Information Minister Hassanul Haq Inu of Bangladesh called for stronger regional cooperation among governments and civil society groups, including media to combat poverty, gender inequality, terrorism, uneven globalisation and the ill-effects of climate change, and thereby bring development and peace in the Asian region.
Speaking during the inaugural ceremony of the Asia Media Summit in New Delhi, Minister Inu said no country, no media is free from the threat of terrorism and militancy, and therefore their united efforts to fight these global challenges become imperative.
He urged media practitioners to highlight success stories of countries and peoples addressing poverty, terrorism and uneven globalisation, among others.
Information Minister Dr Khie Kanharith of Cambodia also spoke at the opening ceremony, citing government efforts to strengthen press freedom and free expression in the country.
Among its initiatives were improving ties with 38 press associations in the country, organising training courses for practitioners and holding roundtable discussions to discuss important national and local issues.
The minister also cited several media laws that have paved the way for the booming of more media outfits in the country – more than 600 newspapers though only 200 are reported in circulation, and 140 radio stations.
He said a new law to improve people access to information is being finalised that will ensure people participation in the country’s social, political and economic life.
“ With these laws plus many related laws, like the drafted law to protect the whistleblower, we are confident that we are in a positive path to establish a free press in Cambodia, thus preventing abuse of power and news manipulation for political or personal gains”, he said.
Mr Sam Seog Ko, Standing Commissioner of the Korea Communications Commission, also delivered a message, and said Korea is prepared to contribute to the development of broadcasting in the region.
Another speaker at the inaugural ceremony was Mr Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO, New Delhi Office. He said media can play a critical role in bringing about peace, prosperity, sustainable planet, and partnership – guiding principles behind the UN-led Sustainable Development Goals.
He said UNESCO supports efforts to protect oral traditions, and promote media literacy and Asian languages.
AIBD recently recruited new programme managers and tapped the services of the former Director General of the Korea Communications Commission under the Institute’s secondment programme as part of initiatives to strengthen its human resource capacity and better serve members.
Calls for more in-country training workshops and sustainability concerns dominated discussions among AIBD members who participated in the 43rd Annual Gathering/16th AIBD General Conference in Maldives.
Maldives Vice President Abdullah Jihadsays “media’s key role is not to depress and dishearten citizens, but to motivate, encourage and inspire nations” in order to pave the way for future generations and build a better society.
The ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Financing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in ASEAN was held during 21 – 22 August 2017 in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
The ASEAN-China-UNDP Symposium on Financing the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in ASEAN brought together senior representatives from governmental agencies of ASEAN Member States and China, ASEAN sectoral bodies, prominent think tanks and representatives of civil society, the ASEAN Secretariat, UNDP, the private sector and the media.
The ABU is seeking to recruit a high-calibre professional as a Director ABU Programming. The present Director ABU Programming will complete his contract with the ABU towards the end of 2017. Applications are therefore being sought to fill this important position.
This is one of the senior positions in the ABU Secretariat, reporting directly to the Secretary-General, and responsible for running all ABU Programming activities.
The statements below reflect the general responsibilities and requirements for the position but may not describe all work requirements inherent to the job
The ABU is seeking to recruit a high-calibre professional as a Director ABU News, starting in January 2018. The present Director ABU News will complete his contract with the ABU at the end of this year. Applications are therefore being sought to fill this important position with a view to having the new Director take over the role in January 2018.
This is one of the most senior positions in the ABU Secretariat. The Director ABU News is reporting directly to the Secretary-General, and is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the News Department.