Media and communication officers in discussion with UNICEF's Mereia Carling after a presentation on Youths. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NADI, Fiji – May 12: 12.45pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Media and communication officers from around the region round off their week-long training today with a lot more knowledge about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how best they can promote those issues in their respective countries.

Representatives have come from Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Niue, Nauru, Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Fiji.

Pacific Disability Forum's Simione Bula presenting on disability and the SDGs at the training during the week. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Pacific Disability Forum’s Simione Bula presenting on disability and the SDGs at the training during the week. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

The training under the theme “Resilient and Sustainable Media and Communications Training” offered participants the opportunity to learn about the SDGs and how the media can help in educating people in their respective countries about them.

Speakers have come from different regional organisations including the Forum Secretariat, Pacific Community and UNDP.

Others who have also shared about their different programs have included Climate Change, Youth, Gender Equality, Women in Fisheries, Pacific Islands Private Sector, Effective Governance, the Oceans challenge, coastal erosion and water and waste management.

Tonga Ridge To Reef has been represented by the project’s National Communication and Information Officer, Iliesa Tora.

Mr Tora said the training was helpful for his work.

“What I have gotten out of this is the fact that we will need to do more human interest stories with people living in the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment Area and how they have worked to be sustainable despite the challenges they face,” Mr Tora said.

“And the fact that we also need to work together as partners to be able to move things forward.”

Veteran Fijian journalist Netani Rika has been the lead facilitator and he said the lessons learned hopefully will help the participants so they can do their work better in getting the message out there to the people.


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