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  • Jokkoo FM: A Rufisque Pride financed by the IPDC 27-12-2006 (Dakar) 
    Jokkoo FM: A Rufisque Pride financed by the IPDC
    Financed by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication , radio Jokkoo FM is the pride of the people of Rusfisque, a town at 300 km for Senegal’s capital Dakar.
  • ERNO News Exchange network covered Kosovo status-talks with UNESCO’s support 22-12-2006 (Paris) 
    ERNO News Exchange network covered Kosovo status-talks with UNESCO’s support
    With regular reporting on the Kosovo Status Talks, the negotiations determining the future status of Kosovo, the UNESCO supported ERNO News Exchange Network, a group of public broadcasters in South East Europe exchanging news regularly with UNESCO’s support, has consolidated its position as one of the essential news providers in the region.
  • Senegal's  first community radio Penc Mi receives IPDC assistance 21-12-2006 (Dakar) 
    Senegal's first community radio Penc Mi receives IPDC assistance
    Intervening everywhere on the African Continent, the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) remains a strong partner to community media. For Penc Mi FM 90.6, Senegal's first community radio station, which just received help from IPDC, it is like fresh air.
  • Indian Government/UN initiative to help widen community radio practice 20-12-2006 (New Delhi) 
    Indian Government/UN initiative to help widen community radio practice
    A joint United Nations group in partnership with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India will ortganize a two-day National Consultation on Community Radio in New Delhi in the first trimester of 2007.
  • Donors increase support to IPDC in 2006 19-12-2006 (Paris) 
    Donors increase support to IPDC in 2006
    The donors supporting the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) have significantly increased their financial support to the Programme in 2006, enabling it to mobilise a total of nearly 2,7 million US dollars this year for media development projects.
  • Anna-Amalia Library  in Weimar, Germany, to reopen in October 2007 after 2004 fire 18-12-2006 (Paris) 
    Anna-Amalia Library in Weimar, Germany, to reopen in October 2007 after 2004 fire
    The Anna-Amalia Library, part of the World Heritage site of Classical Weimar in Germany, which was inscribed on the UNESCO List in 1998, will reopen in October 2007, i.e. three years after it was damaged by a fire.
  • Director-General condemns killing of Philippines journalist Ponciano Grande 15-12-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns killing of Philippines journalist Ponciano Grande
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of Philippines broadcaster Ponciano Grande and called for an investigation into the crime.
  • UNESCO announces laureates of ICTs in education  prize 15-12-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO announces laureates of ICTs in education prize
    The Cyber Home Learning System for Primary and Secondary Students (Republic of Korea) and the eDegree Programme in Lapland (Finland) are the first laureates of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education. An honourable mention also goes to the project Dedicated Civil Law-Teaching Website for Arab Law Students (Kuwait).
  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Aswan Lutfallah 15-12-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Aswan Lutfallah
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of Iraqi cameraman Aswan Ahmed Lutfallah in Mosul and called for urgent measures to protect journalists in the country.
  • IFAP supports preservation of audio-visual content in the Sahel 14-12-2006 (Paris) 
    IFAP supports preservation of audio-visual content in the Sahel
    To preserve various media resources in the Sahel and make them available to future generations, UNESCO, through its Information for All Programme and Kent State University in Ohio, USA, will cooperate to establish the Digital Library of Sahel.
  • Call for submissions: UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2007 13-12-2006 (Paris) 
    Call for submissions: UNESCO Digital Arts Award 2007
    Young artists around the world will be encouraged to submit creative projects based on the DigiArts’ 2007 theme ‘Urban Environment and Communities’. The prize of US$10.000 will be awarded to one or several laureates.
  • When a video camera is no longer a strange thing for an Acehnese 12-12-2006 (Jakarta) 
    When a video camera is no longer a strange thing for an Acehnese
    A professional video camera was once used to be a strange thing for Hanum, a young female university student from Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Let alone various other devices related to camera that are usually used by professionals to produce video documentary. But now those equipments are no longer something strange to Hanum.
  • Tripura tribal community in Bangladesh finds a voice 11-12-2006 (New Delhi) 
    Tripura tribal community in Bangladesh finds a voice
    The Tripura tribal community in Bangladesh finds a voice and preserves its traditions thanks to a UNESCO supported project on ICT innovations for poverty reduction and UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
  • African community media and telecentres step forward together 08-12-2006 (Porto Novo) 
    African community media and telecentres step forward together
    The first Africa Telecentre Leaders’ Forum concluded last week in Porto Novo, Benin. The forum brought together community media, telecentre and network leaders from across the continent to share their successes and challenges, skills and ideas.
  • Training trainers to enhance information literacy for persons with disabilities 07-12-2006 (New Delhi) 
    Training trainers to enhance information literacy for persons with disabilities
    The information literacy competency of a group of Indian special educators and library professionals working in special institutions for the disabled has recently been considerably increased thanks to a Workshop that was organized at Madras School of Social Work (MSSW).
