9th ASEF Journalists' Colloquium

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed upon at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, are set to expire in 2015. During the recently concluded Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UN member states agreed to develop Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which takes into account the impact of development on the environment, to replace or to continue the MDGs.

The 9th ASEF Journalists’ Colloquium, "Media and the Green Agenda: Reporting on Sustainable Development in Asia and Europe", focused on the challenges for the media in reporting on sustainable development, in particular the looming expiry of the MDGs in 2015 and its intended successor, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the areas of energy, green growth and economy, and poverty reduction.

Colloquium participants discussed how these issues are viewed in different countries across Asia and Europe, how they are reported in the media, and explored the role of the media in bringing the stories to an interested and wider public.

The Colloquium was held in conjunction with the upcoming 11th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting held in New Delhi, India from 11-12 November 2013.


ASEF Media Handbook: Reporting on Sustainable Development  

A Handbook for Journalists will be developed based on the discussions from the Colloquium participants. The Handbook will feature tips and guidelines for reporters on improving reporting on sustainable development issues.

The Handbook will be launched in May. Sign up now to receive a free copy once it's available.