UN Media Workshop Aims To Enhance Understanding Between Journalists And Roles Of The UN In Bhutan
At the workshop, media house representatives were familiarised with the roles of the UN in Bhutan.
By Staff Reporter | The Bhutanese
The United Nations (UN) in Bhutan organised a two-day UN Media Workshop in Paro where media house representatives were familiarised with the roles of the UN, especially its eight agencies: FAO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP and WHO.
Objectives of conducting the UN Media Workshop
The two-day workshop aims to help build journalism skills in development reporting, reflect on the role of the media in development journalism and to build network with the UN Communications Group and other representatives of the UN in Bhutan.
There was also a session on the role of media in realising the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the understanding between journalists and the roles of the UN.
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The UN Resident Coordinator of Bhutan, Gerald Daly, said that over the next five years, UN Bhutan is projected to bring in a fund of USD 120 million for its various work in Bhutan.
He said that the UN has to make sure that it is accountable to the people. Therefore, the UN is deliberately linking with the media to facilitate the dissemination of relevant messages to the public.
“We know we make mistakes and it is impossible to hide the mistakes in the modern world because of social media. However, if we have a transparent relationship with the media. There is quite a high level of trust,” the UN Resident Coordinator said.
The important role of the media in highlighting the UN’s efforts in Bhutan
He added that if the UN’s good work is highlighted then it helps to attract additional resources into the country.
UN Media Workshop in Paro
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“The media in Bhutan plays a transforming and socialising role in development and is important in deepening the democratic roots of the society,” he said.
“Media is what I call a fourth estate of society and people are significantly influenced by the work done by the media. We believe in capacity building for the media as we see an educated public as a key element in self-reliance.”
According to the UN, the workshop is an example of their commitment in capacity building. In addition, the UN will insert a new category for ‘Best Story for Development’ in the Annual Journalism Award.
Mr Gerald Daly also said that the UN strives towards transformative development so as to ensure that no one is left behind.
Citing an example, he said that artificial intelligence and robots are already being promoted actively in a large number of countries.
“So how do we want to anticipate the challenges of robots? And what are the solutions that are being used?” he questioned.
He added that some people say that this is development. “However, it is much more than a development. It is how a society wants to have a vision for the future,” he said.
As a part of that vision, the UN will look for an area to focus and make sure that there are resources for creating a successful future.
UN Resident Coordinator of Bhutan wants to ensure that no one is left behind
“Even as there is economic growth, what are the smart ways to look after the most vulnerable?
The UN wants to figure out the smartest ways so that economic growth is spread evenly amongst the people.
Meanwhile, smart development has to combine the ‘mind and the heart’. The UN has launched a project where they will bring in 200 electric vehicles to Bhutan.
“This makes so much sense,” he said, “We can use our own electricity and let’s make sure that we don’t waste foreign resources by importing oil from the middle-east. We can also reduce the pollution rate and the project will also help the Bhutanese private sector and the taxi drivers.”
If the project becomes success in Thimphu, then it will be replicated in the other dzongkhags as well.
As for the 17 SDGs, Gerald Daly said that the involvement of the private sector is necessary in order to achieve the 17 SDGs and four pillars of Gross National Happiness.
This article first appeared in The Bhutanese and has been edited for the Bhutan Times.