The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is providing sponsorship for selected environmental journalists from the Caribbean to receive media training in issues relating to land degradation, desertification and drought. The journalists will also get the opportunity to cover the upcoming meeting of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention, which will take place in Guyana in January 2019:
At the invitation of the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, the seventeenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 17) will take place in Georgetown, Guyana from January 28-30, 2019. The meeting will be held at Guyana International Conference Centre/ Arthur Chung Conference Centre.
The UNCCD secretariat invites applications from environmental journalists from the Caribbean region with an interest in covering the issues of land degradation, desertification and drought to participate in the meeting. For details, see https://bit.ly/2P3xefp.
Prior to the conference, UNCCD in collaboration with the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission will conduct a two-day media training on 26-27 January 2019 for ALL journalists covering the conference. Through a competitive selection process, the UNCCD will award scholarships for the participation of talented journalists from CARICOM who have demonstrated interest in covering the subject. The application deadline is midnight, Central Standard Time, 17 December 2018. The terms and conditions are set out below.
– Provide full coverage of CRIC17, as well as to conduct interviews with various country representatives and the Convention’s stakeholders.
– Increase knowledge/ media coverage about the challenges of land degradation and best practices of sustainable land management throughout the world.
– Raise awareness about the conference and the recommendations to COP14, which will be made from the three-day conference.
– Build a global community of journalists, writing regularly about combating desertification, land degradation and mitigating the effects of drought.