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Speaking and advocating collectively is integral to facilitate one widespread voice that amplifies the event agenda. Media practitioners are a key participant in reporting and elevating consciousness of growth points that drive inclusive and sustainable financial progress, gender equality, human rights and local weather motion. 

The Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) in Zimbabwe joined the UN household, Senior Authorities officers, growth companions and the nation’s media fraternity in collaborating in a workshop which was geared toward enhancing UN-media collaboration in articulating progress, challenges and approach ahead in accelerating the achievement of SDGs and the nation’s agenda 2030. Greater than 60 delegates attended the workshop which included UN supported tasks web site visits in Manicaland from 30 Could – 3 June 2022. A Zimbabwe-UN media motion plan based mostly on storylines and growth points recognized in the course of the workshop was developed after every week of cross studying and expertise sharing with members of the media.

In reference to local weather change and a shift in media reporting, FAO highlighted that it’s ready to work with the media to make sure that there’s balanced reporting on livelihoods and meals safety programmes by FAO and the UN in Zimbabwe. FAO inspired the media, identical to local weather change, to vary the way in which they had been reporting on growth points within the nation

“FAO in Zimbabwe is dedicated to supporting formulation of the UN-media motion plan as Co-chair of the planet pillar below the United Nations Sustainable Improvement Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). The planet pillar focuses on environmental safety, local weather resilience and pure sources administration. Within the context of reporting on growth work particularly on local weather points, change is the one fixed, the local weather is altering and so ought to the way in which the media report on it,” mentioned Constance Pepukai, Assistant FAO Consultant-Programmes talking on behalf of Patrice Talla, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa and FAO Consultant to Zimbabwe.

Whereas citing the significance of the media in serving to Zimbabwe obtain agenda 2030, the UN reassured media practitioners that it’s going to proceed to work with them by way of offering well timed and well-researched local weather adaptation publications.

“Media performs a essential function in participating the general public and shift unfavorable or impartial attitudes in direction of appreciation of the dire local weather disaster and the urgency for motion. On this regard, the UN will proceed to work with media by way of offering well timed and properly researched local weather adaptation publications,” mentioned Edward Kallon, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Zimbabwe in his remarks formally opening the workshop.

In implementation of the planet pillar below UNSDCF, the anticipated end result by 2026 is that every one folks in Zimbabwe, particularly essentially the most weak and marginalized, profit from higher environmental stability and sturdy meals methods in assist of wholesome lives and equitable, sustainable and resilient livelihoods. FAO had the chance to current its work below the planet pillar in addition to showcasing a few of its tasks within the province.

“The workshop was a watch opener to most journalists. I realised we weren’t doing sufficient in the case of growth reporting. There may be want for us to have a deeper understanding of points, tasks and programmes to write down balanced tales that inform and educate communities. Improvement tales must also have voices of the group, beneficiaries of the programmes and the way they really feel about developments of their areas,” mentioned Elita Chikwati, an agriculture reporter with the Herald newspaper as she mirrored on her experiences and classes from the workshop.

“The 12 month UN-Media motion will guarantee follow-up of over 200 storylines recognized alongside the 2022-2026 Zimbabwe UNSDCF pillars of individuals, prosperity, planet, peace and partnerships in assist of Zimbabwe’s 2030 agenda and the achievement of the 17 SDGs,” mentioned Sirak Gebrehiwot, the UN Communications Group Chairperson in his remarks because the one-week lengthy workshop ended.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of FAO Regional Workplace for Africa.

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