IT for Video Production: Caribbean Workshop Held in Curacao
A workshop of the Caribbean Interactive Network for Video Producers (CARINET) on "IT as a tool for video productions" in Willemstad, Curacao earlier this month was "a godsend for Caribbean producers wishing to learn more about the latest technological developments for video production", says Jocelyne Josiah of UNESCO's Kingston Office.
Latin America and the Caribbean: Towards a Common Approach to Information Society
UNESCO, together with the UN ICT Task Force and the Brazilian Government sponsor a high-level technical meeting to discuss priorities related to the Information Society in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean end of this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
UNESCO’s contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society presented to Member States
Yesterday, at a briefing session for the Permanent Delegations, the Director-General outlined how UNESCO is engaging with the preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
Afghan Girl Takes Centre Stage in Kabul Press Freedom Seminar
Confidently striding to the podium, a young female journalist stole the scene in one of the working sessions of the three day International Seminar on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media in Afghanistan held in Kabul (3 - 5 September, 2002) co-funded and co- organised by UNESCO, other international partners and the Ministry of Information and Culture.
UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme Nominee for Stockholm Challenge Award
UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme with its twofold approach to protect documentary heritage and to make it accessible through ICTs is one of the 101 projects that have been nominated for the Stockholm Challenge Award 2002, a unique prize for pioneering ICT projects worldwide.
UNESCO Outlines Strategy to Combat Digital Divide
Mindful both of the potentials of ICTs and of the dangers of increased marginalization these represent for those without access to them, UNESCO has developed a four-pronged strategy which it will urge States to adopt as their own at WSIS.
Website for UNESCO's Preparation of World Summit on Information Society Launched
An online platform providing information on UNESCO's contribution to the preparation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is now at http://www.unesco.org/wsis. The website provides data on UNESCO's numerous preparatory activities and lists links to similar services of other organizations and national governments.
Central American Countries to Discuss WSIS Preparation
Representatives from Central American countries will meet from 29 to 31 October 2002 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on invitation of UNESCO and ITU, to discuss the political, social and educational challenges of the Information Society and to contribute to the preparation of the region for the World Summit on the Information Society.
UNESCO/DANIDA Supported Cambodia Communication Institute to Open in October
One can still hear the drills, the picks and the hoes; carpenters, painters, electricians and landscapers are here and there. What started as a ‘small’ UNESCO/DANIDA project in support of media democratization processes in Cambodia has finally crystallized into a fully-fledged Communication Institute that will open next month.
Ground-Breaking Free Press Declaration made in Kabul
An historic Declaration on the future of the free press in Afghanistan was made in Kabul yesterday. It was the culmination of a three-day International Seminar on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media in Afghanistan (3rd-5th September) organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture and UNESCO.
On-Line Discussion Forum on “Freedom of Expression in the Information Society”
“Freedom of expression in the Information Society” is the theme of an online discussion forum that starts on 9 September prior to a symposium on this theme that the French National Commission for UNESCO organizes on 15 and 16 November. The Forum and the Symposium are part of UNESCO's preparation for the World Summit on the Information Society.
UNESCO Launches New International Programme on Local Content
UNESCO has just launched an innovative initiative in the field of local content production. The new UNESCO "Programme for Creative Content" aims at stimulating creativity and innovation in local content production for television, radio and new media in developing countries.
Afghanistan Press Law Criticised
Afghanistan’s new press law, introduced in mid-February, has come under fire at a major conference in Kabul. In a working session on the first day of the three day International Seminar on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media (3rd-5th September), speakers questioned various aspects of the new law and the way in which it affected journalists and their rights.
Memory of the World Recognition for Three Malay Documents
In a ceremony at Kuala Lumpur's National Theater last week, the King of Malaysia proclaimed three historical Malay documents, which have been recognized by UNESCO as belonging to the "Memory of the World", as part of the royal collection. The documents ar
Major Press Freedom Seminar Underway in Kabul
Launching the first International Seminar on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media in Afghanistan (3rd-5th September), President Hamid Karzai today committed his Administration to freedom of expression and democracy.
