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16.02.2007 General News

UN Sets Up Media Awards On MDGs


The United Nations system in Ghana is organising a Media Awards 2006 contest for journalists, who were able to write reports or articles on the Millennium Development Goals.

Journalists, who have articles on the MDGs, are required to submit their entries to the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) by Friday, February 16, 2006.

Speaking to the Times, Evelyn Sarpong, Reference Assistant at UNIC, said the awards will be presented at an annual UN system media cocktail scheduled for February ending this year.

It will be on the theme 'Ghana and the UN system: Partners in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals'.

Mrs Sarpong said the purpose of the award is to encourage reporters in both print and electronic media to report on the MDGs to raise awareness and public understanding of their goals and build local support for their timely attainment.

She said it also sought to promote media understanding of the MDG's goals, and report on the role of the UN family in supporting Ghana to achieve the goals.

The goals include the eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality and empower women.

The goals also include; reduction in child mortality, improve maternal health, ensure environmental sustainability, combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other diseases.

In addition, the MDGs need to develop a global partnership for development.

Mrs Sarpong stated that articles of radio and television footage must have been published in or aired on a national newspaper, TV station or radio station.

Touching on the judging criteria, she said the article must have boldness and originality; it must break new grounds on the issues involved and represent the information in a fresh and original manner.

It must also have impact for instance, how does the message affect the behaviour and attitude of society, how does it increase awareness on the goals vis-à-vis encouraging people to act accordingly.

The article among other things must also portray the role of the UN in support of the goals.