Media leaders in Asia Pacific are expected to generate an agreement/statement for increased and improved coverage of stories dealing with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the region. It will call for increased partnership between UN agencies and media practitioners to achieve this objective. This document.
The statement/agreement they will generate will then be taken to the AIBD annual general meeting in July 2012 as a declaration of their commitment to the MDGs.
Some 20 media leaders from 12 countries are attending the AIBD/UNESCO seminar on ‘Millennium Development Goals:’ The Final Push – Media’s Role, ” one of seven seminars and workshops that precedes the start of the Asia Media Summit on 29 May 2012 in Bangkok.
Experts from the UN Millennium Campaign, UNESCO, ILO, UNESCAP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNEP, and UNISDR, among others will present a progress report on the state of individual MDGs, highlighting attainable goals ahead of the 2012 deadline.
In the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to review barriers for improved reporting of MDG issues and generate recommendations to improve news coverage, including identifying new story ideas on MDGs in their respective countries.
The MDGs provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a common end of improving social and economic conditions in the world's poorest countries and enhancing human development.
Areas covered by MDGs include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality rates, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and developing a global partnership for development.