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  • UNESCO Organizes Meetings between Israeli and Palestinian Journalists 22-12-2003 
    UNESCO Organizes Meetings between Israeli and Palestinian Journalists
    Sixteen senior media professionals from Israel and the Palestinian territories have agreed on the need to be more sensitive in their reporting about one another’s side, and welcomed the idea of giving editorial space to each other in their respective media. At the close of a two-day meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, they further agreed to meet again, to remain in contact and to visit each other’s territories.
  • UN Creates Computer Games to Boost Knowledge of its Activities 18-12-2003 
    UN Creates Computer Games to Boost Knowledge of its Activities
    The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has created three interactive games that allow the young - and the not so young - to increase their knowledge of the world body and sustainable development.
  • Director-General Welcomes Endorsement of Freedom of Expression by WSIS 16-12-2003 
    Director-General Welcomes Endorsement of Freedom of Expression by WSIS
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has welcomed the clear and unambiguous reaffirmation of the human right to freedom of expression by the World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS, in Geneva on December 12.
  • Interfaces Forum: Twenty years of experience in Library Automation 12-12-2003 
    Interfaces Forum: Twenty years of experience in Library Automation
    The University of Colima, Mexico, has been tightly linked to the technological development during the last two decades. It has been a priority for this institution the managing and application of New Information Technologies, and because of this, the University of Colima is nowadays recognized as one of the most important public schools in Mexico. In the year of 1983, the first Meeting of Library Automation took place in the university, when automation was not a common word as it is now.
  • UNESCO organized a workshop on Public Service Broadcasting 11-12-2003 
    UNESCO organized a workshop on Public Service Broadcasting
    In the framework of the World Electronic Media Forum - a major side event of the World Summit on Information Society - UNESCO organized a workshop on Public Service Broadcasting held on December 11, 2003 in Palexpo, Geneva.
  • Summit Opens with Annan Appealing for Information Technologies to Benefit All 11-12-2003 
    Summit Opens with Annan Appealing for Information Technologies to Benefit All
    Opening the first-ever global summit on information, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday appealed to world leaders to share the benefits of powerful information and communications technologies (ICT) with the poorest countries and to shape their use to fight worldwide problems such as illiteracy and poverty.
  • 10-12-2003 
    Annan Calls On Broadcasters to Help Create 'Open, Inclusive' Information Society
    United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday in Geneva called on global broadcasters to help in the effort to create an open and inclusive information society in which knowledge empowers all people, and serves the cause of improving the human condition.
  • Three million Swiss Francs pledged for Scale-up Initiative of Community Multimedia Centres in Africa 10-12-2003 
    Three million Swiss Francs pledged for Scale-up Initiative of Community Multimedia Centres in Africa
    UNESCO launched a special initiative Wednesday to scale up Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) in Mali, Mozambique and Senegal at the ICT4D Platform of the World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva.
  • Annan Calls On Broadcasters to Help Create 'Open, Inclusive' Information Society 10-12-2003 
    Annan Calls On Broadcasters to Help Create 'Open, Inclusive' Information Society
    United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday in Geneva called on global broadcasters to help in the effort to create an open and inclusive information society in which knowledge empowers all people, and serves the cause of improving the human condition.
  • 150 New Community Multimedia Centres to be Set Up in Africa 09-12-2003 
    150 New Community Multimedia Centres to be Set Up in Africa
    UNESCO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will launch a multi-million dollar project to provide marginalized communities in Mali, Mozambique and Senegal with access to information and communication technologies, including the internet.
  • WSIS Week in Geneva Starts With Science Conference 08-12-2003 
    WSIS Week in Geneva Starts With Science Conference
    Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is expected to participate today in Geneva at the conference “The Role of Science in the Information Society” (RSIS) that the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) organizes today and tomorrow together with the International Council for Science, the Third World Academy of Sciences, and UNESCO.
  • UNESCO High-Level Symposium at WSIS will Send Global Wake-Up Call 05-12-2003 
    UNESCO High-Level Symposium at WSIS will Send Global Wake-Up Call
    How can the world community move towards building open, pluralistic and equitable knowledge societies? Political and intellectual world leaders will debate this at the High-Level Symposium on “Building Knowledge Societies - from Vision to Action” that UNESCO organizes in Geneva, Switzerland, next week at the World Summit on the Information Society.
  • Director-General Condemns Murder of Philippine Journalist Nelson Nadura 05-12-2003 
    Director-General Condemns Murder of Philippine Journalist Nelson Nadura
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Nelson Nadura, a journalist of Radio DYME in Masbate City, in the central Philippines on Wednesday. Mr Matsuura, however, welcomed a pledge by Philippine President Gloria Macagapal Arroyo to ensure that the murder of journalists in the country does not continue to go unpunished.
  • National Archives of Colombia and Cuba Publish Slave Trade Records Online 05-12-2003 
    National Archives of Colombia and Cuba Publish Slave Trade Records Online
    Thousands of documents related to the history of the slave trade in Latin America held by the National Archives of Colombia and Cuba are now online available on the websites of these two institutions. UNESCO supported their digitization and publication within the framework of its Slave Trade Archives project.
  • Remember the Future: New UNESCO Flagship Project in Russian Federation 04-12-2003 
    Remember the Future: New UNESCO Flagship Project in Russian Federation
    The preservation of the State Collection of Television and Radio Programmes of the Russian Federation (SFTRP) is at the heart of the recently launched project “Remember the Future" that UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura presented to the Presidential Council on Culture and Arts last week in Moscow.
