Empower Somali Journalists to Amplify Coverage of Somalia’s Climate Crisis

The United Nations in Somalia urges Somali journalists to enhance their coverage of the climate crises impacting millions of Somalis. On World Press Freedom Day, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Catriona Laing emphasized the urgency of addressing the environmental crisis through accurate, timely, and comprehensive reporting. For Somalia to achieve stability and sustainable development, journalists must highlight the environmental challenges and potential solutions. The UN’s efforts to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights involved media campaigns to amplify youth voices on climate change’s impact in Somalia. World Press Freedom Day, established by the UN General Assembly in 1993, aims to emphasize the vital role of journalism and freedom of expression amidst the global environmental crisis. This year’s theme ‘A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis’ underscores the press, journalism, and access to information’s importance in securing a sustainable future. Unfortunately, this year’s commemoration coincides with the start of Somalia’s April-June Gu rainy season, leading to floods in Beledweyne and subsequent displacement. The Koshin neighborhood, including Raderka and Kutiimbo villages, has been severely impacted, leaving many families trapped by flooding. The Gu rains since April 19 have affected thousands and resulted in the tragic deaths of seven children, with Jubaland, Hirshabelle, and Southwest states bearing the brunt of the crisis.

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