Promoting Chiquitano culture in Bolivia through ICT
A series of training courses on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for media workers from Chiquitano communities in Bolivia are being organized with the support of UNESCO´s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
Exhibition to display treasures of Memory of the World
A selection of high resolution photographs of some of the treasured items listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, as well as other properties from projects that have been implemented under the Memory of the World Programme, will be exhibited from 8 September to 28 October around the railings of UNESCO's Fontenoy Building in Paris, France.
National Archives of Malaysia receives 2009 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of World Prize
An elaborate ceremony held on 4 September 2009 at the Grand Hall of the Cheongju Arts Centre, in the Republic of Korea, saw Sidek Jamil, Director-General of the National Archives of Malaysia receive the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of World Prize certificate and cheque on behalf of his institution.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon calls for a well informed public to ensure that leaders make climate change a top priority
In a statement issued in connection with UNESCO’s International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change, which will take place in Paris on 4 and 5 September 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon encourages broadcasters to “dedicate the resources and broadcasting space needed to report on the climate challenge with the seriousness and urgency it deserves.”
International Workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software to be organized in Kerala
The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK), in technical collaboration with Greenstone Support for South Asia, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and UNESCO New Delhi office, is organizing an International Workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software. This workshop will be held at IIMK Campus in Kozhikode, Kerala, India during 23 to 28 November 2009.
International Conference on Academic Libraries to be convened in Delhi
The Delhi University Library System (DULS), in technical collaboration with University Grants Commission (UGC), UNESCO New Delhi office and other partners, is organizing International Conference on Academic Libraries (ICAL 2009) at University of Delhi Campus at Delhi, India during 5 to 8 October, 2009.
The Director-General convenes information meeting on WSIS follow-up and implementation
On 1 September 2009, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, held an information meeting for Permanent Delegations on the follow-up to, and implementation of, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This was the latest in a series of meetings convened to provide Member States with a comprehensive briefing on the status of UNESCO’s involvement in the WSIS process.
UNESCO and Rhodes University work to strengthen journalism education in Africa
A partnership between UNESCO and the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies will strengthen African journalism education in September 2009.
Director-General condemns murder of Afghan journalist Janullah Hashimzada
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura condemned on 28 August the killing of Afghan journalist Janullah Hashimzada, who was shot dead on 24 August in Pakistan’s Khyber Pass.
Director-General condemns killing of Pakistani TV journalist Sadiq Bacha Khan
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, condemned the killing of journalist Sadiq Bacha Khan in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province on 14 August.
UNESCO organizes first international conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change
UNESCO, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and regional broadcasting unions, is holding an international conference on ‘Broadcast Media and Climate Change: A Public Service Remit’ on 4 to 5 September 2009 at its headquarters in Paris.
UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World 2009 Prize awarded to National Archives of Malaysia
On the recommendation of the Jury, the Director-General of UNESCO designated the National Archives of Malaysia as the winner of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize for 2009.
UNESCO Quito Organizes International Seminar on New Communications Law in Ecuador
UNESCO’s office in Quito, in collaboration with the International Centre for the Advanced Study of Communication for Latin America (CIESPAL), will host an international seminar entitled “Towards the Construction of a Communications Law in Ecuador.”
UNESCO to enhance community multipurpose centre in Namibia
UNESCO, in cooperation with the Namibian Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies, the Council of the Kunene Region and the Polytechnic of Namibia, will carry out an assessment of information needs of the community of Okangwati. This exercise aims at enhancing the services at the Community Multipurpose Centre in this village.
IPDC continues to support East African media
Over the last 29 years UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) has been providing support to developing countries for projects related to freedom of expression, media pluralism and community media. The number of applications for IPDC funding from East African countries has remarkably increased since the last two years. IPDC has responded to emerging media development priorities in the region, such as conflict-sensitive reporting and the coverage of climate change issues.
Director-General condemns murder of Dagestani journalist Malik Akhmedilov
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Dagestani journalist Malik Akhmedilov, who was found dead on 11 August in the Dagestan capital, Makhachkala, of the Russian Federation.
22 Ethiopians complete international training on children’s media
Film makers and artists gathered at the Goethe-Institut in Addis Ababa last week to gain new insights into the production of children’s television. Participants viewed top quality children’s programmes from around the world, collected by the Prix Jeunesse International, bi-annual children’s television festival held in Munich, Germany.
Training for women journalists starts today in Janakpur, Nepal
25 women journalists from the Terai region of Nepal will be trained on personal security, human rights, basic journalism skills, and conflict and gender-sensitive journalism. UNESCO and the Nepal Press Institute, which organized this training, hope that it will help women journalists protect themselves and will reduce the amount of violence against them.
UNESCO supports Independent Producers Forum in East Africa
The first East African Independent Producers Forum opens today in Nairobi, Kenya. It will bring together participants from eight countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda to discuss and make recommendations on the setting up of an East African Independent Producers Organization.
UNESCO Audiovisual E-Platform renewed
The UNESCO Audiovisual E-Platform has been redesigned and improved to include new and more dynamic functionalities, and to increase the number of audiovisual productions from all regions of the world.
Director-General voices deep concern over press freedom in Venezuela
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today voiced deep concern over press freedom in Venezuela in view of the recent order to withdraw the licenses of 34 broadcasters.
UNESCO presents ICT training project for teachers to Brazilian managers in education
On 4 August UNESCO’s Brasilia Office, in partnership with Microsoft Brazil, presented the Portuguese version of ICT Competency Standards for Teachers to managers and decision makers in education. This UNESCO publication, consisting of three parts, was prepared in the framework of the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (ICT-CFT) project, which brings together specific guidelines for planning training programmes for teachers to ensure the acquisition of ICT skills by students.
Logo competition for World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: Deadline extended
UNESCO extends to 31 August 2009 the deadline for submission of entries for the logo competition for World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. UNESCO and the Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) have launched this international competition to design a logo that would give the Day, celebrated on 27 October, its own brand.
ICTs in Education Prize: Call for nominations
Teaching, Learning and e-Pedagogy: Teacher Professional Development for Knowledge Societies is the theme of the 2009 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the US$50,000 prize is divided between two winners. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2009.
UNESCO and TAG-Org sign partnership agreement to build inclusive knowledge societies in the Arab region
UNESCO and the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org), the Jordanian-based international business services company, signed a partnership agreement today in Paris to work together on the building of inclusive knowledge societies and on the promotion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to support education, science and culture in the Arab region.
Potential centre of excellence in Africa to train community broadcasters
UNESCO and the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Broadcast School have entered into a partnership to train community radio broadcasters from Lesotho and Swaziland. The training seminar will focus on starting up community radio stations in these countries. The training will take place at the Walter Sisulu University broadcast studios in East London, South Africa, from 16 to 21 August 2009.
Legal survey on freedom of information: Second edition translated into Russian
UNESCO launches a Russian version of Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey by Toby Mendel. This second edition has been entirely revised and updated, with more countries included in the analysis.
Director-General condemns murder of Philippines journalist Godofredo Linao
The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Philippines radio journalist Godofredo Linao on 27 July and called for the perpetrators of this crime to be brought to trial.
IPDC-funded project on journalism and ethics begins in Peru
Journalists and media owners in Peru will participate in a series of training courses on journalism ethics with the support of UNESCO´s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).
UNESCO releases a manual on investigative reporting in three languages
UNESCO and Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) release the Arabic version of an important guide to basic methods and techniques in investigative journalism, filling a gap in the literature of the profession. Story-based inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists, which is also available in English and French, can be downloaded online for free.