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Director-General deplores death of Mohamed Abdikarim Moallim Adam in Mogadishu, Somalia

Jue, 27/08/2015 - 14:35

“I condemn this attack and deplore the death of Somali journalist Mohamed Abdikarim Moallim Adam,” the Director-General said. “Somali journalists are paying an unacceptable price to continue providing their country and the world with news and information. Their safety is of paramount importance to us all who want to see violence give way to dialogue and mutual understanding.”

Mohamed Abdikarim Moallim Adam, a reporter for Universal TV, was near the Jazeera Palace Hotel of Magidushu on 26 July when a car bomb exploded.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

Director-General condemns murder of newspaper publisher Gregorio Ybanez in the Philippines

Mié, 26/08/2015 - 10:42

“I condemn the murder of Gregorio Ybanez and urge the authorities to investigate this crime swiftly and thoroughly,” said the Director-General. “Those responsible for this killing must be brought to justice, as impunity undermines the rule of law and freedom of expression, to the detriment of all members of society.”

Gregorio Ybanez was shot in the southern province of Davao Del Norte in the Philippines on 18 August and died in hospital the following day. He was the publisher of the Kabuhayan News Services weekly newspaper and president of a provincial media association, the Davao Del Norte Press and Radio-TV Club.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

 

Director-General condemns killing of Polish journalist Lukasz Masiak

Mié, 26/08/2015 - 10:11

“I condemn the murder of Lukasz Masiak,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into this crime. Journalists play a vital role in protecting citizens’ rights to be informed and calling those in power to account. It is imperative that the perpetrators of this killing be brought to justice”

Thirty-one-year-old Lukasz Masiak worked for the news website NaszaMlawa.pl. Masiak died as a result of a beating on 14 June in the center of Mlawa. He had been threatened repeatedly and physically attacked on several occasions within the past year.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

Investing in Youth and Protecting Culture -- Keys to Peacebuilding

Vie, 21/08/2015 - 13:33

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II opened the Forum, speaking about peace not just as a quality and a value but a "pillar to hold up our homes."

In this, the Crown Prince highlighted the importance of young people as a "strategic wealth and real asset" especially for Arab States.

He spoke of the roles played by young people as peacebuilders, humanitarian workers, teachers -- "these are the peacemakers."

Noting the debate in the Security Council in April, the Crown Prince pledged to return the issue through the Amman Declaration back to the highest level of the UN for action.

Quoting the ground-breaking speech given by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince at the United Nations Security Council on 23 April, where he said “we are in a race to invest in the hearts and minds as well as the capabilities of the youth,” the Director-General stated: “I agree fully -- This is a race to educate, to engage, to nurture, to include all young women and men.”

The Director-General highlighted the heavy burden that young men and women bear in conflict affected countries.

“1.5 billion people live in fragile or conflict affected countries – 40% are young people. This is a human rights crisis, a development disaster, and a security imperative,” she declared.

“This is turning point year, when the international community will define a new global development agenda,” continued Irina Bokova. “This must be an agenda for peace, an agenda for young women and men, renewing with the spirit of UNESCO, whose 70 anniversary we celebrate.”

The opening included an intervention by Dr Babatunde Osotimehim, UNFPA, sharing a message of the UN Secretary General on action to counter violent extremism, as well as a video message by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who quoted the poet, Robert Frost: "Now that I am old, my teachers are the young." 

The Minister of Maghreb Affairs of Algeria, HE Abdelkader Messahel also spoke at the opening, which saw also speeches by three young people on the front lines of peacebuilding in Syria, Uganda and Colombia. (Global Forum Website)

 In this context, the Director-General drew attention to UNESCO’s work with young people to advance initiatives for peace – including through UNESCO’s action through its Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021), as well as UNESCO’s Networks of Mediterranean Youth Project, with the support of the European Union, led across 10 countries of the Mediterranean.

Irina Bokova also highlighted the global social media campaign that she launched in Baghdad in March --#unite4heritage -- to counter the propaganda of hatred, engaging young people across the world to protect humanity’s heritage.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Affairs, His Excellency Mr Nasser Judeh spoke of the urgency of supporting young people to counter those who distort and hijack the "essential and noble message of Islam" through an "ideology of darkness and extremism."

The Global Forum brought together 350 young people from all over the world, with Foreign Ministers, youth-led organizations, non-governmental organizations, governments and UN entities, to agree on a roadmap to partner with young people in preventing conflict, countering violent extremism and building lasting peace.

It was co-organized by the United Nations represented, on behalf of the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD), by Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Peacebuilding Support Office, UNFPA and UNDP, in partnership with Search for Common Ground and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.

