way that ordinary citizens can understand and engage at the grassroots level is necessary to achieving the SDGs”, implored the UNESCO Regional Director Professor Hubert Gijzen during the opening ceremony.

The government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning committed to work together with UNESCO, the media and other stakeholders in the implementation of SDGs. Mr Grasiano Nyaguse the Director of Policy Planning in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning highlighted that there is need for public-buy in for development projects to succeed and that buy-in only comes if the public are made aware of the projects. This he said, calls for media involvement.

The overall goal of the meeting is to develop a comprehensive proposal on the role of media in the implementation of SDGs with the contribution of local and regional experts aligned to SADC priorities. The meeting has brought together regional media experts from Namibia, Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe and other key media stakeholders.

The experts will work on a plan of action that articulates institutional roles and partnerships for the development of the project. Additionally, opportunities, threats, tools and environments to be taken into consideration when developing the project will be explored.

For more information, please contact: h.dlamini(at)unesco.org. 

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