2-Day Capacity Building Workshop For Journalists Covering UN Mission Kick-off Here

ByAbraham S. Sollie/GNN Staff Reporter

Mr. Russell Geekie, UNMIL Chief of Public Information.
Mr. Russell Geekie, UNMIL Chief of Public Information.

A two-day capacity building workshop for journalists covering the workings of the United Nations in Liberia on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 began kick-off in Monrovia.

The two-day capacity building workshop, which is being conducted by the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) at the UNMIL Headquarters in Monrovia, began August 30, 2016 and is expected to end on today, Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

The workshop is intended to train journalists on how to report on the workings of the UN Country Team and UNMIL Transition/Drawdown, Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV), sensitive issues in writing SGBV  stories, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), how to report SEA, writing behavior change stories on SEA, sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets for understanding and impact and ethical reporting and the role of journalists in major reporting.

Mr. Dhogba G. Mabande, of UN Women, Jatho Paul of UNMIL Conduct and Discipline Team, Russell Geekie, UNMIL chief of Public Information served as facilitators on the first day while, Mr. Abdullah K. Kamara, President of the Press Union of Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Boakai of UNDP are expected to serve as facilitators of the second day.

Making opening remarks at the start of the workshop, the Head UN Resident Coordinator Office, Madam Chencho G. Borjee, said that the UN has specific areas and structures that need different ways of reporting.

Madam Borjee stated that the training is intended to train journalists on how to report on the workings of the UN in a simple and visible way.

She said that the media is very important to the UN because it is the medium through which the UN reaches out to people.

She furthered that the workshop is being in Monrovia because according to her whatever that is being said and done in Monrovia has a trigger down effect on the rural parts of the country stating: “The elections are coming up, the information that you give people and what you do are crucial and important.”

She among other things encouraged the participants to inform Liberians that the UN is still in Liberia regardless of the UNMIL drawdown adding that it is only the peace keeping sector of the UN mission is drawing down.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.