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UNIC Beirut trains media professionals on SDGs

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15 September 2017
UNIC Beirut trains media professionals on SDGs
Under the auspices of Lebanese Minister of Information Melhem Riachi, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut organized a two-day training workshop on the SDGs for media professionals from state-run and private institutions.

The workshop, which was held in cooperation with the Ministry of Information, aimed at raising awareness of media professionals on the SDGs and providing them with basic information and tools to guide them in their future coverages of sustainable development stories in the country.

Participants represented the vast media institutions in Lebanon, including: The National News Agency, Tele Liban, Radio Liban, Directorate of Lebanese Studies and Publications of the Ministry of Information; LBCI TV, Noursat TV; Radio Voice of Lebanon 93.3 FM and 100.5 FM, Radio Bashaer, Radio Sawt Al-Mada; Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, Al-Anwar newspaper; and Lebanon Files, El-Nashra, Lebanese Forces, The New Arab (Al-Araby Al-Jadeed), Lebtime, and Naharnet websites.

During the first day, participants received a detailed introduction about the 17 different goals. Staff from various UN agencies in Lebanon briefed the media professionals about their SDG-related activities and projects in the field, and their media plans to strengthen awareness of the goals.

On the second day, veteran Lebanese journalists from written and audiovisual media outlets, including An-Nahar’s Rosette Fadel and Radio Voice of Lebanon’s Chady Maalouf, shared their experiences in covering stories related to sustainable development.

The training concluded with the distribution of certificates to all participants and facilitators by Minister Riachi and UNIC Beirut Acting Director Margo Helou in a ceremony at the Minister's office.

The training generated positive feedback from participants who expressed their appreciation to the UN in general, and UNIC Beirut for outlining the UN’s development agenda and bringing it closer to Lebanese stakeholders.

Abdul Rahman Al-Orabi from Al-Arabi Al-Jadid news website emphasized the importance of networking during such events, and appreciated the presence of UN agencies to introduce their work.

Clovisse Boueiz from Radio Voice of Lebanon 93.3 commended the effort, and called for an action-oriented follow-up workshop, particularly on how to secure more resources for media projects in service of development.

Roula Abdallah, from Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, highlighted the importance of the workshop for written media in particular, and requested further workshops with more in-depth coverage of the SDGs.

UN agencies that participated in the training besides UNIC Beirut, were ESCWA, UNDP, UNHCR, RCO, UNIDO, FAO, UNESCO, and UN Women.

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals emanating from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in a historic Summit in September 2015, officially entered into implementation. Lebanon is one of the countries that committed to work towards the achievement of these goals over the next 15 years.

In June 2017, Prime Minister Saad Hariri signed a project document entitled "Sustainable Development Goals in Lebanon: A Gap Analysis and Progress Report" that will inform Lebanon’s implementation of the SDGs and subsequently its voluntary implementation reports to the United Nations.