Workshop: Journalism and the SDGs

Journalism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Working Together: Can the SDGs deliver global development? Why and how should the media report on the SDGs in an engaging way?

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The United Nations (UN) has placed its highest priority on two key socio-economic issues on its post-2015 development agenda: the climate change agreement adopted in Paris in December 2015 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), endorsed by 193 world leaders at a UN summit in September 2015.

The two-day workshop in Bonn, Germany will be held on the 25th and 26th of October 2016 at the Langer Eugen building on the UN Bonn Campus. Participants based in Bonn or surrounding area with the following background are invited to submit their interest: UN officials, journalists, academics and representatives of civil society and humanitarian organizations.

The workshop is organized by Inter Press Service News Agency, the UN Foundation in collaboration with UN Bonn and UNCCD.

Why should I register?

The workshop will engage participants in a debate on the obstacles facing both the United Nations and the international community in achieving the SDGs. Highlights include key note speeches from representatives of the various United Nations bodies, developmental organizations covering gender, climate change, drought and media perspective on reporting of the SDGs. More importantly it will be explored how realistic the sustainable development goals are and whether they can be achieved by the 2030 deadline. The workshop will also address important questions such as: Is the economic vision envisaged by the UN an answer to some of world’s growing political and economic crises such as terrorism and environmental disasters resulting in 65 million refugees looking for safe havens?

The expected outcome of the training is to enable the participants to influence key decision-makers in politics, parliaments and governments worldwide through effective reporting on the SDGs. The workshop aims to achieve this by: raising awareness on the barriers and catalysts affecting the SDGs; increasing the participants’ knowledge base on which key factors (crucial to the success of SDGs 8-17) to follow when reporting on SDGs and to develop a holistic understanding of SDGs from the viewpoints of policy makers, multilateral organizations, aid agencies and local citizens.

At a glance

Who? The workshop is open to participants based in Bonn or surrounding area. People with the following background are invited to submit their interest: Journalists, academics and representatives of civil society, humanitarian organizations and UN officials.

The workshop will take place from 25th -26th October 2016


UN Campus, Langer Eugen, Platz Der Vereinten Nationen 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany, (directions)


Registration is open. Kindly send an e-mail with your full name, the organization you work for and title to:

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The Programme
Further information on the workshop webpage.

More Information

In response to the announcement on the SDGs, Inter Press Service news agency (IPS) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) have planned a series of training workshops in October and November 2016 to discuss and analyze the implications and the feasibility of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030) plan.

Relevant links

Workshop webpage
Workshop Programme
Inter Press Service News Agency 
United Nations Foundation