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  • UNESCO Expert Meeting on Gender Issues in the Information Society 11-07-2003 
    UNESCO Expert Meeting on Gender Issues in the Information Society
    An Expert Group Meeting on "Gender Issues in the Information Society" will be hosted by UNESCO on Monday, 14 July 2003, at its Headquarters in Paris. The meeting aims at providing space for a dialogue and sharing of innovative ideas and views on how to establish ICT policies and development programmes to ensure that the gender perspective is fully integrated into them.
  • The Virtual University: Models and Messages 11-07-2003 (Paris) 
    The Virtual University: Models and Messages
    UNITAR in Malaysia, the Campus Numérique Francophone de Dakar, Senegal, the Universidad Virtual de Quilmes in Argentina and USQOnline in Australia, are but four virtual universities included in a case study entitled "The Virtual University: Models and messages" that was recently published by UNESCO's Institute for Education Planning (IIEP).
  • Afiriki tilijii kanolu eletoronik safoolu kafunoomoo 10-07-2003 
    Afiriki tilijii kanolu eletoronik safoolu kafunoomoo
    "Afiriki tilijii kanolu eletoronik safoolu kafunoomoo" is the Mandinka title of a new CD-ROM containing the "African Language Materials Archive" that was just published by UNESCO. In addition to electronic publications in Mandinka, a language spoken by ca 1,2 million speakers throughout West Africa, the CD-ROM contains texts in Pular and Wolof.
  • International Conference on Audiovisual Archiving to be Held in Jamaica 09-07-2003 
    International Conference on Audiovisual Archiving to be Held in Jamaica
    "Audiovisual Archiving: Our National Heritage and History" is the title of a conference that the National Library of Jamaica organizes from 4 to 9 November 2003 in Kingston, Jamaica, under the auspices of the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT), the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and UNESCO.
  • UNESCO Supported Film on Genocide in Cambodia Silver Medallist at Monte Carlo TV Film Festival 08-07-2003 
    UNESCO Supported Film on Genocide in Cambodia Silver Medallist at Monte Carlo TV Film Festival
    "S21, the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine", directed by Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh and produced by the French Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) and Arte with the support of UNESCO has been awarded the silver medal by the Jury of the 22nd URTI International Grand Prix for Documentaries in the framework of the 43rd Monte Carlo Television Festival (30 June - 5 July 2003).
  • Launch of ASEAN SchoolNet Project 07-07-2003 (Bangkok) 
    Launch of ASEAN SchoolNet Project
    Launching the project "Strengthening ICT in Schools and SchoolNet Project" covering the countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) a two days experts meeting for documenting experiences in the use of ICTs in education and SchoolNet operations opens today at UNESCO's Office in Bangkok.
  • Lithuania Prepares World Information Technology Forum 04-07-2003 (Paris) 
    Lithuania Prepares World Information Technology Forum
    The Government of the Republic of Lithuania in co-operation with the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), UNESCO and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will be the host of the "World Information Technology Forum" (WITFOR) which will take place in Lithuania's capital Vilnius from 27 to 29 August 2003.
  • Jumping between New and Traditional Media: A New Training Kit 03-07-2003 (Paris) 
    Jumping between New and Traditional Media: A New Training Kit
    More and more people are seeing the creative potential of linking the Internet to more traditional communication technologies, particularly radio and television. The UNESCO/APC Multimedia Training Kit (MMTK) provides trainers in telecentres, community media organisations, and the development sector with a structured set of materials to help make that jump between new and traditional media.
  • UNESCO Recruits Communication and Information Experts for Maghreb and Pacific Regions 02-07-2003 
    UNESCO Recruits Communication and Information Experts for Maghreb and Pacific Regions
    Two expert posts to plan and implement projects and activities relating to all aspects of the Information and Communication development (policies, human resources and infostructure development, information technology for development, etc) are presently advertised by UNESCO. The posts, at a P3 level, are based in the UNESCO Office in Apia, in Samoa, and in the UNESCO Office in Rabat, in Morocco.
