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  • UNESCO launches Young Digital Creators Educator’s Kit 11-07-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO launches Young Digital Creators Educator’s Kit
    Enabling young people to using ICT creatively to address global challenges of development, cultural diversity and inter-cultural dialogue is the aim of UNESCO’s Young Digital Creators Educator’s Kit that is now online available.
  • Fiji young media producers’ workshop on HIV/AIDS 10-07-2006 (Apia) 
    Fiji young media producers’ workshop on HIV/AIDS
    Young people aged between 24-28 years representing Government, NGOs and the University of the South Pacific, were trained to be film documentary producers and to produce two short documentaries addressing HIV/AIDS issues in Fiji.
  • UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi journalist Alaa Hassan 07-07-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi journalist Alaa Hassan
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Iraqi journalist Alaa Hassan and stressed once again the need to improve journalists’ security in the country.
  • Director-General of UNESCO condemns murder of Sri Lankan journalist Sampath Lakmal de Silva 07-07-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General of UNESCO condemns murder of Sri Lankan journalist Sampath Lakmal de Silva
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Sri Lankan journalist Sampath Lakmal de Silva and once again called for respect of freedom of expression.
  • Voices of people with disabilities 07-07-2006 (New Delhi) 
    Voices of people with disabilities
    Eight people with disabilities now have an opportunity to voice their issues using community multimedia centres (CMCs) in Nepal after a recent training workshop on audio production and new technologies.
  • Japan funds library training in Asia/Pacific under UNESCO's Information for All Programme 05-07-2006 (Bangkok) 
    Japan funds library training in Asia/Pacific under UNESCO's Information for All Programme
    A project for empowering information professionals through distance learning will shortly be launched in Asia and the Pacific under UNESCO’s Information for All Programme with a Japanese grant of US$43,000.
  • Pacific ICT for persons with disabilities workshop adopts Nadi Declaration 04-07-2006 (Apia) 
    Pacific ICT for persons with disabilities workshop adopts Nadi Declaration
    “ICT are among the best solutions to empower persons with disabilities” said the participants from Pacific countries at a three day ICT workshop in Nadi, Fiji, while urging governments to adopt ICT accessibility guidelines.
  • Local language computing introduced in UNESCO supported CMCs in Nepal 03-07-2006 (New Delhi) 
    Local language computing introduced in UNESCO supported CMCs in Nepal
    Information today is an integral part of society and access to it is considered a basic human right. But a large section of the Nepali population is deprived of such access because they cannot overcome the English language barrier.
  • Media futurist: Radio broadcasters must go digital and interactive 30-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Media futurist: Radio broadcasters must go digital and interactive
    Radio broadcasters have been urged to venture into High Definition (HD), digital and Internet radio or face the risk of being “tuned out” by listeners who are no longer just receivers of content, but senders too.
  • Logo competition for online exhibit of free expression in Southeast Asia 29-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Logo competition for online exhibit of free expression in Southeast Asia
    UNESCO and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) invite art students to take part in a logo design competition for a project titled "A S.E.A. of Dangerous Words".
  • Director-General condemns the murder of journalist and photographer Martin Adler in Mogadishu 29-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns the murder of journalist and photographer Martin Adler in Mogadishu
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of Martin Adler, a Swedish journalist working for British television broadcaster Channel 4 and for the Swedish daily Aftonbladet, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu on 23 June.
  • Indians learn to read and write with the help of ICT 28-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Indians learn to read and write with the help of ICT
    In a Community Learning Centre in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu state, India, a grandmother named Anu waits with a CD-Rom clutched in her hand. Visitors have gathered in the Centre for a workshop about a UNESCO project that uses ICT to enhance literacy education.
  • Media consultant: Radio should adopt other media ideas 27-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Media consultant: Radio should adopt other media ideas
    Radio broadcasters should adopt ideas seen in other media such as search engines, digital recording via TiVo, iPods and mobile broadcasting in order to stay current and relevant to the consumer.
  • Expert group makes proposals for future of UNESCO’s CDS/ISIS software 26-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Expert group makes proposals for future of UNESCO’s CDS/ISIS software
    Software experts meeting last month at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris agreed to support the development of a Free/Libre and Open Source solution for information management that is based upon the CDS/ISIS concept and the ISIS family.
  • Arriving at the Electronic Frontier 23-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Arriving at the Electronic Frontier
    Achieving universal primary education in countries jumpstarts secondary education. However, many regions find themselves without the resources needed to meet this demand. A UNESCO program using Open and Distance Learning (ODL) systems is giving secondary school students access to the world of learning.
  • 22-06-2006 (New York/Paris) 
    Global Alliance outlines work to solve information technology needs of the poor
    After two days of meetings in Malaysia involving over 700 experts from around the world, the United Nations initiative to foster information and communication technologies (ICT) in developing countries has established a framework for their activities.
