Media forum suggested for achieving MDGs
Wednesday, 09 April 2008

Senior journalists at a workshop Monday suggested forming a media forum on Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) for achieving the target by 2015, reports agency.

They said the forum, comprising journalists from all tiers, will reach the messages on MDGS to all people. The suggestions came at the workshop on `Strengthening Media Network for Development’ organized by UNDP at its seminar room at Agargaon in the city.

Editor of the Financial Express Moazzem Hossain, editor of the Bangladesh Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, former managing editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Mokarram Hossain, senior journalist Mahfuz Ullah and editor of the Daily Bhorer Kagoj Shaymal Dutta and journalists from different dailies, news agencies and the electronic media, among others, addressed the workshop.

Assistant Country Director of UNDP Shaila Khan presented a keynote paper at the workshop. Moazzem Hossin stressed the need for people’s involvement with MDGs so that an effective strategic plan could be taken in this regard.

Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury urged the UNDP to allocate budget for strengthening capacity building of journalists to help them contribute more to development activities including the MDGs.

He said the MDGs cannot be achieved in the country without ensuring political stability, good governance, transparency and rights to the people.

Mahfuz Ullah suggested that the UNDP should have the Bangla version of all books and copies related to development activities to make those accessible to all people. Considering the real perspective of the country, he said the UNDP has to take policies for achieving the MDGs by 2015.

Mokkaram Hossain proposed different programmes, including workshop and seminar, at district and upazila levels to reach the messages to maximum people.

Stressing the need for issue based campaign, Shaymal Dutta said the UNDP should develop media forum for empowering the journalists to achieve the MDGs.

Shaila Khan at her keynote presentation said in June 2005, a survey conducted by the UNDP Bangladesh Communications Unit shows that less than 3 per cent people know about the the MSGs.

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