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Reuters Partners UN To Train Journalists In Nigeria

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Nigerian journalists at a training session

The Thomson Reuters Foundation in partnership with the UN Foundation has announced plans to organize a training program in 33 nations on the 17 new sustainable development goals, SDGs, for 2015-2030.

The foundation said it would pick seven journalists from each of the participating nations to take part in the program.

The training which will be taking place from May 25 – May 29 is expected to give participants an opportunity to learn from former Reuters journalists as well as interact with media professionals from relevant organizations.

The foundation also said it is looking for young, promising journalists who report on sustainable development issues but could also consider those with no experience in the area but who have marked interest.

It added that such journalists must however be presently covering local communities, where the achievement of these new sustainability goals would eventually make impact when they are implemented.

It said those who were already experts in covering sustainability and climate change need not apply, adding that those eventually chosen to take part in the exercise would have to foot their travel and accommodation expenses for the five day training.

Interested journalists can send applications via email to marta.machado@thomsonreuters.com with two samples of published works (even if not climate/sustainability-related) and a short statement on why they feel they should cover the new SDGs and hence be selected to attend the course, including details of how long they had been working as journalists.

Deadline for sending applications is Friday 15th May.

The sustainable development goals, are 17 new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.

The SDGs follow and expand on the millennium development goals, MDGs, which were agreed by governments in 2000 and are due to expire at the end of this year.

The goals are aimed at ending poverty in all its forms globally.

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