The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has in collaboration with other stakeholders organised a training workshop for editors and journalists to understand and promote the 2030 Agenda
The trainings were intended to enable journalists to obtain some understanding of the concept of sustainable Development as integrated, indivisible and balance of its three dimensions, the economic, social and environmental, within the Ugandan context.
Addressing participants at the training, the Country Dir. SEND Ghana and Co-chair of the SDGS, George Osei Bimpeh said that training was crucial because the media is seen as a partner in implementing the SDGs.
He noted that the SDGS are special in a way because they are universal, they emphasize that we have to address poverty issues in every part of the world, equality, human rights and finance.
He underscored the need for journalists to read and understand national development plans such as the Vision 2040 as well as the SDGs.
In his view, Ghanaians would not understand the SDGs if journalists who report on issues are unable to explain them.
The Chief Economic Officer UN System Unit, Madam Gladys Ghartey also indicated that the SDGS is everyone’s responsibility to ensure proper living for humanity.
She also stressed on the need for partnership and referred to SDG 17 which explains the cruxial role the media can play.
Most of the journalists talked to after the training expressed satisfaction with the content and knowledge gained.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Supporting the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The SDGs provide us with a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing our world such as poverty, climate change and conflict. UNDP has the experience and expertise to drive progress and help support countries on the path to sustainable development.”