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  • International Council on Archives Calls for Greater Action to Protect the World's Memory 17-09-2004 (Paris) 
    International Council on Archives Calls for Greater Action to Protect the World's Memory
    The city of Vienna was the backdrop for the 15th Congress of the International Council on Archives (ICA) from 23-28 August 2004. 2000 delegates from 116 countries joined together to discuss how to preserve the world’s documentary heritage.
  • ICT Based Interventions Can Help Reducing Poverty UNESCO Research Report Says 17-09-2004 (New Delhi) 
    ICT Based Interventions Can Help Reducing Poverty UNESCO Research Report Says
    Findings of a comparative research of local initiatives in the use of ICTs for poverty reduction spread across a range of communities in South Asia, including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and India are now available in a UNESCO publication entitled "Research on ICT Innovations for Poverty Reduction".
  • New Community Multimedia Centre Opens its Doors in Benin 16-09-2004 (Paris) 
    New Community Multimedia Centre Opens its Doors in Benin
    Local people eager to learn how to use computers have been flocking to the Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Sègbèya, a busy neighbourhood of Cotonou, Benin, since it opened earlier this week. UNESCO supported the setting up of a telecentre within the existing community cultural centre, providing equipment and training.
  • First Southern African Gender and Media Summit Concluded in South Africa 15-09-2004 (Paris) 
    First Southern African Gender and Media Summit Concluded in South Africa
    The first Southern African Gender and Media Summit (GEM) closed yesterday in Johannesburg. The three-day event brought together over 180 media practitioners, trainers, researchers, media regulatory authorities, NGOs and activists from sub-Saharan Africa who exchanged experiences around gender and media initiatives within individual countries and across the region.
  • Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS Meet in South Africa 14-09-2004 (Paris) 
    Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS Meet in South Africa
    Fifteen young television producers representing seven countries in Southern Africa embarked on a pilot networking and television programme exchange project yesterday in Johannesburg, in South Africa. The project, entitled You, Me and HIV/AIDS intends to increase young people’s involvement in producing high quality television productions that reflect the challenge and the positive spirit of people affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • UNESCO Supports Nepali Font Standardization 13-09-2004 (New Delhi) 
    UNESCO Supports Nepali Font Standardization
    Improved data transfer and a wide-range of computer applications in Nepali language are the main results of a UNESCO supported project to normalize Nepali “Devanagari” as the standard font for local language computing that was implemented by “Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya”, a non-governmental organization based in Lalitpur, in Nepal.
  • UN Communication Round Table Confirms Need for Pluralistic Media 10-09-2004 (Paris) 
    UN Communication Round Table Confirms Need for Pluralistic Media
    The 9th UN Communication Round Table announced the outcome of three days of deliberation on the overall theme Communication for Sustainable Development in Rome this week. The list of recommendations is long but includes the need for pluralistic media, more data and analysis to support communication for development initiatives, and scaling up of successful efforts.
  • Reel Intercultural Dialogue Films Collect International Awards 10-09-2004 (Paris) 
    Reel Intercultural Dialogue Films Collect International Awards
    “The New Beginning” (India) and “The Red Toy” (Israel), two outstanding films from UNESCO’s newly released Reel Intercultural Dialogue series, have just been awarded top level prizes at the 2004 National Awards in India and the Jerusalem Film Festival.
  • UNESCO Supports Development and Dissemination of Video Programmes in Samoa 09-09-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Supports Development and Dissemination of Video Programmes in Samoa
    The development of video programmes with Samoan local content and their dissemination via the Internet is the focus of a project supported by UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP). An agreement that was been recently signed by UNESCO and the Samoa National Commission for UNESCO foresee the completion of the project within one year.
  • UNESCO Calls for Proposals for 2005 World Press Freedom Prize 08-09-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Calls for Proposals for 2005 World Press Freedom Prize
    Member States and regional and international NGOs are invited to submit names of candidates for the 2005 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The Prize, created in 1997, each year honours a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom. Nominations must reach UNESCO by 29 October 2004.
