After two years of virtual engagements, it was a delight to have members of the media come to the Resident Coordinator's Office for our first in-person event of 2022!
The United Nations Communications Group hosted a day-long media seminar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the work of the UN to support Trinidad and Tobago in achieving those goals.
Resident Coordinator a.i., Dennis Zulu, told the journalists their efforts to inform the public about the SDGs and their role as a blueprint for development cannot be understated:
The more context you have about the SDGs and T&T’s development path – where the country is along that journey and where it intends to go – the more knowledgeable the population will be, the more targeted the action they can take to play their role in advancing progress, and the more you can ask policymakers about the action they are taking to ensure development is fair, just, equitable and enjoyed by all, he said.
Journalists, producers and content managers from eight newsrooms across print, television, radio and digital attended the seminar.
A total of ten UN agencies that operate in T&T delivered in-person and virtual presentations to explore the SDGs under their portfolios and the projects they have delivered to advance progress on these goals.
UN Women, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) delivered presentations.\
The media practitioners who attended were:
Nneka Parsanlal, Content Manager from LoopTT
Achsah Gulston, Producer of the TV6 Morning Edition
Soyini Grey, Producer of the CNC3 Weekend News
Kimberly Ramkhalawan, Producer/Presenter at MCTV
Rhianna Mckenzie, Reporter at Newsday
Kay-Marie Fletcher, Reporter at the Trinidad Express
Ardene Sirjoo, Host on i95.5Fm
Stacy Ann Providence, Producer/Presenter at TTT
Development Coordination Officer (Programme Communications and Advocacy)