Ghana: Green Economy and SDG Media Training

28 June 2018, Aburi, Ghana – PAGE and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), held a media training on climate change and green economy entitled “Coverage of Climate Change and Green Economy-Related Sustainable Development Goals in Decentralized Development Work”.

The training gathered journalists and other media practitioners from the southern zone of Ghana, which included the Greater Accra region and neighboring Western, Volta, Central and Eastern regions to deepen their understanding of green economy related concepts, the SDGs and climate change. During the opening remarks for the Southern zone training in Aburi, the Minister for MESTI, whose speech was delivered on his behalf by the Head of Human Resources at the Ministry, underscored the importance of strengthening the awareness and knowledge of the media as change agents and advocates for championing the path of Ghana to a green economy. At the training, participants shared experiences on covering climate change and green economy related news, and now have an improved knowledge base to develop compelling stories that raise awareness among the general public and policymakers.

The training also delved into the process of mainstreaming green economy, climate change and SDGs into Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), enabling media stakeholders to hold public officials accountable and helping foster a productive and healthy media environment. This effort is complementary to the PAGE assessment on “Mainstreaming Climate Change, and Green Economy SDGs into the Development Plans of MMDA’s”, available here.

Additional trainings aimed at media practitioners are expected to take place in July in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti region, for Ghanaian regions of the northern zone, namely the Upper East, Brong-Ahafo, Northern, Ashanti and Upper West regions. 

Media coverage of the training is available at: