Illuminated Reichenau Manuscripts Now Officially Part of Memory of the World
The Illuminated manuscripts from the Ottonian period created in the monastery of Reichenau at Lake Constance in Germany are officially part of UNESCO's Memory of the World Register since last Sunday when Walther Hirsch, President of the German Commission for UNESCO handed over the Memory of the World Certificate.
Conference on Media Law and Policy Reform in Liberia Opens Tomorrow
A three-day UNESCO sponsored National Conference on Media Law and Policy Reform in Liberia, that aims at evolving a programme of action for the comprehensive review of media laws, opens at the City Hall in the country’s capital Monrovia on Thursday, 21October 2004.
UNESCO Condemns Assassination of Iraqi TV Journalist Dina Mohammed Hassan and News Photographer Karam Hussein
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura condemned the murder of Dina Mohammed Hassan, a correspondent for Al-Hurriya TV, in Baghdad on Thursday October 14, and of the European Pressphoto Agency photographer Karam Hussein in Mosul on Friday. Mr Matsuura also voiced concern over the intolerable death-toll of media professionals in Iraq.
International Conference “Law and Internet” Concluded in Moscow
Experts in legal and ethical cyberspace issues from West-European and Central-Asian countries met earlier this month in Moscow, Russian Federation, at the 6th International Conference “Law and Internet”. The Conference was organized within the Framework of UNESCO’s Information for All Programme.
Fund raising for Community Radio - A Million-Dollar Idea from Nepal
An old man, who had nothing financial to give to his local community radio, contributed an idea, which proved to be a milestone for the sustainability of the radio and at the same time enhanced community ownership and involvement in the station.
Covering Biotech: Issues and Opportunities for the News Media
About thirty journalists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka have attended a workshop on reporting biotechnology issues in the media at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India, this week. The event was organized by UNESCO, the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).
Euro-Arab Neighbourhood: Students build Bridges through Media
Students from schools in Germany, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia presented their Euro-Arab school magazines project last week at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Entitled “Euro-Arab Neighbourhood: Students build Bridges”, the initiative aims at the joint production of school magazines ranging from collectively written articles to complete print and online versions.
UNESCO Recruits Communication and Information Adviser for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and the Russian Federation
UNESCO seeks its Communication and Information Adviser for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and the Russian Federation. Based in the UNESCO Office in Moscow, the Adviser will conceptualise and design programmes and projects in communication and information for UNESCO regular and extra budgetary funding.
UNESCO Supports Fair Media Coverage of Elections in Kosovo
As Kosovo is heading towards elections end of October, Radio-Television Kosova (RTK), a public broadcasting company, has started broadcasting special election programmes with UNESCO’s support. The project aims at a fair, accurate, objective, balanced and comprehensive coverage of the election campaign, for all political parties and communities not favouring nor discriminating any political subject, party or citizen.
UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. Call for Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the first-ever UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize for significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage. The Prize of US$30 000 was created to commemorate the inscription of the Buljo jikji simche yojeol, the oldest known book of movable metal print in the world, in the Memory of the World Register.
Multimedia Training Kit for Community Multimedia Centres Expanding and Available on CD ROM
New units and modules are considerably expanding the Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) for staff of Community Multimedia Centres. The latest additions to the kit, which is available from UNESCO on CD ROM or can be downloaded from the Internet, have been funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and developed by the Association for Progressive Communication (APC).
A Small Plant Making a Big Difference
“Some people said that the Aloe Vera plant looked very ugly, but I persisted using it and now even many visitors from outside appreciate it.” Bhavani is referring to an unusual sight in her small office, an aloe vera plant hanging upside down from the ceiling with four of its six branches covered in thousands of tiny flies.
UNESCO Director-General Condemns Killing Of Bangladeshi Journalist Dipankar Chakrabarty
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the savage murder of Dipankar Chakrabarty, editor of the daily newspaper Durjoy Bangla, in Sherpur in the northwest of Bangladesh.
WSIS Follow-up Conference on Media in Africa and the Arab States
The role and place of the media in the Information Society in Africa and the Arab States will be on the agenda of an international conference that the International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications (ORBICOM) and the government of Morocco are organizing in Marrakech from 22 to 24 November 2004.
Overwhelming Response to UNESCO Call for AV Production Proposals on Human Rights, Peace and Tolerance
Around 200 audiovisual production proposals were received by UNESCO for its new international initiative “ICT-enhanced Public Service Broadcasting: Contributing to the development of human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination”. The call for proposals was launched this summer to television and film professionals all over the world.
