The UN Development Programme Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) has awarded media fellowships to journalists from African countries to report on the climate negotiations in Durban, as part of the Media Capacity Building Project to support media's capacity to report and monitor climate issues.
November 2011: The Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), has awarded media fellowships to nine African journalists to attend and report on the negotiations at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa.
The fellowships are part of a Media Capacity Building Project, which aims to support the professional development of journalists in all 20 AAP countries while building their knowledge of climate change issues. The project further supports journalists in providing a forum for discussion on climate issues, informing debate with context and analysis, and contributing to public accountability. The selected nine journalists, originally from Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya, will spend one week at COP 17, where they will report on the intergovernmental negotiations and receive training and editorial support.
Five of the journalists will first join the youth caravan, “Have Faith: Act Now,” on a 17-day road trip from Nairobi, Kenya, to Durban, through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana, culminating in a rally in Durban on 27 November, at the start of the Conference. [UNDP AAP Media Capacity Building Project]