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  • Director-General condemns killing of Somali radio journalist, calling to end attacks on the media 30-08-2007 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns killing of Somali radio journalist, calling to end attacks on the media
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of Somali journalist Abdulkadir Mahad Moallim Kaskey and called for urgent measures to halt the killing of media professionals in the country.
  • UNESCO Institute for Statistics launches a new global survey on cinema 29-08-2007 (Montreal) 
    UNESCO Institute for Statistics launches a new global survey on cinema
    The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has launched a survey to track trends in the production and distribution of feature films. The only global survey of its kind, it covers a range of issues such as the language of films and a breakdown of market shares for national and foreign productions.
  • UNESCO Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS reached new territories in Melanesia 28-08-2007 (Apia) 
    UNESCO Global Network of Young TV Producers on HIV/AIDS reached new territories in Melanesia
    Three short documentaries on HIV/AIDS were launched by six young media producers from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji during a two-week Workshop on Advanced Documentary and Script Writing held on 16-27 July in Suva, Fiji.
  • Building National Information Policies: Experiences in Latin America 27-08-2007 (Kingston) 
    Building National Information Policies: Experiences in Latin America
    "Building National Information Policies: Experiences in Latin America" is the title of a new book launched by the UNESCO Office in Kingston at the Association of University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) conference held on 5-11 June in Puerto Rico.
  • Visit of Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information in Mozambique 24-08-2007 (Maputo) 
    Visit of Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information in Mozambique
    The Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information of UNESCO, Mr Abdul Waheed Khan, visited Mozambique 22 and 23 August.
  • UNESCO launches a publication about heritage material preservation in times of natural disaster 24-08-2007 (Kingston) 
    UNESCO launches a publication about heritage material preservation in times of natural disaster
    "Mitigating Disaster: A Strategic Guide to Risk Management in Heritage Collections" is the title of a book launched by the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean.
  • UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme to be awarded IFLA Medal 22-08-2007 (Paris) 
    UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme to be awarded IFLA Medal
    The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) will award a medal to Abdelaziz Abid from the Information Society Division of UNESCO, on the occasion of his retirement.
  • A Workshop in Nepal to Find the ‘Community’ in Community Media 14-08-2007 (Nepal) 
    A Workshop in Nepal to Find the ‘Community’ in Community Media
    The role of community media in Nepal is emerging as one of the key factors in the country's transition to a Democratic Republic.
  • Director-General condemns attacks on the press in Somalia 14-08-2007 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns attacks on the press in Somalia
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today voiced his concern about the growing violence against journalists in Somalia in response to attacks that left two people dead and one injured on 11 August. Mr Matsuura condemned the killing of the Managing Director of HornAfrik Radio, Ali Iman Sharmarke, and of Radio Capital Voice Director, Mahad Ahmed Elmi, in a separate attack earlier that day.
  • Israeli Journalists to Attend Peace Journalism Workshops 10-08-2007 (Tel Aviv) 
    Israeli Journalists to Attend Peace Journalism Workshops
    What are the lessons to be learned from the media coverage of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Lebanon? How can the coverage of conflict, war, and peace processes in the Middle East be improved?
  • UNESCO releases photo study on community access centres 08-08-2007 (New Delhi) 
    UNESCO releases photo study on community access centres
    "From access to engagement: community access centres" is the title of a photo publication prepared by UNESCO that captures the exciting developments that are taking place in community access centres.
  • Open Frame 2007. Announcement of selection 07-08-2007 (Paris) 
    Open Frame 2007. Announcement of selection
    Earlier this summer, UNESCO and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) of India invited audio-visual professionals to submit their latest productions to The Open Frame: The International Festival & Forum on Public Service Broadcasting, to be held in New Delhi (India) on 24-28 August 2007.
  • Increasing information literacy of Afghan women 06-08-2007 (Kabul) 
    Increasing information literacy of Afghan women
    A training programme provides women and girls with opportunities to gain access to the wider world through ICT.
  • New Media: Press Freedom Dimension – records of an international conference released 03-08-2007 (Paris) 
    New Media: Press Freedom Dimension – records of an international conference released
    A publication entitled “New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension” has just been released. It is a record of an international conference, organized by UNESCO, the World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC) and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) on New Media: The Press Freedom Dimension Challenges and Opportunities of New Media for Press Freedom.
  • Preparing a new generation of media trainers in Central Asia 03-08-2007 (Almaty) 
    Preparing a new generation of media trainers in Central Asia
    The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and UNESCO recently implemented a training of trainers workshop. It provided professional broadcasters and personnel from media NGOs in Central Asia with the knowledge that they need to carry out effective training in their organizations.