Popularity of UNESCO’s WINISIS Software Grows in Zambia
Many of the more than 500 librarians, records officers and IT managers in Zambia who use WINISIS, UNESCO’s information storage and retrieval software, were this year trained thanks to the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and the Technological Development Advisory Unity (TDAU), a department of the University of Zambia.
UNESCO Workshop on Future of e-Books
A UNESCO workshop picturing the potential of e-Books was recently hosted in Bangalore, India. Participants from Asia and Europe identified the issues and complexities involved in e-book projects delineating the role of e-Books in education, research and libraries from the perspective of the publishers, distributors and users.
Workshop on FOSS in Education Next Week in Kyrgyzstan
A workshop on free and open source software (FOSS) for education in Central Asia will be held next week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The one day event is being held within the framework of the Kyrgyz “E-education” initiative and the Central Asian Linux Festival by the Soros-Kyrgyzstan Foundation, with UNESCO’s support.
Safeguarding Our Audiovisual Heritage: A World Challenge
The preservation of the analogue film heritage and constraints and possibilities offered by the digital media is on the agenda of the annual conference of the International Federation of Film Archives FIAT/IFTA, a close partner to UNESCO in its action in the area of audiovisual archives, that takes place in Paris, France from 15-19 October 2004.
Reflections on Community Radio from the Hills of Uttaranchal
"Community Radio is one platform where each and every member of your community can participate in some form or the other", says Kavita Bisht, a young, active member of Pradeep Community Radio, from the Kumaon region of Uttaranchal, a Himalayan state in northern India.
Latin American Students to be Trained in Producing HIV/AIDS Prevention Messages
Public schools in Argentina will participate in a series of 20 workshops on HIV/AIDS and communication as part of the project “Youth, Communication and HIV/AIDS Prevention,” directed by the NGO “Other Voices: Communication for Democracy”, located in Buenos Aires.
Director-General Matsuura and President Putin Opened World Congress of News Agencies in Moscow
On 23 September 2004, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, opened with Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, and Vitaly Ignatenko, Director-General of ITAR-TASS, the World Congress of News Agencies entitled “Information: Challenge XXI”.
Seminar on Role of Media in Raising Awareness on HIV/AIDS Concluded in Beirut
Over 35 Media specialists and Journalists from 13 Arab countries participated in a three-day workshop on the “Role of the Media in Raising Awareness on HIV/AIDS Prevention” last week in Lebanon’s capital Beirut.
Timbuktu Mobile Radio Battles Locust Hordes
For the past month, the people of Timbuktu in Mali have been battling hordes of locusts that are destroying their crops, with the help of a suitcase radio donated by UNESCO in 2001.
UNESCO Grants Patronage for World Summit Award 2005
The World Summit Award, a global initiative for selecting and promoting the best in e-content and creativity has now been granted UNESCO’s sponsorship. The Award, that is coordinated by the International Center for New Media in Salzburg, Austria, is organized within the framework of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
UNESCO Director-General Condemns Murder of Dominican Journalist Juan Andujar
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder in Azua (Dominican Republic) on September 14 of Juan Andújar, a correspondent with the Santo-Domingo-based daily Listín Diario. The journalist was gunned down just after he had completed a radio broadcast on the crime wave that has shaken the town of Azua, in the south of the country.
Education Makes the News in Africa
Fourteen journalists from eight African countries, who gathered this week at Rhodes University in South Africa for Highway Africa , the biggest annual gathering of journalists in Africa, have participated in a UNESCO workshop using the new Education for All media training resource kit Education Makes News!.
The Heart of the Cheetah: Biography, Identity and Social Change in North-western Namibia
The collaboration between a filmmaker, an anthropologist and a translator has succeeded in making visible the often unacknowledged life-story of Cornelius Mukuena Tjiuma, a translator whose particular positioning as “cultural broker” between ethnographers and indigenous communities is unmapped.
Television Workshop “You, Me and HIV/AIDS” Concluded
The Southern Africa sub-regional television and networking workshop “You, Me and HIV/AIDS” ended on Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa following a week-long exercise in television pre- and post-production techniques. The objective of the workshop was to engage young producers with a new vision in television production and promote a culture of understanding, tolerance, and respect especially for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Consultations on Working Group on Internet Governance Starts Today in Geneva
Two-day consultations on the establishment of a Working Group on Internet Governance start today in Geneva. The group, once established, is expected to make proposals for action on the governance of Internet by 2005, as requested by the Heads of States at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva in December 2003.