Capacity building of Central Asian journalists to cover environmental issues
Six environmental information modules are now available on-line for the perusal of Central Asian journalists and journalism trainers, supported by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Information Literacy key for lifelong learning
Information Literacy, a vital element for successful lifelong learning, is crucial to maintain a country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing world. To promote this concept UNESCO participates in the “2006 Information Literacy Summit“ next week in Washington, USA.
UNESCO/UIM Training courses on local e-governance soon to start
New courses on Local Electronic Governance will soon start for local administrators in Latin-America and Spanish and Portuguese-speaking community in all continents.
Director-General condemns murder of German journalists Karen Fischer and Christian Struwe in Afghanistan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing in Afghanistan of two German journalists Karen Fischer and Christian Struwe and called for improved safety for journalists working in the country.
Investing in democracy in Mauritania by strengthening journalists’ capacities
In a bid to support the democratic process in Mauritania through strengthening the capacities of media professionals, a UNESCO/ISESCO training workshop for Mauritanian women journalists to produce radio spots promoting democracy is presently taking place in Nouakchott.
Director-General condemns the murder of Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya
The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya and paid tribute to her courage and determination to defend freedom of expression.
Work on UNESCO’s ICT Competency Standards for Teachers enters final phase
A groundbreaking international standard for integrating ICTs in teaching, will soon be available as the extensive work on the “ICT Competency Standards for Teachers” that UNESCO is preparing together with several partners from academia and the private sector including Microsoft, Intel and Cisco, enters its final phase.
Launch of Human Rights Digital Library in Kazakhstan
Last week saw the official launch of a digital library at the National Academic Library of the capital Astana providing access to a data base with over 1000 legal documents in Kazakh and Russian, most of them related to human rights issues.
International Workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software
The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, in collaboration with UNESCO and the Technology Information Facilitation Programme of India's Department of Industrial Research is organizing an International Workshop on ‘Greenstone Digital Library Software’ at IIMK, Calicut, India, 27 November to 2 December, 2006.
UNESCO survey on e-readiness of 16 Asia-Pacific counties now released
To develop comprehensive ICT training packages for information professionals that build on existing ICT skills is one of the recommendations included in a UNESCO survey to assess the need for ICT training for information professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region that was recently released.
Training for producing programme for Mauritania’s local radio Barkeol starts today
Today starts in Rosso, Mauritania, the second training workshop for presenters of the local radio station Barkeol and representatives of development associations on the combined use of traditional and new media for producing programmes that promote development and human rights.
Regional Memory of the World Committee Meets in Barbados
On the 4-6 October 2006, the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Memory of the World Committee (CRLAC/MOW) will meet in Barbados to discuss issues surrounding the enhancement of the Regional MOW Programme.
Strengthening freedom of the press in Central Asia
The integration of the Central Asian Freedom of the Press and Expression Network into similar regional and global settings was taken a step further at a Seminar that UNESCO and Adil Soz Foundation recently organized in Kazakhstan’s former capital Almaty.
UNESCO panel in Yerevan to discuss information literacy
A UNESCO expert panel at the Pan-European Forum on “Human Rights in the Information Society: Empowering children and young people”, in Armenia’s capital Yerevan next week will discuss good practices of effective information and literacy skills for children, young people and their educators.
UNESCO launches call for Feature Segment proposals for UN-Family "21st Century" News Magazine
Within the framework of its project “Harnessing ICT for the audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries”, and in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) and the UN family, UNESCO is launching a call for Feature Segment proposals for a series of production grants.
UNESCO releases study on innovative media use of youth
Young people, working with a range of media materials, produce innovative content through dialogue and discussions says a recent UNESCO study on “Innovative Practices of Youth Participation in Media”.
Director-General condemns murder of Bangladeshi journalist Bellal Hossain Dafadar
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of journalist Bellal Hossain Dafadar who was attacked on 14 September in Kalaroa Upazila, in the southwest of Bangladesh.
October consultation meetings on WSIS Action Lines approaching
Preparations for the consultation meetings on the implementation of five Action Lines of the Plan of Action adopted by the World Summit on the Information Society are accelerating with less than three weeks to go before the first meeting at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters on 16 October 2006.
Asia-Pacific and European broadcasters hold first dialogue in Paris
The electronic and broadcast media play an ever growing role in the international news exchange. To put focus on this role and to facilitate a deepened dialogue between broadcasters from Asia-Pacific and Europe, UNESCO hosted last week in Paris the first Asia-Pacific and Europe Media Dialogue.
UNESCO and BBC join forces to distribute science programmes in developing nations
UNESCO and the BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, agree to work together to provide high-quality television programmes on science and technology to developing nations in Africa and Asia.
Tanzania contributes funds to UNESCO's Information for All Programme
The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania recently made a contribution to UNESCO's Information for All Programme in support to promoting universal access to information and knowledge for development.
Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalists Safa Isma’il Enad, Hadi Anawi al-Joubouri and Abdel Karim al-Rubai
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of three Iraqi journalists in separate attacks over recent days and called for urgent measures to improve the safety of media workers in Iraq.
Focus on podcasting in jeunessearabe.info portal
The jeunessearabe.info portal is dedicating its third "dossier" to podcasting focusing on this method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio or video programmes, over the Internet and about its potential for new, creative applications.
Asia/Pacific Regional Committee for Memory of the World Programme launches website
The Asia/Pacific Regional Committee for the Memory of the World Programme which is a subsidiary of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Programme, has recently launched its official website.
Director-General voices grave concern at the death in jail of Turkmen journalist Ogulsapar Muradova
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today voiced grave concern at the death of Ogulsapar Muradova in jail in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
UNESCO supported publication looks at young people and media in the digital age
“In the Service of Young People? Studies and Reflections on Media in the Digital Age” is the title of a UNESCO supported publication that was recently launched by the International Clearinghouse on Children, Youth and Media.
Audio library promotes classical Arab literature in schools and radio stations in Palestine
“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” The timeless thoughts of Kahlil Gibran will be among the finest excerpts of Arabic literature and poetry launched in audio book format for radio listeners and schools in Palestine.
UNESCO launches call for video podcast proposals
Within the framework of its project “Harnessing ICTs for the audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries”, UNESCO is launching a call for submissions of video podcast proposals for a series of production grants.
Workshop on documentary heritage preservation and access in Asia/ Pacific
Experts from archives, libraries and museums in the Asian region took part in a workshop on "Risk-preparedness and Preservation Treatment of Documentary Heritage", from 4 to 7 September 2006 in Cheongju, Daejeon and Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Launch of UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2007
UNESCO invites Member States and regional and international organizations professional and non-governmental organizations working in the field of journalism and freedom of expression to nominate candidates for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.