The United Nations Country Representative to Zimbabwe, Edward Kallon highlighted the media’s centrality in availing information and monitoring progress on the country’s endeavor in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.
Speaking during a breakfast meeting held in partnership with the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum, ZINEF, in Harare today the UN Country Representative highlighted that they value the role the media play in Sustainable Development and are eager to improve the working relationship with the media.
“The media are a key player in the potential realisation of sustainable development, they play host to multiple roles which include information sharing, criticism of policies and exposing processes affecting sustainable development among other measures.” UN Country Representative Edward Kallon said.
The United Nations emphasised that they were not part of the sanctions process despite their contribution to the call for their abolishment.
“The Sanctions are not UN Sanctions as UN we have a moral obligation to follow through on the issue and we have realised that they have impacted Foreign Direct Investment. We call that Zimbabwe be given a chance to put it’s house in order.” Kallon also highlighted.
The media through the ZINEF Chairperson, Njabulo Ncube emphasised thier acknowledged the role the UN had taken to involve the media in most of it’s processes and their better contribution to the overall goals of Sustainable Development.
The regulator Ministry of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services through its Chief Director of Government Messaging, Johnathan Gandari , highlighted government’s commitment to the development of the local media industry as justified by the licensing of community radio stations, legislation reform and constantly consulting with practitioner’s on state of affairs in the industry.
Journalist’s who declined to be named who we inquired with on the subject matter called for a more prolonged approach in dealing with media consultations as issues remained ‘sticky’ even after negotiations as colleagues continually fell victim of harassment, detention, victimisation even after ‘consultations.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the guiding blueprints that presceded the Millennium Development Goals in 2020 aimed at availing platforms for global development and will be implemented until 2030.