In anticipation of the United Nations Development Summits, the Thomson Reuters Foundation and United Nations Foundation have partnered to train over 500 journalists, government and non-governmental leaders from 33 countries on tools and strategies to understand the complex issues surrounding the next set of UN global development goals to be announced this September.
Earlier this week, Japanese journalists participated in one of the partnership’s first intensive media training workshops on “Reporting Sustainable Development in a Changing Climate” facilitated by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
During the course, participants attended the Yokohama International Forum for Sustainable Asia and Pacific where they nabbed an interview with leading sustainability guru, Jeffrey Sachs, on what the Sustainable Development Goals are, how they came about and why they matter.
As a result, one of the journalists attending the course, Akiko Suzuki, saw her work published on the Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest newspaper reaching eight million readers daily.
Akiko’s story focused on Jeffrey Sachs' view that political tensions are preventing China, Korea, and Japan to work together to become an “East Asian powerhouse” of sustainable development and to advantage of state-of-the-art technology and low-cost production.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation will continue to conduct media training workshops across the world leading up to the United Nations Development Summits. The programme will result in a greater number of journalists educated on how to effectively craft thought-provoking and coherent sustainable development stories for the public.
Read Akiko’s interview with Jeffrey Sachs here: http://digital.asahi.com/articles/DA3S11886460.html
For more information on the course contact Marta Machado Gooder