  • Director-General Condemns Assassination of Honduran Journalist German Antonio Rivas 03-12-2003 
    Director-General Condemns Assassination of Honduran Journalist German Antonio Rivas
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of television journalist Germán Antonio Rivas, killed in a town in the West of Honduras last Wednesday, and said he was confident that the authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • UNESCO Supports Creation of Free Community Telecentre Network in Brazil 03-12-2003 
    UNESCO Supports Creation of Free Community Telecentre Network in Brazil
    It was on November 19, 2003 at 11:30AM, when visitors of the first of five pilot telecentres of the NGO "Gems of the Earth Rural Telecentre Network" sent out their first e-mails from São Gonçalo do Rio das Pedras, a community of about 1,500 people in the Jequitinhonha Valley in Brazil.
  • UNESCO-AIBD Workshop on Sound Archives for Public Radio Stations of the Pacific 02-12-2003 
    UNESCO-AIBD Workshop on Sound Archives for Public Radio Stations of the Pacific
    “An archive will not cry, it will die a silent death unless we care for it”, said one participant of the Workshop on Sound Archives for Public Radio Stations of the Pacific that was organized by UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in Nadi, Fiji from 28 November to 1 December 2003.
  • HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence in Journalism in Eastern and Southern Africa 01-12-2003 (Nairobi) 
    HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence in Journalism in Eastern and Southern Africa
    Three journalists from Kenya and Uganda were given this year's HIV/AIDS Red Ribbon Media Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award recognizes media professionals for giving an exceptional contribution to society by writing, reporting and producing programmes on HIV and AIDS in a manner that raises awareness, combats stigma and gives hope and solidarity for people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • South Pacific Library and ICT Specialists Trained in Use of Digital Library Software 01-12-2003 
    South Pacific Library and ICT Specialists Trained in Use of Digital Library Software
    “This has been a remarkable workshop”, Marie-Jose Quintard of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) exclaimed at the end of a three-day long sub-regional training on the Greenstone Digital Library Software held recently at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.
  • Monitoring the Information Society: Data, Measurement and Methods 28-11-2003 
    Monitoring the Information Society: Data, Measurement and Methods
    Bringing ICT data into the realm of official statistics, so that current global gaps in the data can be identified and closed. This is the objective of a workshop entitled "Monitoring the Information Society: Data, Measurement and Methods" that the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is co-organizing on 8 and 9 December 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Summit on the Information Society.
  • UNESCO Fosters WSIS Preparation in Viet Nam 27-11-2003 
    UNESCO Fosters WSIS Preparation in Viet Nam
    A UNESCO organized Roundtable on the Information Society held last week in Hanoi as part of Viet Nam's preparation for the World Summit on the Information Society provided a good opportunity for the country's stakeholders in the field of ICTs to share views on the Summit and on the shape of the future Information Society of Vietnam.
  • Conference on Culture and ICT to Open in Moscow 26-11-2003 
    Conference on Culture and ICT to Open in Moscow
    Museums, libraries, archives experts and specialists in intangible heritage preservation will meet next week at the Sixth International Electronic Imaging & Visual Arts (EVA) Conference at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russian Federation. The theme of the UNESCO sponsored Conference is "Information for all: Culture and Information Society Technologies".
  • UNESCO Project Bags Award for Gender and ICTs 25-11-2003 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Project Bags Award for Gender and ICTs
    The UNESCO project "Nabanna: Networking Rural Women and Knowledge” has been declared the winner in the 2003 Gender and ICT Awards sponsored by Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) and the APC Women's Networking Support Program (WNSP), in the category of "Outstanding Individual/Community Based Initiative, Advocacy/Networking."
  • Freedom of Expression Crucial for Information Society Says UNESCO Director-General 24-11-2003 
    Freedom of Expression Crucial for Information Society Says UNESCO Director-General
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, on Friday, 21 November, convened the Permanent Delegates of Member States to UNESCO for a second briefing session on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 10 to 12 December 2003 and then in Tunis, Tunisia, in 2005.
  • UNESCO Joins ItrainOnline Initiative 24-11-2003 
    UNESCO Joins ItrainOnline Initiative
    UNESCO has joined six expert organizations in the ItrainOnline initiative, an online service that aims to tackle challenges faced by the developing world in ICT. This initiative was created to help Internet and computer users sharpen their individual skills and play a key role in bridging the knowledge gap.
  • World Television Day Celebrated Today 21-11-2003 
    World Television Day Celebrated Today
    With the opening of the World Summit on the Information Society only a few days days ahead, UNESCO is today celebrating World Television Day that was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996 to encourage global exchanges of television programmes focusing on peace, security, economic and social development and the enhancement of cultural exchange.
  • Local Television Production in Serbia and Montenegro Supported by UNESCO 20-11-2003 
    Local Television Production in Serbia and Montenegro Supported by UNESCO
    Encouraging local TV producers to engage in analytical and investigative journalism was the main objective of a UNESCO funded project supporting high quality local television production in Serbia and Montenegro that was recently completed. Coordinated by the Belgrade Media Center, the project supported the production of six films by VIN, Mreža, and Arhitel.
  • AIBD Television Programme Awards for the Year 2003 19-11-2003 (New Delhi) 
    AIBD Television Programme Awards for the Year 2003
    "A baby's world - the first step", an educational television programme of the Korea Broadcasting Association (KBA) and the Korea Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) and "AIDS Song", a TV spot against HIV/AIDS of the Young Asia Television (YATV), Sri Lanka, were awarded the UNESCO sponsored $2,000 Television Programme Awards of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
  • UN Organized Workshop in Nepal Stresses Importance of Independent Media 18-11-2003 
    UN Organized Workshop in Nepal Stresses Importance of Independent Media
    A workshop on the rights of journalists from a Nepalese perspective was organized by UN Information Centre (UNIC) and the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) on Friday, 14 November 2003 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The participants of the workshop consisted of Government officials, human right activists, lawyers, journalists and UN staff.
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