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Journos getting training for COP28 coverage

COP 28 UAE. Annual United Nations climate change conference. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 Nov - 12 Dec 2023. International climate summit banner. Global Warming. Vector illustration
COP 28 UAE. Annual United Nations climate change conference. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 Nov – 12 Dec 2023. International climate summit banner. Global Warming. Vector illustration

A two-day training workshop for journalists is going to be held in Dhaka city on the occasion of Climate Conference (COP28), the 28th annual United Nations climate change conference.

The COP28, where governments of various countries will discuss how to limit and prepare for future climate change, will take place from November 30 to December 12 in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The training programme titled “Journalism in the Age of Climate Change: COP28 Coverage and Mentoring” will be held on tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday at the conference room of the Press Institute Bangladesh (PIB) in Circuit House Road area in the city. The two-day event will begin at 9:00am on Friday (November 3).

Center for Atmospheric Pollution Studies (CAPS) and the PIB jointly organised the event in collaboration with nine other environmental organisations.

Professor Dr. Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder, founder and chairman of CAPS who is also chairman of Department of Environmental Science at Stamford University Bangladesh; confirmed the matter to the Bangladesh Post on Thursday (November 2).

He said that training workshop will take place aiming to enhance skills of journalists working in print, electronic and online media and also to prepare them for the upcoming COP28 coverage;

The two-day training workshop will provide 12 modules on environment, climate, loss and damage issues.

A number of journalists, who are willing to cover the climate conference and will participate in the COP28 for coverage, will take part in the two-day training workshop.

Professor Dr. Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder will coordinate the event as chairman of the CAPS that is organising the event for the 2nd time in Bangladesh.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, special envoy to the Prime Minister for environment and climate change; will attend the closing ceremony of the two-day event in the afternoon on Saturday (November 4) and distribute certificates among the participants.

Marie Masdupuy, French Ambassador to Bangladesh; and Nayoka Martinez Bäckström, deputy head of Development Cooperation Environment and Climate Change at Sweden Embassy to Bangladesh; will also attend the concluding ceremony.

On the other hand, Professor Dr. ASM Maksud Kamal, who is selected as the 29th vice-chancellor of Dhaka University; will attend the inauguration ceremony in the morning on Friday (November 3). Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, MP, a member of Climate Parliament Bangladesh; Rana Mohammad Sohail, MP, a member of parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry; and Zafar Wazed, director general of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB); will also attend the inaugural ceremony.

Professor Dr. Ainun Nishat, an expert on water resource management and climate change in Bangladesh; and other eminent environmental and hydrological experts will provide training in skill development for journalists.

The training workshop is co-organised by Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER) of BRAC University; Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD); Change Initiative; Legal B; Legal Forum; Bangladesh Nature Conservation Management; Paribesh Udyag; South Asian Climate Change Journalists Forum and YouthNet for Climate Justice.

The organisers believe that the journalists and media workers participating in the training workshop will play a vital role in collecting and presenting the news of the climate conference (COP28) to be held in Dubai this month.