ABU Media Summit wrapped up calling for producing quality programmes

DHAKA- The 3rd ABU Media Summit was wrapped up today calling for producing creative and quality programmes on climate change and disaster risk reduction to deal effectively with potential dangers of natural calamities as well as other environment related negative consequence.

"Media should further disseminate vital data on the subjects of climate change and disaster risk reduction to draw international attention," the ABU( Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) said in its Dhaka declaration.

All parties of the media summit called for placing the Dhaka Declaration Commitment before the UN's global platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in Cancun, Mexico from May 24 to 26 this year.

While announcing Dhaka Declaration, the ABU has invited all broadcasters, stakeholders and fellow interested parties to gather in the South Pacific nation of Fiji in 2018 for the 4th ABU Media Summit on climate change and disaster risk reduction.

At the closing session of the media summit, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and it already is taking different adaptative measures including developing saline and flood tolerant variety of rise to cope with adverse impact of climate change.

"As climate change is a global phenomenon, global and regional leaders must reach a consensus to reduce carbon emission to avert negative impacts of climate change," he added.

Inu said, "We must remove gender inequality as children and women are the most vulnerable to any natural calamities caused by climate change impact." Secretary General of ABU Dr Javad Mottaghi, Director General of Bangladesh Television SM Haroon-or-Rashid, communication specialists from home and abroad, among others, were present at the closing session.

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar jointly organized the three-day summit on "Climate change and disaster Risk Reduction".

Conveying the messages of climate change and climate events, media should take a multi-faced approach to supplement the efforts of addressing adverse impacts of global climate change, climatologists and communication experts said at the different sessions of the summit at a hotel in the city.

Media and other information channels must play a crucial role in disseminating information on weather events making those easily understandable to the people, they added.

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar are jointly organizing the three-day summit on "Climate change and disaster Risk Reduction".

A total of 271 representatives, including 41 foreign participants from broadcast media, government disaster management agencies, meteorological services, international organizations, NGOs and community leaders attended the event.

Fifteen foreign participants countries are Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)