Africa Launch of Climate Change Guidebook for Journalists

Accra, Ghana, 19 May 2014 – Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Ghana will host the African launch of a new Climate Change in Africa Guidebook for Journalists.  The guidebook is prepared by UNESCO in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Internews/Earth Journalism Network. It is based on research and a consultative process that included journalists from 17 African countries and is in response to study findings that indicated gaps in the coverage of Climate Change and its impact on the livelihoods of people in Africa.

Over 100 dignitaries from the academia, government institutions, diplomatic community and media are expected to attend the event.

The launch is to be performed by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, H.E. President John Agyekum Kufuor. He will be supported by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama.

The Guidebook targets journalists, editors, teachers and media trainers and is expected to deepen journalists’ understanding of key concepts in Climate Change reporting and to improve coverage on Climate Change.

Date of Event: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Venue of Event: Accra International Conference Centre Time of Event: 10:00 a.m.

Media contact:

Ms. Cynthia Prah, National Information Officer, UNIC Accra Email: prah@un.org

Mr. Carl Ampah, UNESCO, Email: c.ampah@unesco.org