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Media's Role in SDGs Discussed at 11th ASEF Journalists' Seminar

11th ASEF Journalists' Seminar

The 11th ASEF Journalists' Seminar (ASEFJS11) took place on 17-22 November 2017 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, in conjunction with the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM13). The Seminar, held on a biennial basis, provides a platform for dialogue and informal networking between journalists and professionals from Asia and Europe in the field of media. The official partner for the Seminar was the Ministry of Information of Myanmar, who provided the venue and logistical support throughout the event.

International journalists and reporters representing 23 ASEM partner countries, along with 12 local journalists from Myanmar, gathered to discuss the role that media can play in supporting sustainable development. The Seminar, themed "Shaping Perceptions and Minds towards achieving the SDGs", focused on using Constructive Journalism as a tool for raising awareness on the positive examples and success stories linked to the implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

The core programme consisted of 2 days of panel discussions and workshops, addressing the main theme through the prism of Environment, Education, and Culture, and how the media can collaborate with these sectors with respect to the SDGs. The participating journalists were accredited to attend and cover the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM13), providing them with first-hand exposure to the official ASEM process.