Me­dia plays a chang­ing role

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

The grow­ing pop­u­la­tion cat­a­lyst the con­sumerism world that im­pacts the en­vi­ron­ment we live in. In­crease in the num­ber of mo­tor ve­hi­cles, fac­to­ries, and not eco-friendly prod­ucts are added into the mar­kets ev­ery­day. Hu­mans are chal­lenged ev­ery sec­onds with hunger, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, ac­cess to clean wa­ter and in­equal­ity. The aquatic and land an­i­mals are de­prieved of their habi­tats and num­bers are de­clin­ing ev­ery­day.

In mak­ing a bet­ter world, 193 world lead­ers com­mited to end poverty, fight in­equal­ity and jus­tice, and fight cli­mate change in all coun­tries by 2030 on septem­ber 25, 2015. They came up with Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs) with 17 as­pi­ra­tional goals and 169 tar­gets.

Dru­ing the en­dorse­ment of the SDGs, Bhutan was rec­og­nized as a role model as GNH ap­proach is sim­i­lar to the prin­ci­ples in the SDGs and the Agenda 2030.

The 16 Na­tional Key Re­sult Ar­eas (NKRAs) of the Bhutan's 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) are closely re­lated to the 17 SDGs, and nearly 100 tar­gets and in­di­ca­tors of the SDGs have been in­te­grated into the NKRAs and key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors..

This week in a two days work­shop, United Na­tions (UN) in Bhutan in part­ner­ship with the lo­cal me­dia came to­gether in bet­ter un­der­stand­ing the role of me­dia in the pro­gres­sive devel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties of the coun­try.

The jour­nal­ists from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions were made fa­mil­iar on the dif­fer­ent UN agen­cies work­ing in Bhutan. They were also made fa­mil­iar of the am­bi­tious SDGs.

The UN's res­i­dent co­or­di­na­tor and res­i­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the UNDP, Ger­ald Daly said that me­dia plays a chang­ing and so­cial­is­ing role in the de­vel­op­ment. He said that UN ex­pects to bring in re­sources worth USD 120mn to im­ple­ment the SDGs in 12th FYP in Bhutan.

UN rep­re­sen­ta­tives also asked the jour­nal­ists to work on the sto­ries re­lated to the de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties and UN in Bhutan com­mit­ted to come up with the idea of sponsoring the best jour­nal­ism award in de­vel­op­ment sto­ries.

UN's res­i­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive aslo said that in ful­fill­ing the SDGs, UN or gov­ern­ment alone can­not achieve the goals but work in col­lab­o­ra­tion of the peo­ple. In achiev­ing the SDGs, he said jour­nal­ists to work with mind and heart to­gether and asked the news­pa­pers to pub­lish news on cli­mate ac­tions weekly.

Bhutan com­mits to re­al­ize the 2030 agenda of sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Bhutan will grad­u­ate from the Least De­vel­oped Coun­try (LDC) cat­e­gory on com­ple­tion of it's 12th FYP pe­riod (2018-2023). How­ever, dur­ing this tran­si­tion to non-LDC, Bhutan will put forth and pro­mote na­tional ef­forts to­wards im­ple­ment­ing SDGs.

Bhutan joins hand in hand in pro­mot­ing and re­al­iz­ing the SDGs where sup­ports from the international com­mu­nity is not thor­ough the cli­mate change and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters as well as the in­stu­tional ca­pac­ity.

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