UN calls on media to promote development03:09

Published on March 19, 2015

The United Nations (UN) suggests that the media publish reports reflecting many aspects of the government’s success

Introduction:The United Nations (UN) has suggested that the media publish reports reflecting many aspects of the government’s success, while also prioritising the most urgent needs in the development process.

Story: UN Resident Coordinator Kaarina Immonen conveyed this message when speaking to Lao media at a reception held at UN House in Vientiane. The reception is an annual event to enable the exchange of ideas with the local media.

Kaarina Immonen said it was very important that the media issue many-faceted reports on the government’s achievements. The media can also play an important role in defining the urgent issues that need to be addressed, so the UN can include them in action plans.

Interview: Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator

UN Resident Coordinator Kaarina Immonen praised Laos’ efforts, especially with regard to poverty reduction. Malnutrition was also observed by the UN Representative to be a serious challenge to achieving the MDGs. About one half (44 percent) of children under five suffer from malnutrition, and more than 27 percent of children are underweight.

Interview: Kaarina Immonen, UN Resident Coordinator

Concerning all of these issues, the UN Representative said she wanted to know what topics and angles were of particular interest to the media, and how the UN could help to improve reporting and more widely disseminate information about the work of the UN among members of the public countrywide.

Source: Lao National Television News in English
Broadcast on March 17, 2015