UN Secretary-General honours slain journalists at new BBC memorial in London
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute yesterday to the work of journalists in upholding the freedom of the press at the unveiling of a memorial in London to media professionals killed in the line of work.
UNESCO hosts Education Leaders Forum 2008
UNESCO, in partnership with Microsoft Corporation, will host the Education Leaders Forum on 7 and 8 July 2008 at its Headquarters in Paris, France.
Training journalists to report on HIV and AIDS
The first regional HIV and AIDS training-the-trainers workshop for journalists took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, from 9 to 13 June. This five-day training activity was organized by the Central Asia AIDS Control Project (CAAP), in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Almaty. Its objective was to prepare Central Asian reporters to run workshops for their colleagues on the coverage of HIV and AIDS related subjects.
Developing information literacy skills and programmes
UNESCO, in collaboration with the University of the West Indies Department of Library and Information Studies and the University Mona Library, organized a 3 days workshop (30 May - 1 June; Montego Bay, Jamaica) aimed at introducing various professional groups to techniques for developing information literacy skills and programmes.
International Expert Group to develop teacher training curricula for media and information literacy
UNESCO is to host an international Expert Group meeting at its Headquarters in Paris from 16 to 18 June 2008 to catalyse processes to introduce media and information literacy components into teacher training curricula worldwide.
Director-General condemns assassination of Somali journalist and union leader Nasteh Dahir Farah
The Director-General of UNESCO condemned the killing of Somali journalist Nasteh Dahir Farah, Vice President of the National Union of Somali Journalists and a reporter for the BBC, on the evening of 7 June, and called on the authorities to bring the culprits to trial.
Director-General condemns assassination of Afghan journalist Abdul Samad Rohani
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of Abdul Samad Rohani on 7 June in Lashkar Gah, in the south of Afghanistan.
Ethiopian children's TV show wins international award
'Tsehai Loves Learning,' an Ethiopian children's television show sponsored by UNESCO, was honoured with an award at the Prix Jeunesse International 2008 Festival. The 2008 Next Generation Prize was bestowed upon the creators of the show, Whiz Kids Workshop, a local production company that focuses on serving Ethiopia through educational media.
UNESCO is launching Internet discussion on Open Educational Resources Toolkit
The UNESCO Community on Open Educational Resources (OER) is launching an Internet discussion in order to provide input to the finalisation of an OER Toolkit, which has been created to support the development and use of Open Educational Resources. The session will take place from 16 to 27 June 2008 and will be open to everybody.
eIFL success story wins UNESCO Information for All Programme award
"Open Source Software brings a new lease of life to libraries in Palestine" is one of five success stories which won UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) award. Submitted by the Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL), this award winning story illustrates how a few old computers, some free open source software and a little knowledge made a difference in the main library of a Palestine university.
Director-General condemns killing of two Iraqi journalists: Wissam Ali Ouda and Haidar Hashem Al-Husseini
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of two Iraqi journalists, Wissam Ali Ouda and Haidar Hashem Al-Husseini, in separate incidents in Baghdad and in Diyala and urged efforts to improve the safety of media professionals in the country.
UNESCO encourages Governments to participate in the next meeting of ICANN
UNESCO encourages Governments to participate in the next meeting of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), to be held in Paris from 22 to 26 June 2008, in Le Meridien Montparnasse (19, rue du Commandant Mouchotte, 75014 Paris).
Young Caribbean journalists benefit from ACM/UNESCO projects
Ten young Caribbean journalists are benefiting from the skills and experience of leading regional practitioners under a mentoring programme being executed by the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), under the umbrella of the Caribbean Network of Young Journalists (CNYJ). The journalists were 'paired' at an orientation workshop hosted by the ACM in Trinidad from 23 to 24 May 2008.
Information literacy training-the-trainers workshop starts today in the Caribbean
UNESCO and the University of West Indies organize information literacy training-the-trainers workshop in the Caribbean entitled "Developing Information Literacy Skills and Programmes". The workshop will take place from 30 May to 1 June 2008 at the University of the West Indies, School of Continuing Studies, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Director-General condemns murder of Pakistani journalist Mohammed Ibrahim
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Mohammed Ibrahim who was shot dead after interviewing a spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (the Pakistan Taliban Movement) on 22 May.