Director-General condemns murder of South Sudanese journalist Peter Julius Moi

Vie, 21/08/2015 - 12:02

“I condemn the killing of journalist Peter Julius Moi, ” the Director-General said. “Citizens rely on the media to make informed choices, which is why journalists must be able to practice their profession in safe conditions. I urge the authorities investigate this case thoroughly in the interest of press freedom and rule of law.”

Peter Julius Moi worked with the independent New Nation newspaper in Juba. He was shot on his way home after work.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

Empowering African girls to be the next generation of STEM leaders

Lun, 17/08/2015 - 12:12

The three weeks training in Computer Science, Robotics, and Design/Art/Culture brought together a diverse group of 30 female U.S. high school students in Africa for an opportunity to study alongside 90 African students from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. It intended to address gender inequality at the high school level, and the crux of making important career and college education decisions.

A strong gender imbalance exists internationally, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, in regards to women’s presence in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Given the rapid expansion of IT in Africa, UNESCO believes that by targeting young women and providing them with the necessary 21st century skillset they will become powerful agents of change to achieve gender equality, one of the organization strategic priority. In partnership with the Rwandan NGO Her2voice, UNESCO conducted a 1 day mobile app training consisting of a mobile apps development to further develop the awareness that mobile computing power can be used for directly addressing challenges faced by young people challenges and problems faced by their local communities. 

Her2Voice co-founders, Neza Guillaine and Marie Claire Murekatete, provided the girls with basic technical skills based on the very popular App Inventor from MIT and the confidence to conceive and realize solutions through the creation of specific mobile apps depending on the objective of a certain particular app. 

Her2Voice operates throughout the entire country of Rwanda to provide skills and training that will allow girls to apply STEM in their fields of interest with regular competitions and prizes. It seeks to contribute to the needs of young girls in high schools by providing mentorship programs as a way of opening girls’ eyes to their own potential. Her2Voice also expose role models to them as a part of their everyday life to push them to embrace STEM innovation.

The co-founders are from the alumni of US State Department Techwomen program, and provide mentorship and direction to Rwandan teams participating in the Technovation Challenge.

The WiSci Girl’s STEAM Camp long term intent is to ensure that these young girls and their home communities continue to benefit after the camp is over by encouraging them to continue studies and careers in STEM fields. It also seeks to empower them to start projects, activities, and science camps at school, and seek further mentorship and networking opportunities.

UNESCO assists the Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to enhance Open Educational Resources (OER)

Vie, 14/08/2015 - 09:15

The workshop was facilitated by Fred de Vries from the Open University of the Netherlands, with the purpose of:

  • providing technical training on how to convert course materials to OER and digital publishing;
  • designing an OER base template for multichannel publishing;
  • updating NOUN open license statement;
  • triggering the development of an institutional OER Policy for NOUN;
  • pursuing a well-defined implementation plan for transformation of NOUN course materials into OER.

With the support from UNESCO, the workshop was attended by 25 participants, including course writers, OER committee members and staff of NOUN OER unit.

Through the presentation and activities, the workshop identified the philosophy benefits of OER and presented the activities carried out by the NOUN-OER unit since it was launched in October 2014 with it first sensitisation workshop.

A post workshop briefing was held on the last day of the conference with some principal officers of NOUN in attendance. A work plan and recommendations were agreed upon:

  • development of a course on the basics of Word, including smart formatting  by the School of Science and Technology in collaboration with the ICT department;
  • readiness of the OER-team to offer walk-in sessions for NOUN course writers on formatting and styling of course materials for publishing as eBooks;
  • an approach to rework existing tables and drawings in the course materials in cooperation with the OER team and if necessary a graphic designer;
  • joining forces with the unit for Quality assurance, Directorate for Instructional Design and ICT unit;
  • the preparing of a policy on plagiarism, including the including of references and taking into account proper use of free and the use of external OER courses;
  • updating the current draft OER policy and presenting the finished version to the senate.

Through this workshop and as part of its continued efforts to promote the use of ICTs to ensure universal access to high quality education, UNESCO intended, to contribute to the building a sustainable social and economic development in Nigeria.

Director-General calls for investigation into the killing of journalist Rasim Aliyev in Baku

Mié, 12/08/2015 - 10:08

“I condemn the attack on Rasim Aliyev,” said the Director-General. “The authorities must ensure that those responsible for the death of Mr Aliyev are brought to justice. This is essential to protect the rule of law and press freedom. Impunity for crimes against journalists cannot be allowed to take root,” concluded Ms Bokova.

