UNESCO Supports Pacific Island Media Training on Climate Change

SPREP 9 October 2008: The Government of Canada, the UN

Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Pacific

Islands News Association are supporting an initiative of the Secretariat of the

Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), to train 14 journalists from

throughout the Pacific region on environmental issues, including climate


The workshop will convene from 14-17 October 2008, in Apia, Samoa,

parallel to the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable. Visesio Pongi, Director of

UNESCO's Office for the Pacific States, explained that the Organization's

objectives for the workshop are to “provide high-level training on climate

change to Pacific journalists to increase the frequency, quality, and

prominence of reporting on climate change." [SPREP Press Release]