  • Knowledge acquisition is changing radically, UNESCO Declaration states 02-08-2007 (Bonn) 
    Knowledge acquisition is changing radically, UNESCO Declaration states
    Knowledge acquisition and sharing will increasingly be technology mediated, and traditional educational processes will be revolutionized, said experts at a UNESCO organized event in Kronberg, Germany, recently.
  • UNESCO launches ICT-in-Education online community 01-08-2007 (Bangkok) 
    UNESCO launches ICT-in-Education online community
    As part of a new “Knowledge Communities” project, UNESCO Office in Bangkok has launched an online ICT-in-Education community: an interactive forum which welcomes educators, teachers, administrators, policy makers and others to share their ideas and opinions on topics relating to the use of ICT in education.
  • Just published: Initiating and Managing SchoolNets 27-07-2007 (Bangkok) 
    Just published: Initiating and Managing SchoolNets
    Initiating and Managing SchoolNets is the third volume in the ICT in Education Lessons Learned series. This volume provides an overall summary of the lessons learned during the implementation of the UNESCO SchoolNet project, Strengthening the Use of ICT in Schools and SchoolNet in the ASEAN Context, which was funded by Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) and the ASEAN Foundation.
  • UNESCO helps develop educational broadcasting in Afghanistan 25-07-2007 (Kabul) 
    UNESCO helps develop educational broadcasting in Afghanistan
    UNESCO handed over 82 pieces of equipment, for the price of US$271,000, to create a new TV studio at the Educational Radio and Television (ERTV). The equipment was granted under a US$2,5 million project, funded by Italy, aimed at developing educational broadcasting in Afghanistan.
  • Mining Mirror: Zambian newspaper supported by UNESCO 24-07-2007 (Harare) 
    Mining Mirror: Zambian newspaper supported by UNESCO
    UNESCO provided a grant of US$20,000 to support the Zambian private newspaper, Mining Mirror. Spread over a period of two years, this contribution aims to help the newspaper build capacity of its staff and improve the quality of published materials.
  • IAMCR's 50th Anniversary Conference opens today at UNESCO Headquarters 23-07-2007 (Paris) 
    IAMCR's 50th Anniversary Conference opens today at UNESCO Headquarters
    UNESCO and the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) are co-organizing the IAMCR’s 50th Anniversary Conference from 23 to 25 July 2007 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The Conference theme is “Media, Communication, Information: Celebrating 50 Years of Theories and Practices”.
  • Improving relations between Afghan Parliament and media 20-07-2007 (Kabul) 
    Improving relations between Afghan Parliament and media
    A one-month workshop entitled "Public Relations, Video Editing and Camera Training" for the public relations and photo departments of the Afghan Parliament Lower House (Wolse Jerga) and Upper House (Meshrano Jerga) has recently ended in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Opening of the second meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) 19-07-2007 (Paris) 
    Opening of the second meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS)
    On Tuesday, 17 July 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, opened the second meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, along with Mr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and chairman of UNGIS.
  • The Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Khalid Hassan 18-07-2007 (Paris) 
    The Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Khalid Hassan
    Like many others before him, this young Iraqi paid with his life for our right to know what is going on in his country.
  • Director-General deplores death of Iraqi photographer and his driver 17-07-2007 (Paris) 
    Director-General deplores death of Iraqi photographer and his driver
    These brave professionals have added their names to the long list of journalists killed in Iraq.
  • A workshop examined the role of Caribbean libraries as information centres 16-07-2007 (Kingston) 
    A workshop examined the role of Caribbean libraries as information centres
    A workshop for senior librarians in the Caribbean was held on 25-29 June.
  • Radio Salus to strengthen coffee industry in Rwanda 13-07-2007 (Paris) 
    Radio Salus to strengthen coffee industry in Rwanda
    A UNESCO-sponsored radio station at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) launched an initiative focusing on the community of coffee growers.
  • UNESCO Supports Caribbean Digital Libraries and Digital Repositories Workshop 12-07-2007 (Kingston) 
    UNESCO Supports Caribbean Digital Libraries and Digital Repositories Workshop
    The National Library and Information System of Trinidad and Tobago (NALIS) in collaboration with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization conducted the workshop; Caribbean Digital Libraries and Digital Repositories: Recent Initiatives and Future Development.
  • New youth internet radio initiative in the Caribbean 11-07-2007 (Kingston) 
    New youth internet radio initiative in the Caribbean
    On 26 June, the Commonwealth Youth Programme Caribbean Centre (CYPCC) began broadcasting live on its new internet radio station.
  • Junior historians win UNESCO Living Heritage Awards 10-07-2007 (Wellington) 
    Junior historians win UNESCO Living Heritage Awards
    The Awards for the best schools' websites on New Zealand heritage were presented during the World Heritage Committee meeting.
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