Consultations on implementation of WSIS decision in Geneva
Consultations on how to best implement the decisions of the World Summit on the Information Society in a truly multi-stakeholder approach will be held on 24 February 2006 at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ta-Oi District Radio hits the airwaves
Thanks to the financial and technical support from the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Ta-Oi Radio, the first district radio station of Lao People's Democratic Republic, began broadcasting on 20 January 2006.
Training and professionalisation of rural media in Pakistan
In the end of 2005, 10 workshops for district correspondents from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan were organized by UNESCO, in the framework of its programme on promoting freedom of expression and human resource development in the media field.
Director-General condemns murder of Guyanese journalist Ronald Waddell
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of television journalist Ronald Waddell in Guyana and called for a full investigation into the crime.
Online workshop for journalists on Education for All organized by UNESCO
UNESCO, in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), is conducting an Online Workshop for Journalists on Writing, Reporting and Investigating the Goals of Education for All (EFA) through the e-learning platform Media Learning Centre.
UNESCO distributes radio receivers to Tsunami victims in Aceh
UNESCO Office in Jakarta, using the funds donated by the Danish Journalist Association, carried out the distribution of 100 radio receivers to Tsunami victims in Aceh, Indonesia.
UNESCO organizes an international workshop on Information Literacy in Jamaica
Librarians from over twenty countries of the Commonwealth gathered in Jamaica from 28 January to 2 February 2006 for an International Workshop on Information Literacy for Public Librarians across the Commonwealth.
New UNESCO publication on Partnerships in Development Practice now online
Partnerships in Development Practice: Evidence from multi-stakeholder ICT4D partnership practice in Africa, has been published by UNESCO as part of its series for the World Summit on the Information Society.
Director-General deplores death of Iraqi television journalist Mahmoud Zaal and calls for improved safety for media workers
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the death on the 23rd of January of Mahmoud Zaal, journalist for TV Baghdad who was reporting on fighting in the city of Ramadi. He furtHe further called for measures to improve the safety of media personnel in Iraq.
Director-General condemns murder of Philippines journalists Rolly Cañete and Graciano Aquino
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the murder of Philippines journalists Rolly Cañete and Graciano Aquino on the on the 20th and 21st of January respectively.
UNESCO Chair in Communication opened in Rabat
A UNESCO Chair dedicated to Public and Community Communication will be hosted by the Institut Supérieur de l'Information et de la Communication (ISIC) of Rabat, Morocco.
Media trainers learn to develop multimedia training materials for HIV/AIDS reporting
In January 2006, UNESCO brought together selected media trainers from Bangladesh, Jordan and Kazakhstan for a three-day intensive workshop on Media and HIV/AIDS: Training of Trainers on Development of Multimedia Materials.
UNESCO support to media professionals for electoral coverage in run up to Palestinian elections
Elections can be a key element either in conflict resolution or escalation. Therefore, free and fair elections are essential for democracy consolidation and conflict prevention. The role and professionalism of media are crucial during such periods.
Retraining Afghan Media
A course on Television News Production, funded by UNESCO Kabul Office and organized by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), took place from 21 November to 16 December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Net for Journalists: A practical guide to the Internet for journalists in developing countries
UNESCO collaborated with the Thomson Foundation and Commonwealth Broadcasting Association to produce a handbook for journalists of developing countries on the use of Internet for journalistic purposes.
CD-ROM with training material for rural radio broadcasters published
A CD Rom entitled Global Goals - Local Action: Rural radio broadcasters mobilize in support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals" was just published and is now being distributed to more than 500 community radio stations in Africa.
Media and HIV/AIDS: Training of trainers workshop on developing multimedia material
Fourteen senior media professionals from Jordan, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh will be trained in the development of multimedia training materials on HIV/AIDS reporting at a four day workshop that started today in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
What future for women in the media?
Media and gender researchers and practitioners gathered last week at an International Forum of the UNESCO Chair in Media and Gender in Beijing, China, in order to discuss the role of women in the media.
Career and capacity building for women journalists in the Maghreb
Since two days now, 15 women journalists from Maghreb countries are participating in a career and capacity building workshop at the Institut Supérieur de lInformation et de la Communication (ISIC) in Rabat, Morocco.
Spain releases US$ 816,000 for IFAP projects
Thanks to funds now released by the Spanish Government, four projects of UNESCOs Information for All Programme (IFAP) can now begin. All four projects deal with e-governance in Latin American countries.
Sadiq News, a bulletin that covers freedom of expression issues for rural Pakistani journalists
Sadiq News, a bulletin that covers freedom of expression issues for rural Pakistani journalists, has published and begun distributing its inaugural issue.
Consultations on Internet Governance Forum in February in Geneva
Consultations on the organization of a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue Forum on Internet Governance, that was requested by WSIS in Tunis, will take place in Geneva from 16 to 17 February 2006.
Director-General condemns murder of Indian journalist Prahlad Goala in the state of Assam
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of reporter Prahlad Goala in the district of Golaghat in Assam (Northern India) on 6 January.
UNESCO Guidelines for designing terminology policies now available
UNESCO just published Guidelines for Terminology Policies. Formulating and implementing terminology policy in language communities that was prepared by the International Information Centre for Terminology (Infoterm).
IPDC supports AIBD project for regional radio stations
Have you ever heard of Rongpur radio station? For 8 Million people in the North of Bangladesh this is their only local radio station. Or of Lakxao Radio, which serves more than 200,000 thousand people in a remote area of Laos?
Workshop on website building and development ended in Lebanon
UNESCO in cooperation with the Lebanese Association for the rights of the Handicapped, concluded the second workshop on website building and development for NGO personnel that work with people with special needs, in Tripoli (Lebanon) last Saturday.
UNESCO nominated as one of the “Linguists of the Year”
UNESCO is one of the 14 "Linguists of the Year" 2005 nominated by the members of Inttranet,a global network of professional interpreters and translators. The leading three nominees were Noam Chomsky (17.43%), UNESCO (13.76%) and In Memoriam: interpreters killed in the line of duty (11.01%).
Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning
A ten-year old girl on holiday saved over 100 lives in Phuket, Thailand, when the tsunami hit in December 2004 because she was information literate. Details of this story were shared during a High Level Colloquium on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning, in Alexandria, Egypt, on 6-9 November 2005.
ICT to preserve and access endangered Caucasian languages
Audio and video recordings of endangered Ibero-Caucasian languages and dialects such as: Laz, Udi, Tsova-Tush (Batsbie), Abkhaz and Khevsur dialect of Georgian Language - are now available in a multimedia digital library thanks to the UNESCO sponsored project “Caucasian Languages Sound Library”.
Measuring linguistic diversity on the Internet
Hundreds of local languages may be sidelined in the drive to bridge the digital divide because of technological oversight and political inertia, according to a new UNESCO publication entitled Measuring Linguistic Diversity on the Internet.