  • Communication for Sustainable Development 07-09-2004 (Paris) 
    Communication for Sustainable Development
    The 9th UN Communication Round Table yesterday welcomed in Rome some 100 participants actively engaged in designing and implementing communication for development projects internationally through UN agencies, academic institutions, NGOs, and communication for development groups and experts.
  • Training of Journalism Trainers on Investigating the Goals of Education for All in Malaysia 06-09-2004 (New Delhi) 
    Training of Journalism Trainers on Investigating the Goals of Education for All in Malaysia
    Media trainers from Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tajikistan, and Vietnam attended a UNESCO workshop on “Investigating the Implementation of the Education for All (EFA) Targets” organized and hosted by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) from 16 to 25 August 2004 in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur.
  • Director-General Stresses Importance of Documentary Heritage Following Fire in Weimar 03-09-2004 (Paris) 
    Director-General Stresses Importance of Documentary Heritage Following Fire in Weimar
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the great loss caused by a fire at a UNESCO World Heritage property, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar (Germany) where more than 30,000 exceptional books and manuscripts were destroyed.
  • Digitization of Documentary Heritage for Preservation and Access 03-09-2004 (Paris) 
    Digitization of Documentary Heritage for Preservation and Access
    A workshop on the preservation of and access to the documentary heritage in Asia and the Pacific Region starts tomorrow in Cheongju, Republic of Korea v. It is jointly organized by the Municipality of Cheongju, UNESCO and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) within the framework of UNESCO’s “Memory of the World” Programme.
  • Workshop on Conflict Reporting in Radio Using Digital Technology Closed in Kathmandu 02-09-2004 (New Delhi) 
    Workshop on Conflict Reporting in Radio Using Digital Technology Closed in Kathmandu
    With a grant support from UNESCO under its International Programme for Development of Communications (IPDC), an eight-day regional workshop for South Asian journalists on ‘Conflict Reporting in Radio Using Digital Technology’ was organized by the Panos Institute South Asia (PSA) at its Media Centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 20 – 27 August 2004.
  • UNESCO’s Regional Academy Marks Record Success in ICT Quality Training 01-09-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO’s Regional Academy Marks Record Success in ICT Quality Training
    Today 1 September 2004 is the 3rd anniversary of the Regional Academy for Online Network Governance and System Applications (RAONGSA), which was established on 1 September 2002 by UNESCO in collaboration with UNDP and other donors at the Baku Scientific and Training Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Open Frame 2004 31-08-2004 (New Delhi) 
    Open Frame 2004
    Some 50 documentary, fiction and reality films from Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia are being screened at the "Open Frame 2004" festival, which was inaugurated in New Delhi, India, last Friday. Organized by the Indian Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), the Open Frame is an annual event aimed to mark cultural diversity in independent documentaries and public service television.
  • Director-General Urges the Release of French Journalists Held Hostage in Iraq 30-08-2004 (Paris) 
    Director-General Urges the Release of French Journalists Held Hostage in Iraq
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today made an urgent plea for the release of Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, the two French journalists held hostage in Iraq, and vigourously condemned the shameful targeting of journalists in that country.
  • UNESCO Condemns Murder of Bangladeshi Journalist Kamal Hossain 30-08-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Condemns Murder of Bangladeshi Journalist Kamal Hossain
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder on August 22 of investigative reporter Kamal Hossain in Bangladesh and voiced alarm at the unacceptable pressures exercised on the profession in that country.
  • UNESCO Supports Capacity Building for Media Professionals in Rwanda and Burundi 30-08-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Supports Capacity Building for Media Professionals in Rwanda and Burundi
    UNESCO continues its support to media professionals in Rwanda and Burundi by funding a series of training activities at the Press Houses in Kigali and Bujumbura to enhance their role as professional resource centres by organizing seminars, workshops and debates as well as providing local journalists with access to the Internet and through that to various networking activities.
