UNESCO to host International Colloquium on Archives
On 17 and 18 November 2008, UNESCO will be the site of an international colloquium on archives organized by the Archives of France, in association with the French National Commission for UNESCO.
Training-the-Trainers Workshop in Information Literacy for South and Central Asia inaugurated in India
The tenth UNESCO Training-the-Trainers (TTT) Workshop in Information Literacy was inaugurated, on 5 November 2008, at Punjabi University in Patiala, India. This Workshop, which is one in the series of eleven IFAP-funded TTT workshops, is organized by the Department of Library and Information Science of Punjabi University from 5 to 7 November.
E-government, access and transparency route: Towards a digital Quito
All through this month, a local chiva, the traditional Ecuadorian bus, will be travelling to popular neighbourhoods of Quito and inviting citizens to get on for a trip to the closest cybernarium, the capital’s public Internet access centres. Once in the cybernariums, free training courses are to be provided on how to access local government information and use e-government services.
Second Memory of the World Workshop held in Tehran
On 29 and 30 October 2008, the second Memory of the World Workshop was organized by the Iranian Memory of the World National Committee at the National Library and Archives of the Islamic Republic of Iran for approximately 40 participants from different regions of the country.
Sudanese photography: A picture is worth a thousand words
A photographic exhibition organised by UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector in cooperation with the Permanent Delegation of Sudan to UNESCO opened at UNESCO Headquarters on 31 October 2008. The images provided by Photo Sudan Network represent a broad swathe of the Sudanese life and culture.
IPDC builds capacity of Latin American community media
The Uruguayan Network of Community Infocentres (RUTELCO) organized the Second National Conference 'Communication for the Community', on 25 October 2008, in Masoller, a small village situated 500 km north of Montevideo.
The eighth UNESCO Training-the-Trainers workshop in Information Literacy concluded in Seville, Spain
The eighth UNESCO Training-the-Trainers Workshop in Information Literacy was held from 27 to 29 October 2008 at the Library of Andalusia in Granada, Spain, and concluded last week at the Foundation ‘Three Cultures of the Mediterranean’ in Seville, Spain.
UNESCO Forum on enhancing capacity in ICT took place in Tashkent
A Forum on Global Alliances in New Digital Technologies for Enhancing Capacity was jointly organized by UNESCO Secretariat and the Uzbek National Commission for UNESCO in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from 23 to 24 October 2008. It offered an international platform to exchange experiences in preparing national information managers in advanced digital technologies.
The Director-General hails the importance of freedom of expression
On 29 October 2008, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, opened an international symposium on ‘Freedom of Expression: Development, Democracy and Dialogue’ organized at UNESCO’s Headquarters to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
Award for world's best educational pre-school media in 2008 goes to Ethiopia
‘Tsehai Loves Learning’ is a popular educational children's media project in the local Ethiopian language of Amharic. This UNESCO-sponsored programme won the top prize in the pre-school category at the Japan Prize 2008 International Contest for Educational Media. Beyond the international recognition associated with this award, the prize includes an ornate trophy and $3,000 USD.
Director-General condemns assassination of Croatian media executives Ivo Pukanic and Niko Franjic
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Ivo Pukanic, journalist and owner of the NCL Media Group, and Niko Franjic, marketing director of the weekly newspaper Nacional, in a car bomb attack in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, on 23 October.
UNESCO launches World Press Freedom Prize 2009
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 World Press Freedom Prize.
Training-the-Trainers in Information Literacy: UNESCO continues its series of workshops
The seventh UNESCO Training-the-Trainers Workshop in Information Literacy was held from 21 to 23 October 2008 in Wuhan, the political, economic, cultural and educational capital of central China.
Enhancing capacities of broadcast journalists in Arab countries
Aljazeera Network and UNESCO are jointly organizing a free six-week training course in broadcast journalism (TV and radio) to be held between 26 October and 4 December 2008 in Doha, Qatar.
