WINISIS Training Manual in Hindi language published
The Thapar University in Patiala, India, in collaboration with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India and the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, published a WINISIS Training Manual in Hindi language.
UNESCO releases “Forging Innovations: Community Multimedia Centres in Nepal”
This collection of case studies on the Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) in Nepal is intended to showcase the interesting and diverse growth of this initiative in spite of conflict and the lack of community radio regulation in the country.
Together for accessibility: ICT for the blind and visually impaired
A workshop was organized on 13 December 2007 at the Pioneer Collegiate for the Blind, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) by UNESCO and the Adaptive Technology Center for the Blind (ATCB) to bring together members of the visually impaired community and other interested stakeholders.
UNESCO-SALIS e-Learning Portal on information literacy for South Asia launched
The Indian Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS), in collaboration with UNESCO, launched the e-Learning Portal for Awareness Raising on Information Literacy.
UN agency announces global standards for Internet television services
The lead United Nations agency for information and communication technology (ICT) announced the first set of global standards for providing television services over the Internet, a move that is expected to fuel innovation and competition in an emerging field.
UNESCO and HP sign strategic partnership agreement
UNESCO and Hewlett-Packard (HP) will sign a strategic partnership agreement on 19 December to strengthen their collaboration around existing education projects. The signing ceremony will be held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris and attended by Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General and Gabriele Zedlmayer, vice president, Global Citizenship HP Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Telecentre on Wheels: A new way to access information in rural India
"Telecentre on Wheels" is the name of a six-month experimental project for remote villages in West Bengal, India. It was recently launched by the Change Initiatives, a rural Indian NGO, with support from UNESCO and the West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA).
The Open Training Platform continues to expand!
The United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) is the seventh UN agency to join the Open Training Platform (OTP). The OTP is a UNESCO-powered hub offering free training resources on a wide range of development topics, fostering cooperation to provide free and open content for development.
National Consultation to review community radio in Nepal
UNESCO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Communication, Government of Nepal, and the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB), hosted a National Consultation to review community radio in Nepal, on 3 December 2007.
ITU highlights role of ICT in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) made a statement at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia, demonstrating the part played by information and communication technologies (ICT) as both a cause and a potential cure for climate change.
Jamaica: Towards integrating ICT in Education
On 7-8 December 2007, UNESCO, in collaboration with ICT4D Jamaica, organized a Workshop on ICT-in-Education Toolkit, in the framework of the EDUVISION 2007 Conference, held in Ocho Rios (Jamaica). The Conference, organized by the Jamaican Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Energy, Mining and Telecommunication, was attended by 300 participants from 12 countries.
UNESCO prepares Media Companion to HIV and AIDS
On 19-24 November 2007, UNESCO brought together selected media trainers from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Maldives and Sri Lanka for a five-day intensive sub-regional workshop to review and evaluate the production entitled “Media Companion to HIV and AIDS”, a template for multimedia training on HIV and AIDS reporting for media professionals.
How does access to information help citizens realise their rights?
More than 30 participants from four Central Asian countries participate in an international workshop “Human Rights Policy Dialogue: Access to Information in Central Asia”, which is taking place today in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Laying foundations for community radio in Central Asia
“You are in the remarkable position of writing the media history of your own country,” said Tarja Virtanen, UNESCO Representative to Kyrgyzstan, speaking to the staff of Radiomost on the final day of a UNESCO-sponsored training workshop on community radio.
UN agencies gathered to discuss communication for development
On 3 and 4 December, representatives of seven UN Organizations brainstormed a strategy that followed-up on the Recommendations concluded by the 10th UN Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development (C4D) last February in Addis Ababa.
UNESCO at GK3 in Kuala Lumpur: Towards building knowledge societies
UNESCO will actively participate in the Third Global Knowledge Conference (GK3) from 11 to 13 December 2007 and its parallel events and exhibits. It will set up an onsite Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) and an exhibition promoting the concept of CMC in building knowledge societies at Kuala Lumpur Conventional Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Preliminary findings of a community ICT research project released
UNESCO Office in New Delhi has just released the publication entitled Poverty and Digital Inclusion. It has been produced under "Finding a Voice" project, in collaboration with University of Adelaide, Queensland University of Technology and Australian Research Council.
Experts gather to define indicators for measuring media development
On 10-11 December 2007, a group of experts will meet at UNESCO Headquarters to discuss and finalize a set of indicators for measuring media development.
Director-General condemns bombing of rebel radio station in northern Sri Lanka
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura has condemned the air strike on the Voice of Tigers radio station that killed five of the station’s staff. A total of more than ten people are reported to have been killed in the attack.
UNESCO launches World Press Freedom Prize 2008
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.
Director-General condemns murder of Pakistani journalist Zubair Ahmed Mujahid
The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Zubair Ahmed Mujahid voicing grave concern about growing pressures on freedom of expression in the country.
Workshop on ethics in sports reporting concluded in Beijing
Ethical standards in sports journalism, especially with regard to doping, were the theme of a five-day workshop that took place from 5 to 9 November 2007 in Beijing, China.
Debating at UNESCO: can mass media help successful integration?
Immigrant integration within European societies and their representation in the media were debated at four roundtable discussions during a two-day conference on The Role of Public Service Media for Migration and Integration, held at UNESCO Headquarters, from 22 to 23 November 2007.
UNESCO provides safety training to Palestinian media professionals
UNESCO Office in Ramallah and Maan News Network organized a seven-day intensive safety training course for 33 Palestinian journalists, cameramen and photographers in the West Bank. The trainees acquired skills in personal conflict management and safety, risk assessment, surviving in a hostile environment, as well as medical skills.
Developing policies on access to public information in Maghreb
A sub-regional workshop on the development of policies promoting access to public information in the Maghreb is taking place from 26 to 28 November in Rabat, Morocco. This 3-day seminar aims at sensitising public service decision makers of the Maghreb countries on the various national strategies existing in the region.
Director-General concerned by continued curbs on press freedom in Pakistan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today voiced concern over continued repression of press freedom in Pakistan and once again urged President Pervez Musharraf to lift restrictions on the media.
Radio scriptwriting competition to cope with climate change
The Developing Countries Farm Radio Network (DCFRN) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) are launching a scriptwriting competition entitled African Farmers’ Strategies for Coping with Climate Change. The competition is open to African radio organizations, including broadcasters, production organizations, NGOs with a radio project, farmers’ associations with a radio show, etc.
UNESCO and Microsoft lead ‘Next Gen’ teacher seminar in Asia-Pacific
Last October, UNESCO and Microsoft brought together teachers from across Asia to discuss issues relating to bringing ICT into teacher education. The regional workshop, entitled “ICT-integration for the Next Generation of Teachers,” explored ways to train teacher educators to act as coaches for their colleagues, including through participation in the Microsoft-sponsored Peer Coaching programme.
UNESCO supports free and independent media in Iraq
There have been 205 media killings in Iraq since March 2003, according to Reporters Without Borders. In order to support free and independent media in this country, UNESCO Iraq Office has recently organized a series of workshops, in the framework of the Communication and Information Programme for Iraq.
Bayeux Tapestry and ICRC WWI Prisoners Archives listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register
Two new inscriptions on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register were celebrated last week: the Bayeux Tapestry (France) and the Archives of the International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1923 (International Committee of the Red Cross).