Our topic 2019 – Sustainable Development Goals Worldwide.

Taking a closer look at implementation & media coverage.

How will the Sustainable Development Goals, which were signed by all UN member states in 2015, be implemented locally? How can member states contribute to achieving these goals?How do journalists report on sustainability regionally as well as locally? What aspects of media logic complicate measures relevant to achieving the SDGs? What ways do experts see to achieve a greater response in international media coverage? What ideas and solutions already exist?

We will discuss these and similar issues together with young German journalists and experts from Brazil, Vietnam, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2019 Bildkorrekturen-Conference from November 21 to 23. Furthermore, experts from Germany, German foreign correspondents, and experts from international development cooperation will be also invited to talk to us.

The 2019 Bildkorrekturen-Conference is organized in three sections:

  1. Introduction to SDGs: Opportunities & challenges of implementation and the goal achievement on a national, regional and media level. (Friday, all day)
  2. Current examples of worldwide implementation: experts will present lighthouse projects of jointly implemented SDGs in Germany, Vietnam, Brazil, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Saturday morning)
  3. Worldwide media coverage: Analyses of media coverage in Vietnam, Brazil, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Saturday afternoon.

Purpose:The purpose of the 2019 Bildkorrekturen-Conference is providing to participanting young journalists the possibility of a change of their own research perspective on complex development policy topics on an international level.

This is why Bildkorrekturen brings together young journalists, experts from the countries of the Global South and Germany, as well as German foreign correspondents, and experts from the field of development cooperation. Every year the conference is focused on North-South reporting topics, thus closing the gap between study and practice.

Background:
The resource-exploiting economy of global trade and the ever-growing world population will affect the society in the future, as there will be ecological, economic, and social challenges that need to be overcome.

In order to leave for the future generations a liveable place that deals sustainably and fairly with the earth’s resources, the UN member states signed the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. For the first time, the 2030 Agenda is a holistic concept that looks at all three sustainability dimensions (social, ecological, and economic) and involves both industrialized and emerging developing countries equally. The above in terms of implementation and target achievement. That is why the 2030 Agenda is also synonymously called the „World’s Future Treaty“.

In 2016, the German government adopted its national sustainability strategy, which is an orientation for the work of all German federal states. All areas of politics, as well as actors from civil society, business, and science, are involved in the implementation of the sustainability goals, including local municipalities.

Development partnerships play a major role in ensuring that all local actors may assume responsibility of implementing international goals. The implementation of SDGs challenges those actors, but also offers opportunities for revival, concretization, and intensification of international partnership on an equal basis.The media, as the „Fourth“ power of a state, contributes greatly to the political formation of the individual’s opinion. Therefore, The Bildkorrekturen-Conference develops for the young journalists a focus on the role of media in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, based on selected global examples.