First Caribbean community library radio launched in Bahamas
The first Caribbean community library radio Infolight FM 108.0: The Power of the Information Literacy through Young Voices was officially launched by Carl Bethel, Minister of Education of the Bahamas, on 16 October 2008, at the Bahamas Library Service. This project is implemented in partnership with UNESCO.
Latin America and the Caribbean increase their contribution to the Memory of the World Programme
Outstanding experts on documentary heritage from Barbados, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Saint Lucia and the Bahamas met at the 9th Annual Meeting of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme (MOW) Regional Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean.
UNESCO helps raise awareness on climate change in the Pacific
UNESCO organized a Pacific Media Training Workshop on Climate Change from 13 to 17 October 2008, in Apia, Samoa. It took place within the framework of the 2008 Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR).
UNESCO and Iraqi Ministry of Education launch educational TV channel
UNESCO and the Education Minister of Iraq yesterday launched the Iraqi Educational TV Channel, IRAQI EDU. The channel is a response to the difficult security conditions in the country that keep many children away from school, and will provide support to students through distance learning.
Launch of portal to increase e-governance in the Caribbean
The Portal of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for E-Governance (CCEEG) was launched on 1 October 2008. CCEEG is a joint initiative of the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), UNESCO and the University of the West Indies (UWI) through its Open Campus.
Media and the "public sphere" are the connecting tissue of post-conflict assistance
In fragile and post conflict environments, there is the need to support the recreation of a functioning “public sphere”, thus enabling two-way flow of information among its three sectors: the media, the civil society and the State. It was highlighted by CommGAP/World Bank’s specialists who authored two new papers presented at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Director-General condemns murder of Thai newspaper editor Wallop Bounsampop
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the murder of Wallop Bounsampop, editor of Den Siam, a local newspaper in Chonburi province (south of Bangkok), on 5 October.
UNESCO's Executive Board endorses the Strategic Plan for IFAP
At its 180th session, in October 2008, the Executive Board of UNESCO considered and endorsed the revised Strategic Plan of activities for 2008-2013 of the Information for All Programme (IFAP).
UNESCO Symposium and exhibition on freedom of expression mark 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
A symposium on Freedom of Expression: Development, Democracy and Dialogue will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 29 October as part of celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 19th article enshrines freedom of expression as a fundamental, inalienable human right.
Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi reporter Dyar Abas Ahmed
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Iraqi reporter Dyar Abas Ahmed who was shot dead in Kirkuk on 10 October.
Director-General condemns the killing of Sri Lankan journalist Rashmi Mohamed in a bomb attack
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the suicide bomb attack on the offices of Sri Lanka's United National Party (UNP) in the city of Anuradhapura, which killed TV journalist Rashmi Mohamed and left more than 20 civilians dead and 80 others injured on 6 October.
Educational children’s media in Ethiopia gets a boost
UNESCO and Whiz Kids Workshop cooperate to increase the diversity and quality of children’s media content in local Ethiopian languages.
Importance of access to information for reconciliation in post-conflict countries discussed at UNESCO Headquarters
The important role that access to information and archives play for democratic transitions, as well as for fighting impunity in countries which have suffered massive violation of human rights, was highlighted during a meeting at UNESCO Headquarters.
Director-General condemns murder of Thai journalist Jaruek Rangcharoen
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of Jaruek Rangcharoen, a Thai journalist who was shot dead in the province of Suphan Buri in the centre of Thailand.
Training on climate change for media professionals from Maghreb
A specialised training course for the Maghreb media on the climate change will take place from 13 to 17 October 2008 in Rabat, Morocco. This session is being organized by UNESCO, ISESCO, the French Embassy in Morocco and the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment in the framework of the Arab Environment Day celebrated every year on 14 October.
UNESCO Office in Rabat launches second phase of online training on FOSS for Arab countries
A new series of online training on FOSS in Arabic and French starts today and inscriptions are open for registration. It has been set up by UNESCO’s Office in Rabat in cooperation with ISESCO, the association Tanmia.ma and the Moroccan Department of Post, Telecommunications and New Technologies.