  • International Committee to Select Documentary Heritage of World Significance 30-06-2003 (Paris) 
    International Committee to Select Documentary Heritage of World Significance
    The documents of the People's Power Revolution of the Philippines and the Human Rights Archives in Chile are only two of the 36 library and archives collections from 26 countries that are being examined for possible inclusion in UNESCO's "Memory of the World Register" when the International Advisory Committee of Memory of the World Programme meets in August in Gdansk, Poland.
  • Revitalizing Teacher Training by Integrating Technology and Pedagogy 27-06-2003 (Bangkok) 
    Revitalizing Teacher Training by Integrating Technology and Pedagogy
    A meeting bringing together leading experts in the Asia-Pacific region in technology-enhanced teacher training for enriched classroom learning, an experts’ meeting on teacher training in technology-pedagogy integration was held from 18 – 20 June 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand. It was organized by the Asia Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) based in the UNESCO Bangkok office.
  • Iraqi Cultural Heritage: Second UNESCO Mission 27-06-2003 
    Iraqi Cultural Heritage: Second UNESCO Mission
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, announced this morning, at an information meeting for the staff of the Organization that a second UNESCO expert mission would be leaving for Iraq on 28 June 2003, to take stock of the situation of Iraqi heritage. The misson will include specialists in museums, archives, libraries, historical monuments and archaeological sites.
  • New Project in Southern Europe Focus on ICTs in Education 26-06-2003 (Paris) 
    New Project in Southern Europe Focus on ICTs in Education
    11 countries, mostly from Southern Europe are participating in a project entitled "ICTs for the development of education and the construction of a knowledge society" that was recently launched by the Moscow based UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE).
  • S&T to Meet Millennium Development Goals 25-06-2003 
    S&T to Meet Millennium Development Goals
    The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UN-CSTD) is organizing four Internet Working Groups to provide input into a panel meeting in October 2003 on "Promoting the application of science and technology to meet the Millennium Development Goals".
  • New CDS/ISIS Tools for Database Publishing Now Available 24-06-2003 (Paris) 
    New CDS/ISIS Tools for Database Publishing Now Available
    A new release of GENISIS, the authoring software for visually producing search interfaces for CDS/ISIS databases, is now distributed on UNESCO’s CDS/ISIS webpage. CDS/ISIS is an advanced non-numerical information storage and retrieval software developed by UNESCO since 1985 to satisfy the need expressed by many institutions, especially in developing countries, to be able to streamline their information processing activities by using modern (and relatively inexpensive) technologies.
  • First Lady of Senegal Inaugurates Community Radio 23-06-2003 
    First Lady of Senegal Inaugurates Community Radio
    The First Lady of Senegal Viviane Wade and UNESCO Dakar Office Director Armoogum Parsuramen inaugurated a community radio in the Senegalese village of Mbissao last week. UNESCO donated a so called suitcase radio - a portable FM station - and 40 oil lamps comprising an FM receiver powered by the heat of the flame.
  • International Partners Pledge Support for Community Multimedia Centre Development in Africa 20-06-2003 
    International Partners Pledge Support for Community Multimedia Centre Development in Africa
    International partners pledged strong support for Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) development in Africa at a symposium that ended this week in Dakar, Senegal. The meeting, “Digital Opportunities for Africa – Community Multimedia Centres” aimed to forge a strategy for larger-scale CMC development in Africa.
  • Satellites to the Rescue of World Heritage 19-06-2003 
    Satellites to the Rescue of World Heritage
    An agreement signed yesterday between UNESCO and the European Space Agency (ESA) will encourage Earth observation satellites to be used to monitor more than 730 cultural and natural World Heritage sites, including national parks in Africa that are home to endangered mountain gorillas.
  • <i>Agence de la Francophonie</i> Launches  WSIS Website 18-06-2003 
    Agence de la Francophonie Launches WSIS Website
    The Agence intergouvernementale de la francophonie (intergovernmental agency for French-speaking countries) has established its Website dedicated to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) that will take place in December in Geneva and in November 2005 in Tunis, Tunisia. .
