Health Desk: May 12, 2017-- The 3rd Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on climate change and disaster risk reduction ended in Dhaka on Thursday calling upon the media outlets and journalists for playing more proactive role to draw the global attention towards the climate risk and the effective initiatives for its mitigation.
The Dhaka Deceleration, adopted in the summit, said, "Commit ourselves to taking positive and proactive measures in our own organisations in producing creative, quality radio and television programmes to address the ever-evolving issues, thereby seeking to encourage the mitigation of potentially catastrophic implications for societies and lifestyles"
The two-day summit, hosted by Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar, drew a total of 271 representatives, including 41 foreign participants from the broadcast media, government disaster management agencies, meteorological services, international organizations, NGOs and community leaders.
Fifteen foreign participant countries were Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, the Maldives, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
In the Dhaka Declaration, the participants agreed to support international moves to further disseminate vital data on climate change and disaster risk reduction to the widest possible radio, television and online audiences throughout the world.
The Declaration called upon the broadcasters to take cognizance of the human costs of inaction, especially as these relate to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), community involvement in disaster management and the need to address poverty alleviation.
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.