  • UNESCO Condemns Killing of Italian Journalist Enzo Baldoni in Iraq 29-08-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Condemns Killing of Italian Journalist Enzo Baldoni in Iraq
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura last Friday condemned the assassination in Iraq of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni and voiced outrage at the increasing targeting of media professionals in the country.
  • Building Community Media Capacity for Environmental Stewardship 27-08-2004 (Kingston) 
    Building Community Media Capacity for Environmental Stewardship
    “Building Community Media Capacity for Environmental Stewardship” was the title of a workshop held in Nassau, The Bahamas 29-30 July last in a drive to reinforce public awareness and education on the recurrent theme of environmental preservation and stewardship in that Caribbean island-state.
  • UNESCO Condemns Murder of Nepalese Journalist Dakendra Raj Thapa 26-08-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Condemns Murder of Nepalese Journalist Dakendra Raj Thapa
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of journalist Dakendra Raj Thapa by Maoist rebels in the west of Nepal on August 11.
  • ECNETNEWS.COM: A Major Breakthrough for Caribbean Regional Integration 26-08-2004 (Kingston) 
    ECNETNEWS.COM: A Major Breakthrough for Caribbean Regional Integration
    The Secretariat of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in Castries, St Lucia, will host the official launch of WWW.ECNETNEWS.COM , a new website linking Eastern Caribbean island newspapers into an on-line, up-to-the-minute forum for accurate exchange of news and debates on issues of primary concern to development and the region.
  • International Archival Community Meets in Vienna 25-08-2004 (Paris) 
    International Archival Community Meets in Vienna
    More than 2,000 archival experts and leading thinkers from outside the archival profession are meeting presently in Vienna at the 15th International Congress on Archives that this year takes place under the theme "Archives, Memory and Knowledge" providing a forum for reflection, professional exchange, practical education and decisions on the future.
  • Community Multimedia Centres Workshop in India: Yet Another Learning Experience 24-08-2004 (New Delhi) 
    Community Multimedia Centres Workshop in India: Yet Another Learning Experience
    Representatives from UNESCO supported Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) in South Asian countries including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Sri Lanka attended a workshop that UNESCO’s Asia Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information in New Delhi organized recently in Bangalore and Budikote.
  • UNESCO Condemns Killing of Sri Lankan Journalist Iyer Balanadarajah 23-08-2004 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Condemns Killing of Sri Lankan Journalist Iyer Balanadarajah
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura last Friday condemned the murder of Iyer Balanadarajah, better known as Sinna Baia, a reporter of the Tamil weekly Thinamurasu, and called for a full investigation of the killing, the second assassination of a journalist in Sri Lanka this year.
  • World Library and Information Congress to Open in Buenos Aires Next Week 20-08-2004 (Paris) 
    World Library and Information Congress to Open in Buenos Aires Next Week
    Thousands of librarians from all over the world will meet from Monday 22 to Friday 27 August in Buenos Aires, Argentina, when the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) holds its 70th General Conference and Council.
  • 'Sorry Books' registered as historic documents 19-08-2004 (Paris) 
    'Sorry Books' registered as historic documents
    A collection of 461 Sorry Books recording the thoughts of thousands of Australians on the unfolding history of the Stolen Generations has been formally recognized as having powerful historical and social significance. The books are among nine significant documentary heritage items recently inscribed on the Australian Memory of the World Register – part of UNESCO’s Programme to protect and promote documentary material- that records or reflects significant milestones and events in Australia’s history.
  • Sub-Regional Workshop in Bishkek for the Memory of the World Programme 18-08-2004 (Almaty) 
    Sub-Regional Workshop in Bishkek for the Memory of the World Programme
    12-13 August, 2004. Representatives of the Memory of the World National Committees of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan participated in the Sub-regional workshop for the Memory of the World Programme (Memory of Central Asia) at the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO in Bishkek City.
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