  • UNESCO/ABU Workshop for Asian TV Content Makers 17-06-2003 
    UNESCO/ABU Workshop for Asian TV Content Makers
    A TV Documentary Workshop, orbanized by UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and hosted by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), took place in Suwon and Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 10 to 14 June 2003.
  • Vanuatu Radio with New Consoles 16-06-2003 
    Vanuatu Radio with New Consoles
    On the Pacific island of Vanuatu, the Board, Management and Staff of the national radio have recently witnessed the official launching of two brand new consoles funded by UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication, IPDC. The new equipment helps to ensure uninterrupted broadcasting of radio programmes to all parts of the country.
  • OAS and UNESCO Partner to Promote Freedom of Expression 13-06-2003 
    OAS and UNESCO Partner to Promote Freedom of Expression
    Legislation regulating media should not be used to limit media diversity and restrict the free flow of opinions, according to Eduardo Bertoni, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States (OAS), speaking in a recent meeting with UNESCO's specialist Marcello Scarone in Washington.
  • Digital Opportunities for Africa: Community Multimedia Centres 12-06-2003 
    Digital Opportunities for Africa: Community Multimedia Centres
    A pan-African Symposium on Community Multimedia Centres opens today in Dakar, Senegal. The aim of the six-day meeting, organised by UNESCO in collaboration with AMARC Africa, the Africa Section of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters is to forge a strategy for larger-scale Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) development in Africa.
  • WSIS Preparations Continue with Meetings in Cairo and Paris 11-06-2003 
    WSIS Preparations Continue with Meetings in Cairo and Paris
    While the Government of Egypt organizes the Pan- Arab Regional Conference on the World Summit on the Information Society next week in Cairo, a formal open-ended intergovernmental drafting group (“WSIS Intersessional Meeting”) is being convened by the President of the WSIS Preparatory Committee from 15 to 18 July 2003 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
  • Drying Lakes: UNESCO Workshop on Virtual Research Facilities in Chad 10-06-2003 (Almaty) 
    Drying Lakes: UNESCO Workshop on Virtual Research Facilities in Chad
    A five days workshop on establishing a virtual laboratory for researchers who work on large drying lakes opened yesterday in N'Djamena, Chad. More than 20 participants from Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic and Kazakhstan participate in the workshop that is hosted by Lake Chad Basin Commission
  • Media Education in the Pacific 06-06-2003 (New Delhi) 
    Media Education in the Pacific
    Some 20 educators from 16 Pacific islands nations met in Nadi, Fiji this week to launch the “Media Education in the Pacific. A Guide for Secondary School Teachers” and to learn skills and strategies on how to introduce the book to teachers in their countries.
  • UNESCO Launches Digital Arts Award 2003 05-06-2003 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Launches Digital Arts Award 2003
    UNESCO announces the launch of its Digital Arts Award 2003, a prize organized within the framework of UNESCO's Digi-Arts Portal and the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts to encourage the work of young emerging digital artists around the world.
  • Filming the Peace Process in Sri Lanka: Tamil and Singhalese Scripts Ready for Production 03-06-2003 
    Filming the Peace Process in Sri Lanka: Tamil and Singhalese Scripts Ready for Production
    Responding to the lack of dramatised work about the war and peace process in Sri Lanka, UNESCO is supporting the production of locally written, directed and produced short films in this country. The objective is to strengthen creativity and to help so far undiscovered Tamil film-makers to get access to the mainstream TV and film industry.
  • UNESCO, CBA Release Survey on Parliamentary Broadcasting 02-06-2003 
    UNESCO, CBA Release Survey on Parliamentary Broadcasting
    Parliamentary broadcasts ensure accountability of elected representatives says a UNESCO supported survey by the Commonwealth Broadcasters Association (CBA). The survey was commissioned by UNESCO as a part of its programme to promote the educational dimensions of the public service broadcasting.
  • Training Workshop on Television Portraits 28-05-2003 
    Training Workshop on Television Portraits
    UNESCO and the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU) will organize a TV Documentary Exchange Meeting and Training Workshop on television portraits on 10-14 June in the Republic of Korea. The meeting, hosted by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), will be attended by Asian television-makers from 14 different countries.
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