Workshop held within the project “Training of broadcast journalists to strengthen quality coverage of climate change related issues”
A three-day workshop within the project “Training of broadcast journalists to strengthen quality coverage of climate change related issues” was held as a result of a joint initiative of the Press Council of Azerbaijan and the UNESCO Moscow Office on the premises of Public TV and Broadcast Company on 17-19 December, 2010 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The year 2010 being declared the year of ecology in Azerbaijan by the Decree of the President Ilham Aliyev, the workshop was a very topical and timely event which gathered together 74 participants: senior staff members and representatives of regional TV channels as well as student journalists. The main aims of the seminar were to foster and strengthen professional capacities of broadcast journalists in covering climate change issue, raise public awareness of this question and to localize main points of Paris Declaration on “Broadcast Media and Climate Changes” adopted at the UNESCO International Conference, 4-5 September, 2009. The seminar has received a wide coverage in Azerbaijan media.
Mr. Aflatun Amashov, Chairman of the Press Council of Azerbaijan made a welcome address at the opening ceremony and drew attention of the participants on the necessity of strengthening media potential for covering climate change issues.
Ms Gunay Efendiyeva, Secretary-General of the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO, underlined the importance of a handbook for journalists and a website related to climate change issue which are planned to be prepared within the joint project as well. Furthermore, Ms G. Efendiyeva read out the letter by Dendev Badarch, Director of the UNESCO Moscow Office, addressed to the participant of the seminar.
Participants of the workshop discussed climate change issues, measures to prevent global ecological threats as well as the role mass media can play in educating community on climate changes.
Representatives of TV and broadcast stations highly appreciated the “Appeal of Authorities and Representatives of TV and Broadcast Agencies of Azerbaijan of Expressed Solidarity with the Paris Declaration of UNESCO on “Broadcast Media and Climate Changes”, 17 out of them having signed the Appeal.
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