United Nations Development Programme and Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors support journalists in Pakistan to improve climate finance reporting

Karachi, July 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiative – Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance programme – and the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) have held workshops in Karachi and Lahore to intensively build media skills on reporting on climate change and climate finance in Pakistan. At the workshops, a CPNE and UNDP handbook, Climate Smart Reporting: A Handbook for Journalists, was also launched.

Attended by journalists and editors, the workshops covered key points of climate reporting in Pakistan from national and international experts. Topics addressed in the interactive sessions included: the challenge of climate change in Asia and the Pacific; the role of international and domestic climate finance in addressing these challenges; domestic oversight of climate finance; and the key role media plays in improving accountability and ensuring those most vulnerable to climate change are aware of where and how finance to assist them is being used.

Speaking at the event Glenn Hodes of UNDP said “climate change presents arguably the largest long-term strain on development and threatens to reverse decades of development progress. As such, the need for a strong and informed news media to report on this critical issue and inform the population of how the government plans to use finances to address climate impacts is paramount.”

Dr. Jabbar Khattak of CPNE said at the event “the media in Pakistan has a central role to play when it comes to information on climate change finance– that’s why it is so important to gather journalists and editors together to discuss issues that are going to become increasingly prominent and the way the media should respond to them.

With a healthy, robust media you have a group that can play a role for the population as an educator, an early warning system, a form of dialogue between government and the population, and a way to make clear where public funds are going and who they are designed to help.” These workshops will be followed by a final session in Islamabad. Work between CPNE and UNDP is ongoing and the organisations are also holding a competition on climate reporting in Pakistan closing on July 31, 2017.

For more information, contact:
Communications Analyst
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan
4th Floor, Serena Office Complex,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-8355650
Cell: +92300 535 8225
Fax: +92-51-2655014-15
Email: fatimah.inayet@undp.org
Website: http://www.undp.org.pk

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