  • Media, development and poverty reduction on agenda of UNESCO Seminar in Uruguay 22-06-2006 (Montevideo) 
    Media, development and poverty reduction on agenda of UNESCO Seminar in Uruguay
    Journalists, media entrepreneurs, government and civil society representatives, academics, and students met last week in UNESCO’s Montevideo Office to analyze and evaluate the situation of media, development and poverty reduction in Uruguay and the region, and to make recommendations for UNESCO’s action in this context.
  • Director-General condemns murder of Pakistani journalist Hayatullah Khan 21-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns murder of Pakistani journalist Hayatullah Khan
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Hayatullah Khan and urged the authorities to pursue their efforts to bring his murderers to justice.
  • UNESCO supported telecentre for the blind opened in Uruguay 21-06-2006 (Montevideo) 
    UNESCO supported telecentre for the blind opened in Uruguay
    The Juan Antonio Lavalleja Public Library of Minas, the capital of the department of Lavalleja in Uruguay, hosts since last week a telecentre for visually impaired. The two room premises in the House of Culture with state-of-the art equipment was opened on 16 June.
  • New virtual reality-based learning approach in Africa 20-06-2006 (Addis Ababa/Pretoria) 
    New virtual reality-based learning approach in Africa
    UNESCO, together with the Naledi3d Factory of South Africa has recently embarked on a new collaborative project to take the concept of the Interactive3d Learning Object to a more integrated level.
  • UNESCO Director-General concerned over security for records of Timor-Leste's Truth and Reconciliation Commission 17-06-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO Director-General concerned over security for records of Timor-Leste's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, on Friday voiced concern over the security of the records of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste amidst reports of looting and breaches of the safety measures at the site where the records are kept in the capital, Dili.
  • Director-General condemns the murder of Indian journalist Aran Narayan Dekate 16-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns the murder of Indian journalist Aran Narayan Dekate
    The Director-General of UNESCO today condemned the murder early this month of Indian journalist Aran Narayan Dekate near Nagpur, in the state of Maharashtra, in central India.
  • Preferential tariffs for UNESCO CMC scale-up project in Senegal 16-06-2006 (Dakar) 
    Preferential tariffs for UNESCO CMC scale-up project in Senegal
    SONATE, the national telecommunications company of Senegal, will provide preferential telephone and internet rates for the UNESCO CMC scale-up project in Senegal according to a convention signed solemnly on 6 June in Dakar.
  • Elizabeth Longworth takes on new function in UNESCO 15-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Elizabeth Longworth takes on new function in UNESCO
    Elizabeth Longworth takes up her new office today as Executive Director of the Office of UNESCO Director-General after just under a three year term as Director of UNESCO's Information Society Division and Secretary of the Organization’s Information for All Programme.
  • UNESCO invites proposals for evaluation of Information for All Programme (IFAP) 14-06-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO invites proposals for evaluation of Information for All Programme (IFAP)
    UNESCO launches an invitation to institutions and expert groups that are interested in evaluating its Information for All Programme (IFAP), an initative aiming at harnessing the new opportunities of the information age to create equitable societies through better access to information.
  • Amsterdam named “World Book Capital 2008” 14-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Amsterdam named “World Book Capital 2008”
    Amsterdam has been chosen as the 2008 “World Book Capital” by a selection committee, comprised of representatives of UNESCO and the three main international organizations representing the book industry, that met at UNESCO on 8 June.
  • Conference on traditional medicine and pharmacy in medieval manuscripts in Baku opened 13-06-2006 (Paris/Baku) 
    Conference on traditional medicine and pharmacy in medieval manuscripts in Baku opened
    “Traditional medicine and pharmacy in medieval manuscripts” is the theme of a three day conference that opened yesterday in Baku, Azerbaijan after the inclusion of medicine manuscripts of Azerbaijan in the UNESCO’s “Memory of the World Register” in 2005.
  • UNESCO to sit on Strategic Council of Global Alliance for ICT and Development to meet next Week in Malaysia 12-06-2006 (New York/Paris) 
    UNESCO to sit on Strategic Council of Global Alliance for ICT and Development to meet next Week in Malaysia
    UNESCO, represented by its Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Abdul Waheed Khan, will part of the 60 seat Strategic Council of the Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Development that will be launched next week in Kuala Lumpur.
  • UNESCO publishes studies on trends in audiovisual markets in the South 09-06-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO publishes studies on trends in audiovisual markets in the South
    A set of research studies on current audiovisual trends in the world has just been published within the framework of UNESCO's project “Harnessing ICTs for the audio-visual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries”.
  • Call for candidates for prize on the use of ICT in education 08-06-2006 (Paris) 
    Call for candidates for prize on the use of ICT in education
    The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education is now calling for candidates.
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