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NABJ Joins with U.N. to Cover Climate Change and Development in Senegal
Date:11/30/2007

DAKAR, Senegal, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Journalists from leading U.S. news organizations are heading to Senegal on a press trip organized by the United Nations and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) on Dec. 1-9, to report on the impact of climate change, the fight against HIV/AIDS and malaria, education, and new infrastructure construction, within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

During trip the journalists will visit development initiatives in local communities. Among these are a "green wall" tree planting project lessen the impact of climate change, projects to manage local ecosystems and restore lands affected by environmental degradation, and a "Millennium Village" engaged in efforts to reduce poverty and improve lives by achieving the MDGs that all countries have endorsed. They will also see the large-scale infrastructure construction underway in Dakar and the rest of the country.

Bouri Sanhouidi, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Senegal, said: "The United Nations country team is working on projects with the Government that help advance progress towards achieving the MDGs, and this is a good opportunity to convey these successes to the international media."

The journalists will cover the launch in Dakar on 6 December of an exciting CD entitled "We are the Drums of Africa," featuring all-star African musicians from across the continent brought together by the United Nations to promote HIV/AIDS prevention.

Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade extended an invitation for the trip to NABJ President Barbara Ciara at a meeting at the United Nations in September. "Apart from the epic tragedy in Darfur, famine and tyranny are on the wane throughout the continent, and the overwhelming majority of Africans are in better health and living longer," he told her.

For more than two decades, the NABJ and the United Nations have partnered to provide U.S.-based journalists with insight into i
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