By Staff Reporter
Media practitioners in Zimbabwe have reaffirmed their pledge to increase coverage of the United Nations sustainable development goals, emphasising mostly on climate change, good governance, human rights and gender equality issues.
The practitioners made the pledge after attending a three day workshop in Masvingo aimed at enhancing media understanding of government and United Nations (UN) engagement in Zimbabwe on development and humanitarian issues and increased coverage of development and humanitarian issues.
In a statement, the UN said workshop participants underlined the need for government, UN, development partners and the media to work together to advance good governance and human rights by intensifying coverage of anticorruption cases and topics of transparency, accountability and quality of public services
According to the UN, participants also agreed to promote gender equality, particularly by combating gender-based violence, child marriages and teenage pregnancy.
Addressing the workshop participants, UN resident co-ordinator Bishow Parajuli stressed the need to pull together to advance the inherent goodness of human values as Zimbabwe strives to turn around the socio-economic challenges, climate
action, drought and to achieve the sustainable development goals.
“Engaging with the media is fundamental and partnership with the media is crucial to achieve development. The UN remains open to dialogue with the media and to feedback on the UN’s delivery and performance,” he said.
Anyway Mutambudzi, director of Media Services in the Information ministry, who represented permanent secretary Nick Mangwana, highlighted the importance of the partnership between the UN and government in developing the country.
He commended development partners for their work in disaster situations, particularly during the national crisis caused by the tropical storm Cyclone Idai.