UNESCO's audiovisual e-platform: User 3000 just registered
On 20 March 2007, the 3000th community member registered in UNESCO’s audiovisual e-platform. With this registration, the Organization celebrates an important expansion of this on-line community, set up in order to promote cultural and linguistic diversity through the audiovisual media.
2007 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize awarded posthumously to Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya
Accepting the recommendation of an independent international jury of media professionals, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today designated Anna Politkovskaya, the late Russian journalist, as the laureate of the 2007 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
UNESCO recruits Chief of Section for Universal Access and Preservation
The post of the Chief of Section for Universal Access and Preservation (UAP) is open for recruitment at the Information Society Division of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector, until 26 May 2007.
Preservation of information on agenda of the next IFAP Bureau meeting
An open thematic debate on "Preservation of information" is scheduled within the framework of the 12th meeting of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP), which will take place from 2 to 4 April 2007 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
UNESCO and Microsoft recognize classroom innovators for creative use of technology in education
200 teachers from Europe, Middle East and Africa exchange best practices and discover new technologies at Innovative Teachers Forum 2007.
Danger is part of the Palestinian journalist’s daily routine
Lana Shaheen is one of the ten Palestinian woman television reporters, who was trained at the Aljazeera Centre in Qatar. Since her return, she had to adjust the principles and skills she learnt to the harsh reality of a tense conflict area.
Three nominations pre-selected for UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize
Three out of 23 nominations received from Member States for the second UNESCO /Jikji Memory of the World Prize were preliminarily selected by the Bureau of the Memory of the World Programme during its meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 19 to 20 March 2007.
Director-General condemns the killing of Iraqi journalists Hamid al-Duleimi and Hussein al Jaburi
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of two Iraqi journalists Hamid al-Duleimi and Hussein al Jaburi. He also called for new measures to counter the decimation of media professionals in Iraq.
IPDC Bureau meets to assess 110 media development project proposals
Members of the Bureau of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will meet from 27 to 29 March 2007 to evaluate 110 media development project proposals from 80 countries submitted to them this year.
UNESCO supports citizen journalism in Sri Lanka
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), with the support of UNESCO, conducted a short term project promoting the concept of proactive citizen journalism in Sri Lanka.
International symposium on online journalism to be held in Austin, Texas, USA
The University of Texas, School of Journalism will be hosting the Eighth International Symposium on Online Journalism from 30 to 31 March 2007 in Austin, Texas, USA. The event is organized by UT’s UNESCO Chair holder in Communication, Rosental Calmon Alves.
UNESCO supports development of screen reader for visually handicapped students
A UNESCO supported software to convert text to speech in Belarusian, Russian and English is now freely available for visually handicapped students.
Journalists in West Bank and Gaza search for ways of using Internet as reporting tool
UNESCO recently organized a series of five training workshops for 50 Palestinian journalists working in the newspapers, radio and television on the use of the Internet as a resource tool. The one day workshops were held in Ramallah, Gaza, Bethlehem, Hebron and Nablus.
“Women Trafficking” screened at UNESCO
Investigative documentary that raises awareness about the dramatic consequences of illegal women trafficking in Southeast Europe was recently screened at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
“Learning from a hole in the wall”
Using technology in basic education to improve access and quality is the subject of a seminar held yesterday in UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning.
India to establish 4000 community radio stations under new community radio policy
In the next few years 4000 community radio stations will have sprung up in India under the new enabling community radio policy announced by the Governmen says Shri S. K. Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India.
Third APIN session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The 3rd session of the Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN) was held in Malaysia from 26-28 February 2007. APIN is guided by the Information for All Programme (IFAP) and provides an opportunity for the countries to jointly work towards building knowledge societies.
Women contributing to developpment: Sixth dossier of jeunessearabe.info portal
UNESCO’s jeunessearabe.info web portal is dedicating its sixth dossier on the topic: Women as a Vector of Development. The topic has been chosen in the context of the celebrations of International Woman’s Day, 8 March.
UNESCO publishes survey on ethical implications of emerging technologies
What are the ethical implications of the semantic web, biometrics, radio-frequency identification, location-based services, mesh and ubiquitous networking, grid computing and other new computing technologies? A study just released by UNESCO analyses likely consequences of different technological choices.
Asia-Pacific’s most innovative teachers find inspiration at Angkor
Held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 28 February to 2 March 2007, the third annual Asia-Pacific Innovative Teachers Conference, organised by Microsoft in partnership with UNESCO, was the culmination of national competitions that attracted over 22,000 entries from nearly 8,000 schools across the region.
Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi journalists Mohan al-Zaher and Jamal al-Zubaidi
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of two Iraqi journalists, Mohan al-Zaher and Jamal al-Zubaidi and voiced alarm at the violence directed at Iraqi journalists.
Study on women journalists in the Maghreb now on-line
How and to what extent women journalists are impacted by a rapidly changing media environment in the Maghreb region analyses a study conducted by the UNESCO Chair in Public and Community Communication in Rabat, Morocco, held by Jamal Eddine Naji, that UNESCO launched now on-line.
UNESCO invites development stakeholders to share training resources on the Web
UNESCO launches an online platform to make available training and capacity-building resources developed by a variety of stakeholders worldwide on a myriad of subjects, including literacy, computers, business, environment, community development and much more.
Asia-Pacific MDG Media Awards 2007
The Asia-Pacific-Europe Partnership Committee on Broadcasting Development presents the 1st Asia-Pacific Millennium Development Goals Media Awards for the best documentary contributing to conflict resolution.
Exchange platform for public TV channels in Portuguese-speaking countries in preparation
A project to establish an exchange platform for Portuguese-language public television broadcasters aims to favour communication, exchange, co-production and the promotion of dialogue and cultural diversity in Lusophone countries.
Parliaments have important role in Information Society development says Rome conference
Parliaments are political guarantors of technocratic risks of the information society, said the participants of an International Conference “The Policymaking Role of Parliaments in the Development of the Information Society” held this weekend in Rome, Italy.
Low-cost internet next step in closing digital divide, officials tell UN forum
Bringing down the costs of internet access could set off the same wave of connectivity that has made mobile phone usage commonplace in developing countries, said innovators and corporate leaders from some of the world’s leading technology firms meeting yesterday in northern California with government leaders, activists and United Nations officials.
Information Technology plays key role in fostering development, Ban Ki-Moon says
ICTs are crucial in spurring “development, dignity and peace,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday told a gathering of technology experts, activists, corporate leaders and government officials.
Empowerment through ICTs in CMCs
WebWorld regularly features stories about people using UNESCO’s Community Multimedia Centres worldwide. Today, WebWorld reports about Jyoti Bhattari, a young Nepalese women, who has learned to use computers in the Lumbini CMC in Western Nepal.
Pacific focus on content creation and digitization at 3rd APIN session
The 3rd session of the Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN) was held in Malaysia from 26-28 February 2007. The Pacific was represented by Joan Yee, Librarian at the University of the South Pacific (USP).