Bureau of Intergovernmental Council for UNESCO’s "Information for All Programme" Meets in Paris
ICT experts from Canada, China, Colombia, Iraq, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru and Slovakia forming the Bureau of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) will meet today and tomorrow in Paris. Chaired by IFAP President Graciela Fernandez Baca of Peru, the meeting will prepare the second session of the Council in early 2003.
Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media in Afghanistan
Riz Khan, a world known journalist and CNN television presenter, will moderate an international seminar on promoting independent and pluralistic media in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, next week. The three-day event that starts on 3 September is organized by the authorities of Afghanistan at the initiative of UNESCO.
Libraries Contribute to Sustainable Development Says IFLA
As negotiations on the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg continue, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) asserts that library and information services promote sustainable development by ensuring freedom of access to information.
WSIS Themes to be Discussed in Geneva
An informal meeting on the principles guiding the preparatory work the World Summit on the Information Society and on its content and themes of will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 16 to 18 September 2002 pursuant to a decision of PrepCom-1 in July this year.
UNESCO Mourns Loss of Claude Ondobo, Director of Communication Development
A funeral service takes place in Paris today for Mr Claude Ondobo Ndzana, Deputy Assistant Director-General of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO and Director of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), who died on 15 August 2002.
Film on Genocide in Cambodia Co-produced by UNESCO
UNESCO and the French Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA) have recently agreed to co-produce a documentary on the memory of the Cambodian genocide. Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh, who has devoted all his films to the history of his country, will direct the documentary.
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
As the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is being worldwide celebrated today, UNESCO continuous implementing its Memory of the World Slave Trade Archives project, one of its many initiatives related to the slave trade.
Pakistan Media Project Aims to Change Attitudes about Women
An innovative initiative has worked for the past five years help the media in Pakistan examine the way women are portrayed and develop more balanced and positive approaches reports the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Training Journalists in Africa: UNESCO Model Curricula Published
Communication training in Africa is at the crossroads. Political, social, economic and technological changes, as well as changes in education, and communication systems compel new approaches. UNESCO's now published model curricula for communication training in Africa are taking account of the new context.
Glasgow World Centre of Librarians this Week
- Librarians from all over the world are meeting this week in Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom) to discuss the theme "Libraries for life: democracy, diversity, delivery" at the 68th Council and General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
UNESCO Seminar on ICTs in Higher Education in Africa
The UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) is organizing a Seminar for High-Level Experts on Policy Formulation and Practical Usage of ICTs for Higher Distance Education in Countries in Africa (HDECA). The event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 29 October to 1 November 2002.
HIV/AIDS Preventive Education through ICTs
To address the growing problems and incidence of HIV/AIDS in the cross-border areas of the Greater Mekong Subregion, the Asian Development Bank, with financial support from the Japan Fund for ICT is proposing the development and implementation of programmes that will deal with these problems in collaboration with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau of Education and SEAMEO.
Third Congress on Community Networking in Digital Era to Address WSIS
“Democratizing the Information Society: Innovation, Advocacy, Action” will be the global issue addressed by the third Global Congress on Community Networking that will take place in Montreal, Canada, the 7-12 October 2002.
New Tools for Data Exchange from and to CDS/ISIS
Two new tools - ImpExp2709 and IsisAscii v 0.92 - have recently been released for data exchange from and to UNESCO's software package CDS/ISIS, a generalized information storage and retrieval system that is freely distributed. The new utilities are released with their source code (GPL license).
Public Service Broadcasting and Cultural Diversity in the Media. A Forum in India
Indian TV makers and viewers will have the opportunity to screen films from countries, which usually provide no TV content, at a UNESCO Forum on "Public Service Broadcasting and Cultural Diversity" that will take place in New Delhi, India from 23 to 26 August 2002.