  • E-Campus now operational in Central Asia 06-12-2006 (Almaty) 
    E-Campus now operational in Central Asia
    The completion of the UNESCO project on "E-portals of Central Asian Universities" was recently marked by the presentation of the portals at Al Farabi national University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • UNESCO organizes first Infoethics Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean 05-12-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO organizes first Infoethics Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean
    Experts from some ten countries will discuss ethical dimensions of the information society this week in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, in a Regional Conference that is organized by UNESCO and the Fundacion Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE).
  • Director-General condemns murder of two Iraqi media professionals: Raad Jaafar Hamadi and Fadhila Abdelkarim 04-12-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns murder of two Iraqi media professionals: Raad Jaafar Hamadi and Fadhila Abdelkarim
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Iraqi print journalist Raad Jaafar Hamadi and of Fadhila Abdelkarim, an administrative staff worker of TV station Nainawa.
  • Governments vow to speed up efforts on electronic waste after UN-backed conference 04-12-2006 (New York) 
    Governments vow to speed up efforts on electronic waste after UN-backed conference
    The member governments to a United Nations-sponsored global pact on the transport and disposal of hazardous waste agreed today to accelerate their efforts to reduce the impact and damage caused by the rapid recent growth in electronic waste.
  • UNESCO and US Library of Congress host meeting on  World Digital Library project 01-12-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO and US Library of Congress host meeting on World Digital Library project
    UNESCO and the Library of Congress will host today at UNESCO Paris Headquarters a meeting to pave the way for the launch of a World Digital Library, an internet-based repository of knowledge from all cultures and in all languages.
  • UNESCO announces selection of video podcast proposals 01-12-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO announces selection of video podcast proposals
    Ten proposals for video podcast productions from ten countries worldwide have been selected for receiving production grants within a UNESCO initiative to harness ICTs for the audiovisual industry and public service broadcasting in developing countries.
  • UNESCO supported radio in Rwanda marks first anniversary 30-11-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO supported radio in Rwanda marks first anniversary
    “I love you guys, I like your programmes…!” a Radio Salus listener shouted on 18 November 2006 expressing the view of all listeners who called in when the community radio based at National University of Rwanda celebrated its first anniversary of broadcasting.
  • AIDS, youth and prevention: Fifth dossier of the jeunessearabe.info portal 29-11-2006 (Rabat) 
    AIDS, youth and prevention: Fifth dossier of the jeunessearabe.info portal
    AIDS, youth and prevention in the Arab Region is the fifth dossier of the jeunessearabe.info web portal, a topic chosen in view of the upcoming World AIDS day (December 1).
  • On the road to knowledge societies in African communities 28-11-2006 (Porto Novo) 
    On the road to knowledge societies in African communities
    Telecentre and community media leaders from over 20 Africa countries are gathering this week to advance the movement for community access to knowledge.
  • IFAP Chair Laurence Zwimpfer receives Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership 2006 27-11-2006 (Paris) 
    IFAP Chair Laurence Zwimpfer receives Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership 2006
    In a ceremony last week in New Zealand’s capital Wellington, Prime Minister Helen Clark handed over the country’s prestigious William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership 2006 to Laurence Zwimpfer, chair of the Intergovernmental Council for UNESCO’s Information for All Programme.
  • Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi satirist Walid Hassan and journalists Luma Mohammad Reyad and Fadia Mohammed Abid 27-11-2006 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi satirist Walid Hassan and journalists Luma Mohammad Reyad and Fadia Mohammed Abid
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the violence that left hundreds dead or injured in Baghdad on 23 November and the systematic attacks on freedom of expression, which have claimed the lives of comedian Walid Hassan, and journalists Luma Mohammad Reyad and Fadia Mohammed Abid in recent days.
  • UNESCO and HP launch ICT based project to counter brain drain in Africa 24-11-2006 (Paris) 
    UNESCO and HP launch ICT based project to counter brain drain in Africa
    UNESCO and Hewlett-Packard have launched a joint project to help reduce brain drain in Africa by providing grid computing technology to universities in Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.
  • UN hosts conference aimed at using information technology to boost development 23-11-2006 (New York) 
    UN hosts conference aimed at using information technology to boost development
    Service-oriented ICT, website evaluation, multilingual websites, accessibility and Internet broadcasting are all topics being discussed at the third annual Web for Development (Web4Dev) Conference that ended yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York.
  • Gap in broadband internet technology hurting poorer nations, says UNCTAD report 22-11-2006 (New York) 
    Gap in broadband internet technology hurting poorer nations, says UNCTAD report
    Broadband Internet technology has become so valuable to businesses that developing countries with scarce access or a lack of infrastructure to provide it at reasonable cost are suffering a major competitive disadvantage, according to a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
  • United Nations, Inter-Parliamentary Union inaugurate Office of Global Centre for Information Technology in Rome 21-11-2006 (Rome) 
    United Nations, Inter-Parliamentary Union inaugurate Office of Global Centre for Information Technology in Rome
    José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Pier Ferdinando Casini, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) inaugurated the office of the Global Centre for Information and Communication Technology in Parliament, in Rome last week.
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