Director-General condemns murder of Sri Lankan journalist Relangi Selvarajah and her husband
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Sri Lankan television journalist Relangi Selvarajah and her husband in the capital Colombo on August 12.
UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme discussed in Oslo
The Memory of the World Programme will be the theme of the "UNESCO Open Forum" at the World Library and Information Congress that the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) organizes from 14 to 18 August in Norway’s capital Oslo.
Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi TV producer Adnan Al Bayati
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Iraqi television producer and interpreter Adnan Al Bayati on July 23. Mr Adnan had been working for Italian television stations Rai, Mediaset and TG3, and for the magazine Panorama.
Open Frame 2005: Announcement of selection
The official selection for the Open Frame 2005, the International Festival & Forum on Public Service Broadcasting, has been made. The forum, organized by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT), in collaboration with UNESCO, will take place in New Delhi, India, from 9 to 15 September 2005.
CMC’s CD-ROM wins Mozambican ICT award
A CD-ROM on malaria prevention has won the first prize for production of digital content awarded by a national jury under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology in Mozambique.
Director-General condemns killing of U.S. reporter Steven Vincent in Basra and calls for improved safety
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing in Basra, in southern Iraq, of Steven Vincent, a freelance reporter from the U.S.A., on August 2. He also urged that greater priority be given to improve the safety of journalists in the country.
Call for participation: UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2005
Young artists from around the world are invited to take part in this year’s award devoted to the theme of “City and creative media”.
Special fund for Information for All Programme grows thanks to France
The Special Fund of the Information for All Programme, UNESCO’s unique intergovernmental information society initiative, will receive a contribution of €45,000 from France, as French officials recently announced.
ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Award 2005. A Call to broadcasters
The Asian Broadcasting Union, a close UNESCO partner, is now calling on Asia-Pacific broadcasters for entries for the ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Award 2005.
Regional conference on governmental public domain information in Russia
The issue of access to governmental public domain Information was discussed by some 150 experts at a conference in Smolensk (Russia) in late June 2005 organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Information for All Programme.
Director-General condemns fatal assault on Sierra Leonean newspaper editor Harry Yansaneh
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura has condemned the killing of Harry Yansaneh, editor of For Di People newspaper, who died on July 28, apparently following an assault on May 10. The Director-General also condemned acts of vandalism against the newspaper.
Experts suggest provisions on freedom of expression for Iraqi Constitution
A workshop to facilitate the deliberations on freedom of expression in the context of the preparation of the Iraqi Constitution was organized by UNESCO and ARTICLE 19 in Amman last week.
China pledges contribution to UNESCO’s Information for All Programme
China’s Ministry of Science and Technology will contribute US$20.000 to UNESCO’s Information for All Programme, declared last week the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC).
UNESCO Memory of the World Programme at World Library Congress
The Memory of the World Programme will be the theme of the "UNESCO Open Forum" at the World Library and Information Congress that IFLA organizes from 14 to 18 August in Norway’s capital Oslo.
Bangalore Chosen as India Headquarters for UN Technology in Education Initiative
India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore, has been chosen as the India headquarters for the United Nations “Global e-school and Communities Initiative” (Gesci), a special campaign to promote the use of technology in education.
Reports of UNESCO’s four thematic meetings for WSIS now online
The reports of the four conferences that UNESCO organized from February to May 2005 as “thematic meetings” for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which will held its second session in Tunis, Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005, are now available on line.
UNESCO prepares to launch new ICT teacher training project
Preparing teachers to judiciously use technologies for teaching and learning is the aim of the Next Generation of Teachers (NET) Project, which is designed to assist teacher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. It is one of UNESCO’s most recent initiatives for the professional development of teachers that the Organization as supported for 60 years.
Preservation training for audiovisual archivists completed in Austria
Audiovisual archivists, conservators and IT specialists from Laos, Cuba, Uganda, Ethiopia, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Denmark and Austria met for the Vienna Summer School on Audio Preservation from 11 to 15 July 2005 in Austria’s capital. The UNESCO sponsored training course was run by the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Austrian Mediathek.
E-government toolkit for developing countries now available
A toolkit to help policy makers and senior executives in developing countries on how and when to start successfully e-government projects was recently published by UNESCO and India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) as a contribution to promote transparency in public administrations and democratic processes.
African digital library survey
An online survey to elucidate the technical and other related problems faced by African institutions and information professionals in creating digital libraries was recently launched; The survey is intended to inform a feasibility study on the establishment of a Greenstone Support Organization for Africa, which can help to resolve these problems.
ABU children’s TV programme item-exchange moves from strength to strength catalyzed by UNESCO and IPDC
Producers at the ABU-UNESCO Children’s TV Programme Item-Exchange Meeting and Workshop held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4-9 July last, were highly commended for the quality of their work and encouraged to continue contributing to the cause for more and more local content television material for children.
International media groups call for press freedom in Nepal
The Nepalese government and the Communist Party of Nepal, the “Maoists”, should respect press freedom and end all censorship and attacks on journalists immediately, said the representatives of twelve organizations, including UNESCO, who met last week in Nepal with high level government and army officials, civil society representatives and media professionals.
New premises of Palestinian News Agency in Ramallah opened
UNESCO, together with the Government of Italy and the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Information Ahmad Soboh recently inaugurated the new premises of the WAFA agency in Ramallah in the presence of UNESCO Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa.
Director-General condemns killing of journalist José Cândido Amorim Pinto
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Cândido Amorim Pinto, a radio show host on Rádio Comunitária Alterniva FM in Carpina, town in Pernambuco (Brazil) where he was shot to death on July 1.
Director-General condemns killing of journalist Jacques Roche
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Haitian journalist Jacques Roche, whose body was found July 14 in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Mr Roche, cultural editor with the daily Le Matin, was reported kidnapped on July 10.
UNESCO launches Register of Good Practices in Language Preservation
Increasing its efforts to provide project agents with the necessary tools for the safeguarding of languages in danger of extinction, UNESCO's Endangered Languages Programme is launching a world-wide call for submissions to its new 'Register of Good Practices in Language Preservation'.
UNESCO/ICT4D Jamaica regional workshop on digitization of cultural heritage in the Caribbean
Within the framework of its mandate to promote the preservation of cultural heritage, UNESCO, in collaboration with Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), the HEART Trust/NTA and the Institute for the Connectivity of the Americas, (ICA), will hold a 5-day regional workshop on the Digitization of Cultural Heritage and Digital Libraries in Jamaica, July 18-22, 2005.
Evolution of the digital divide. New report to be released in September
ORBICOM, the International Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications announces, that it will release a new report on measuring the “infostate” of 192 countries in the world in September 2005. It will be the second report produced in the framework of ORBICOM’s project “From the Digital Divide to Digital Opportunities: measuring Infostates for Development”.
HIV/AIDS media training starts in Cameroon
Community radio practitioners gather today from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Niger to attend a week-long training that forms the basis of UNESCO’s “Science of HIV and AIDS” media training programme implemented since 2003 in Bangkok, Chennai, and Kampala.
Education Makes News! workshop in Zimbabwe
Journalists from Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and the host Zimbabwe attended recently a workshop entitled "Education Makes News!". The workshop that run concurrently with Zimbabwe’s celebration of the Education for All (EFA) Week familiarized journalists with EFA’s Goals and objectives.