Director-General condemns killing of Mexican radio journalist Alejandro Xenón Fonseca Estrada
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the shooting in Villahermosa, Tabasco, on 23 September, of Alejandro Xenón Fonseca Estrada, a Mexican radio journalist and an activist who campaigned against organized crime.
UNESCO creates wiki on journalism curricula
Following the publication of the Model Curricula for Journalism Education last year, UNESCO has created an interactive wiki platform to adapt it to teaching journalism in Arabic and French. Wiki on the Journalism Education Curricula gives access to the main courses proposed in the Curricula, accompanied by books and reference texts.
Caribbean consultation on UNESCO Model Journalism Curricula
A three-day regional consultation to examine the Model Journalism Curricula prepared by UNESCO will take place at the PomMarine Hotel, Hastings Christ Church, Barbados, from 1 to 3 October 2008.
UNESCO’s Abdul Waheed Khan: Enhancing journalism is essential to development of a nation
Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, participated in the 13th international journalism festival "All Russia" held in Dagomys, Russia, from 25 to 30 September 2008.
Number of cell phone subscribers to hit 4 billion this year, UN says
The number of mobile cellular subscribers worldwide will reach the 4 billion mark by the end of 2008, the head of the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced yesterday.
UNESCO helps Kenyan libraries build their digital collections
UNESCO Office in Nairobi is organizing a basic training workshop on the Greenstone digital library software at the University of Nairobi (Main Campus Library), Kenya, from 22 to 26 September 2008. The workshop is providing training to 20 participants most of whom are coming from Kenyan university libraries and the National Archives.
Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi TV-workers Musab Mahmood al-Ezawi, Ahmed Salim, Ihab Mu'd and Qaydar Sulaiman
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsurra, condemned the killing of three Iraqi journalists and a media worker of al-Sharqiya television in Mosul on 13 September and exhorted the authorities to give priority to measures that protect the media.
Director-General welcomes Myanmar’s release of U Win Tin, laureate of 2001 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, expressed his “immense joy” over the release by the authorities of Myanmar of U Win Tin, the 2001 laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, after 19 years in prison.
Rio meeting adopts declaration on the future of ISIS software
The third edition of the World Meeting of ISIS took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 14 to 16 September 2008. It was organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information (BIREME), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Ecuador: 10 million mobile phones at the service of development
The workshop on “Humanizing technology for rural development” was recently co-organized by UNESCO, InfoDesarrollo Network and IICD in Riobamba, Ecuador.
International conference set foundations for linguistic diversity in cyberspace
An international conference “Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace” addressed the issue of multilingualism on the Internet last July in Yakutsk, Russian Federation.
Director-General voices concern over the safety of journalists in the Caucasus
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today once again voiced concern over the safety of journalists in the Caucasus.
Director-General condemns death of cameraman Javed Ahmed Mir in Kashmir and voices concern over media safety
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the death of local television cameraman Javed Ahmed Mir in Indian Kashmir, and voiced concern for the safety of journalists in the region.
UNESCO launches guidebook on the use of computer for parents and educators
UNESCO Office in Montevideo has released a guidebook for parents and educators on the use of personal computer with the aim to strengthen cooperation and the exchange of information between schools and families.
Morocco organises its first Memory of the World workshop
UNESCO's programme aiming at preservation and dissemination of valuable archive holdings and library collections worldwide organises a workshop on 12 September 2008 in Rabat, Morocco.
UNESCO helps Zanzibar build broadcasting policy
Members of the House of Representatives and media owners in Zanzibar had a chance to air their views on the draft of new Broadcasting Policy for Zanzibar last August. Two consultation meetings were organized by the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Dar es Salaam.
UNESCO's Abdul Waheed Khan: ICT to shape the future of education and learning
Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) has published an exclusive interview with Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, in which he shares his insights on education and the role of ICT for socio-economic development.
UNESCO to hold International High Level Symposium on Freedom of Expression and Exhibition on Safety of Journalists
On the occasion of 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNESCO is organizing an International High Level Symposium on Freedom of Expression.
UN Agency gives laptops to youth at technology conference
The United Nations technology agency (ITU) announced today that it will give away free laptops to each of the young participants attending its Asia conference in Bangkok this weekend.
Information booklet on connectivity issues published
A Connectivity Booklet has just been published by the Infodesarrollo network and distributed in rural areas of Ecuador, in order to facilitate the understanding of connectivity-related issues among rural populations as well as to raise awareness about its potential as a strategic tool for development.
Director-General condemns shooting of Paul Abayomi Ogundeji, of Nigerian newspaper Thisday
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the assassination of Paul Abayomi Ogundeji, a member of the editorial board of the Lagos-based daily newspaper Thisday who was shot in a suburb of the Nigerian capital on 17 August.
International information literacy logo contest: a new logo selected!
During the UNESCO session of the World Library and Information Congress held in Quebec, Canada, in August 2008, Mr Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, awarded the winner of the international Information Literacy Logo Contest. The winner is a young Cuban designer, Mr Edgar Luy Perez from Havana.
Media and the Caribbean Justice System
TV Court in association with UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean will organise a series of workshops on the Media and the Caribbean Justice System in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.
2008 UNESCO Prize for ICT use in education: one week left for submissions
“Digital Opportunities for All: Preparing Students for 21st-Century Skills” is this year’s theme for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education.
"Youth Speaking to Youths"
UNESCO has partnered with Caribbean Vizion, Violence Prevention Alliance, Ministry of Education of Jamaica and other stakeholders to pilot a programme to promote a culture of peace and inspire positive behaviour change in youths using music, drama and multimedia.
UNESCO recruits junior expert in universal access to information
The post of an Assistant Programme Specialist with expertise in universal access to information and information preservation is presently open for recruitment at the Information Society Division of UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector.
UNESCO recruits Advisor for Communication and Information for its Cairo Office
The post of UNESCO’s Advisor for Communication and Information for Egypt, Sudan and Yemen located in the Organization’s Office in Cairo is presently open for recruitment.
Director-General condemns violence against journalists in conflict in Georgia and urges respect for media safety
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of journalists in the conflict that took place in Georgia, and recalled the obligation under international law to respect the civilian status of reporters.
Director-General condemns murder of Filipino radio broadcaster Martin Roxas
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Martin Roxas, radio broadcaster and programme director of dyKR-Radio Mindanao Network (RMN), on 7 August in Roxas City, in the Philippines.
ICANN approves the introduction of internationalized domain names
On Thursday 25 June the Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit corporation that coordinates the global Internet system of unique identifiers, at the closing of its 32 International public meeting in Paris, unanimously approved the introduction of Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) in the top level of Internet addresses.