Media plays a changing role
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.