UNESCO is hosting a strategic round table on safety in journalism
On 9 June 2008, UNESCO will host a strategic round table on "Creating a Global Culture of Safety in Journalism."
Consultation on journalism education to be held in Tunisia
UNESCO and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in cooperation with the Tunisian Institute of Press and Information Sciences (IPSI), organise a consultation on the use of UNESCO's Model Curricula for Journalism Education. It will take place in Tunis, Tunisia, on 28 May 2008.
ICTs in Education Prize: call for nominations
"Digital Opportunities for All: Preparing Students for 21st-Century Skills" is the theme of the 2008 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education.
Information Society on the move: ITU issues WSIS stocktaking report
The WSIS Stocktaking 2008 Report, an effective tool for fostering development of the information society, was released today. This Report is an update on the activities undertaken by governments, business, civil society and other organizations aimed at the achievement of the objectives and targets of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) from end 2005 until mid 2008.
UNESCO supported JET FM 88.7 goes on-air
JET FM 88.7: The voice from the Hills of St. Mary, Jamaica’s newest and first community radio to be owned and operated by a farming community, will officially launch its programming on Tuesday, 27 May 2008. JET FM is also the first community multimedia centre in the Caribbean to pilot the use of the radio-in-a-box, a compact, robust and low cost radio system that was designed and developed by the Asia Broadcasting Union with the support of UNESCO.
UNESCO's IFAP seeks comments on its Draft Strategic Plan
At its 5th session in April 2008, the Intergovernmental Council of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) considered the Draft Strategic Plan of its activities in 2008-2013 and finally decided to adopt it after an online public consultation giving all stakeholders an opportunity to comment and propose new ideas.
UN telecommunication official warns of widening Internet broadband divide
With more than half of the world’s population now becoming mobile telephone subscribers the digital divide in such phones has been largely bridged, but there remains a widening risk of an Internet broadband divide, the head of the United Nations agency for telecommunication warned.
Director-General expresses concern at the death of Indian journalist Ashok Sodhi
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed concern at the death of Indian photojournalist Ashok Sodhi who was shot and killed while covering an armed incident in Kashmir on 11 May.
UNESCO Director-General welcomes the re-launch of El Espectador
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has welcomed the re-launch, on 11 May 2008, of the historic Colombian publication El Espectador as a daily newspaper, following seven years during which it was published as a weekly due to financial constraints. El Espectador’s former editor-in-chief, Guillermo Cano, was killed in Bogotá in 1986, and since then he has become a symbol of press freedom worldwide. The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize was established in his memory in 1997.
Caribbean projects receive support from IPDC
Five projects for the Caribbean were approved at the 52nd meeting of the Bureau of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which was held from 23 to 25 April 2008 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.
E-skills and information literacy central to development
E-skills and information literacy will become central in the development process, told Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, participants in the annual event of the Global Alliance for ICT and Development yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.
UNESCO supports access to governmental public domain information in Mauritania
UNESCO and ISESCO are organising, in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Administration and Modernisation, an interdepartmental workshop on the promotion of the importance of accessing information in governmental public domain in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 18 to 20 May 2008.
ICT: A tool to promote peace
"Thanks to the revolution in ICTs, there is a real opportunity for “multilogue” to promote mutual understanding and peace,” said Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information yesterday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Statement by Dr Karol Jakubowicz, Chair of the Information for All Programme, on the occasion of the World Information Society Day, 2008
"Access to information is fundamental to all aspects of our lives," says Karol Jakubowicz, the Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO's Information for All Programme in a statement relase on the occasion of World Information Society Day that is celebrated each year on 17 May.
UNESCO supported children’s media literacy project completes its initial stage
The initial pilot stage of a project launched in 2007 by Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica and UNESCO to train children in media literacy has now been completed. Testing of the project material involved 910 students in 10 schools. The results of the findings and lessons learnt will soon be made available on the Caribbean Network of Information/Media Literacy Clubs website.