Organised by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Communication Group (UNCG), the event was to keep journalists abreast with the SDGs and how to report it to increase public awareness.
Facilitating the workshop, Professor Kwame Karikari, said that the media must through their platforms support development, by introducing contents that would focus mainly on country-level development.
This, he stressed could be effective when media personnel know targets set out to be achieved by the SDGs.
According to him, the SDGs as a benchmark for development, if vigorously pursued, could transform the economic, social,and environmental state of the country.
Prof. Karikari urged journalists to scrutinise the ‘working documents’ of political parties as much as the government of the day.
“We should serve as the checkpoint of society, assessing the policies and programmes of those who seek our mandate to determine whether they would accelerate the achievement of these universally accepted goals,” he said.
Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Ghana, said the media was needed in the dissemination policies, programmes and goads.
For people to embrace the SDGs and make it relevant in their societies, Ms Evans-Klock said that there was the need for a conscious effort, championed by the media, to localise the goals based on the country’s development needs and the immediate needs of citizens.
To accelerate the realisation of the goals, the UN Chief in Ghana, asked journalists to use their medium to advocate behavioural change, especially concerning outmoded cultures and practices.
She called for partnership between the media, government and development agencies to build on the gains from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which ended last year.
By Claude Nyarko Adams