Media Symposium: The Role of the Media in Achieving Sustainable Development
The Media Symposium was held from 31 August - 1 September 2000 in Kitakyushu, Japan. The Symposium noted that development activities undertaken by governments, NGOs or other organization lose their significance unless people are made aware of such activities. This is where the media plays an important role. The Symposium affirmed its commitment and determination to help attain the goals of the Regional Action Programme for Environmentally Sound and Sustainable Development 2001 - 2005. In this connection, the Symposium called upon Ministers to help ensure easy access to vital environmental information and to recognize the watchdog role.
In this connection, the Symposium called upon governments in the regions, as well as ESCAP and the ADB to support initiatives that:
1. Help strengthen existing media networks such as the Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists, including its respective national fora, in upgrading their professional skills through training and exchange programmes to raise environmental awareness and education and capacities to promote sustainable development
2. Set up environmental training institutes in the region
3. Organize regular joint workshops for officials, leaders of the media, NGOs, the judiciary and the private sector to help build effective civil society partnerships for bringing positive changes in the practices and behaviours of people toward sustainable livelihoods.