UNESCO supports MTV’s first multi-platform film competition on HIV and AIDS prevention
Competition Empowers 48 Youths to Tell Their Own Stories about HIV and AIDS at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, 14-16 August 2006.
Prof. Hubert Gijzen - New Director UNESCO Jakarta Office
The UNESCO Jakarta office has a new Director. Professor Hubert Gijzen assumed the directorship starting from 1 August 2006, replacing the previous director Prof Stephen Hill who has retired recently.
Director-General condemns killing of Chinese reporter Xiao Guopeng
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, today condemned the beating to death of reporter Xiao Guopeng by a police officer in the province of Guizhou on 18 July.
Forum Theatre popularizes concept of Community Radio in Bangladesh
What does one do when communities have not been exposed to the potential of community media? The UNESCO-supported Youth Community Multimedia Centre (YCMC) in Sitakund sub-district of Bangladesh adopted an innovative approach to find answers.
Benin community multimedia practitioners call for efforts towards a national network
"The relevance of the CMC concept in Benin is clearly evident. It is not even a question that needs to be asked. We should be talking more of how to increase numbers and how to sustain the centres," said Bakari Bonkano, director of Radio Kandi FM, during the final wrap-up session of the National CMC Training and Partners Forum supported by UNESCO.
IFLA helps launch information network for African librarians
Librarians from across Africa have launched an information exchange network to promote access to, and more effective use of, government information for democratic and economic development on the continent, following a workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Director-General condemns killing of Russian journalist Yevgeny Gerasimenko
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of Russian journalist Yevgeny Gerasimenko who was found dead in his apartment in Saratov, in southeastern Russia, on 26 July.
Young creators make digital urban installations
Participants of UNESCO‘s Young Digital Creators (YDC) Programme, a part of its DigiArts initiative, will join an workshop which is one of the major youth programmes of the International Symposium of Electronic Arts 2006 that will start on Sunday in San José, USA.
Director-General condemns killing of Brazilian journalist Ajuricaba Monassa de Paula
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, today condemned the beating to death of freelance journalist Ajuricaba Monassa de Paula in Guapirimim, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on 24 July.
Linux/FOSS Training and FOSS policy workshop
On Monday 10 July, the Ethiopian Free and Open Source Software Network (EFOSSNET) launched a series of workshops targeting policy-makers, information professionals and development workers on FOSS tools and policy issues.
Director-General condemns killing of TV cameraman
The Director-General of UNESCO today condemned the suicide bomb attack in Kandahar on 22 July that claimed the lives of television cameraman Abdul Qodus and several other civilians, including a television company driver.
“Gateway to Global Culture” site launched
Global Memory Net, an online image library and gateway to cultural, historical, and heritage images around the world, has just been launched with a number of collections included in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.
UNESCO supports organization of community of practice on local e-governance
UNESCO, through its Information for All Programme, will soon launch an international “community of practice” on local e-government, thanks to the Spanish Government funding a series of UNESCO e-government projects.
Participative Radio in Vietnam: Let the audience be part of the show
Letting people talk about their things is the key to success of participative radio programmes, as demonstrates experiences of the Ha Tay and Hoa Binh Provincial Radio Stations in Viet Nam that were supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication.
Workshop on news exchange for broadcast journalists starts in Somalia
Helping Somalia’s broadcast media practitioners to exchange news and educating them on principles of broadcast journalism and safety issues are the objectives of a five-day workshop that started today in the city of Baidoa, in Southwestern Somalia, currently the temporary headquarters of the country’s Transitional Federal Government.
Director-General deplores death of two media workers in Lebanon and urges improved safety
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, today deplored the death of two media workers in Lebanon, and urged both Israel and the Hezbollah to respect the civilian status of journalists and media organizations.
Partners sought to translate open learning resource kit for street children in Africa
An interesting CD-ROM with learning resources in Amharic for street children was just released by the Forum on Street Children in Ethiopia and BBC; it was prepared together with the concerned young people. Partners are now being sought to translate the kit into other languages.
UNESCO Guide “Citizens and Media” just published in French
UNESCO just released a practical guide for fostering the dialogue between citizens and media entitled “ Citizens and media” authored by Jamal Eddine Naji, the holder of the UNESCO/ORBICOM chair in Rabat, in cooperation with Moroccan Organization of Human Rights (OMDH).
Fiji workshop calls for increased gender perspective in Pacific communication policies and initiatives
Gender equality needs much more attention in policies, programmes and initiatives in the ICT sector in the Pacific said the participants of a UNESCO sponsored workshop on ”Empowering Communities through Information” that was hosted by femLINKPACIFIC: Media Initiatives for Women in Suva, Fiji, from 12 to 15 July 2006.
UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Philippine journalist Armando Pace
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koďchiro Matsuura, yesterday condemned the murder of radio broadcaster Armando Pace, who hosted programmes on Radyo Ukay dxDS in Digos on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.
UNESCO organizes consultations on post-WSIS action in October in Paris and Beijing
Partnerships for implementing action lines concerning access to information and knowledge, ethics, e-learning, e-science and media that the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) adopted in Geneva, in 2003, are expected to be forged at five meetings that UNESCO organizes from 16 to 22 October in Paris and Beijing.
New version of webportal for youth in Arab region launched
The webportal www.jeunessearabe.info, dedicated to the youth living in the Arab region, has just revamped its design and content outlay.
United Nations Group on the Information Society launched with UNESCO's participation
Implementation of the outcomes of the recently concluded World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) gathered momentum with the launch of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS). High level representatives of twenty-two UN agencies met on Friday, 14 July 2006 at ITU Headquarters in Geneva under the chairmanship of ITU Secretary-General Yoshio Utsumi to facilitate the process.
UNESCO TV series collects Grand Prix and other awards
The 25th Grand Prix of Documentary of the International Radio and Television University was awarded at the 2006 Monte-Carlo TV Festival to UNESCO’s documentary “Children of Darfur”, directed by Camilla Nielsson (Denmark) and produced within the context of UNESCO’s “Revisiting Public Service Television” series.
UNESCO supports new approach to media and journalism training in the Pacific
A partnership between the Institutes of Technology in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, the media industry, UNESCO and the PMCF promises to deliver, for the first time in the region, vocationally oriented and locally sustainable teaching and learning in media and journalism.
Radio equipment for communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Equipment for producing and receiving radio programmes was officially handed over to the Minister of the Press and Information, partner radio stations and members of the Association of Community Radios in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by UNESCO and UNICEF representatives earlier this month.
UNESCO Director General condemns murder of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba
UNESCO Director-General Koďchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba, who was killed in Kinshasa (DRC) on 8 July. The Director-General has asked the Congolese authorities to do everything they can to make sure this crime does not go unpunished.
Free and open source software on agenda of workshops in Addis Ababa
A series of workshops on free and open source software tools and related policy issues targeting policy-makers, information professionals and development workers takes presently place in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
Radio must change
Radio content must be made more relevant to its audience to preserve the medium’s market share, told a Pacific media executive an international broadcasting conference in Singapore recently.
UNESCO presents publications for Bangkok's school and public libraries
Handbooks for supporting school library services and the development of librarians in schools supervised by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration were presented to Bangkok’s Governor Apirak Kosayodhin by Sheldon Shaeffer, Director of the UNESCO Bangkok Office, at a short ceremony on 30 June.