COP22: Experts Highlight Media Role in Promoting Action Against Climate Change
Marrakech, 10/11/2016 (MAP) – Several professionals and experts highlighted the principle role the media can play in the protection of the environment, the preservation of nature and the fight against climate change.
Delegates, experts, journalists and reporters met at an event organised by the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication in the Green Zone at COP22. The aim is to raise awareness among the general public and all parties in the fight against climate change.
Two members of the COP22 Steering Committee participated in the event, Nizar Baraka, President of the Scientific Committee and Driss El Yazami, head of Civil Society.
During their speeches, they discussed the progress made by Morocco in the fight against climate change and the national and international significance of the Conference of Parties in Marrakech.
Driss El Yazami stated that “the goal of the pilot committee of COP22 is to mobilise all the parties to seize the opportunity that has been given by the Paris Agreement, and to raise awareness among Moroccans and indeed everybody on sustainable development and climate change”.
He also said that the media is a key actor and instrumental in explaining the subject in all its facets and bringing this information to the general public.
For his part, Nizar Baraka stated that “Morocco, upon receiving the official Presidency of the Conference of Parties, set about its mission with a new rational, namely to involve governmental and non-governmental parties”.
“We need to change the paradigm and our daily habits as citizens, States, institutions, journalists, organisations, individuals and groups in relation to nature”, she said, adding that, the Media needs to clarify and simplify this new logic to citizens and to relay experiences and successful initiatives in the fight against climate change”.