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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.