Thirty-year-old Rasim Aliyev, a freelance contributor to several independent news websites, died in hospital from injuries received when he was beaten by several assailants the day before. Aliyev, who chaired the Baku-based Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety is reported to have requested police protection following threats to his life.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

 

 

Director-General denounces murder of Brazilian journalist Gleydson Carvalho

Mié, 12/08/2015 - 09:50

“I condemn the killing of Gleydson Carvalho,” the Director-General said. “Journalists are the voices of the people and when violence is used to silence one of them, society as a whole suffers. I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to court to be punished in keeping with Brazil’s legal provisions.”

Carvalho often reported on local politics in his programme on Radio Liberdade FM. He was shot while on-the-air and died on the way to hospital.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

Director-General urges investigation into murder of blogger and journalist Niloy Chakrabarti in Bangladesh

Lun, 10/08/2015 - 14:56

“I condemn the murder of Niloy Chakrabati and all threats to Bangladeshi journalists,” declared the Director-General. “Terror and violence cannot be allowed to stem the free flow of information. Providers of news and comment must be allowed to work in a safe environment free from persecution. I therefore urge the national authorities of Bangladesh to carry out a swift and thorough investigation into this heinous crime and bring its perpetrator to justice,” Ms Bokova said.

Unknown assailants entered the apartment of Niloy Chakrabarti, also known by his pen name as Niloy Neel, and killed him. The blogger and journalist is reported to have sought police protection after receiving threats to his life.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

UNESCO Director General condemns the killing of Mexican photojournalist Ruben Espinosa

Lun, 03/08/2015 - 17:58

“I condemn the murder of photojournalist Ruben Espinosa,” the Director-General said. “Such attempts to stifle press freedom must be firmly and thoroughly investigated with the perpetrators brought to justice and punished. We must stand clearly alongside those courageous journalists who are working to keep citizens informed,” Ms. Bokova added. 

Mr. Espinosa worked for the news agencies AVC Noticias and Cuartoscuro, as well as for the investigative magazine Proceso in the southeast state of Veracruz where he covered local politics and often spoke out against the harassment of fellow journalists. 

Mr. Espinosa was found dead in Mexico City on 1 August. 

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

Director-General urges investigation into killing of Mexican radio station director Abel Manuel Bautista Raymundo

Lun, 03/08/2015 - 16:35

“I deplore the murder of Abel Manuel Bautista Raymundo,” the Director-General said. “I call on the Mexican authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice. Violence and fear of violence must not be allowed to muzzle free speech.” 

Abel Manuel Bautista Raymundo was killed as he left work on 14 April.  

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

Director-General condemns the killing of Iraqi journalists Raed al-Juburi and Thaer Al-Ali

Lun, 03/08/2015 - 11:00

“I condemn the killing of Raed al-Juburi and Thaer Al-Ali,” said the Director-General. “The safety of journalists in Iraq is a source of grave concern. Iraqis need information to cope with the challenges they face and plan a better future for themselves and for their country. I call on all parties to respect the civilian status of journalists and their right to carry out their work.”

Raed al-Juburi, a presenter on Al-Rasheed television and columnist for Azzaman newspaper, was found dead from gun wounds in his home in Baghdad on 5 May. 

Al-Ali, editor-in-chief of the independent Mosul daily Rai al-Nas was shot dead on 26 April, according to the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate.  

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

Director-General voices alarm at reported killing of Iraqi journalists Suahaa Ahmed Radhi and Jalaa Al-Abadi by Islamic State extremists

Jue, 30/07/2015 - 12:22

“I am deeply concerned about the reported killing of Suahaa Ahmed Radhi and Jalla Al-Abadi,” the Director-General said. “It has become very difficult for the public to know what is happening in parts of Iraq, because of violent extremists. We hope the day will come when the perpetrators of these heinous acts will be prosecuted.”

Suahaa Ahmed Radhi worked as an editor for a Nineveh-based newspaper. According to the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate she was kidnapped from her home by violent militants and killed

The Iraqi Journalists Syndicate also reported that violent extremist militants stormed the house of Mosaliah TV cameraman Jalaa Al-Abadi and shot him in a forest on the outskirts of Mosul.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

UNESCO presents its academic research agenda on safety during IAMCR 2015 and GCA conferences

Vie, 24/07/2015 - 11:56

Academics expressed strong interest in UNESCO’s work on safety of journalists. Twenty researchers of journalism and media, as well as other disciplines presented their on-going research related to safety issues. The topics ranged from psychological traumas of journalists to working conditions in different countries, also covering issues such as drone journalism and specific threats to women and war journalists.

In addition, possibilities for future academic cooperation were explored, including the setting-up of a network of researchers and the collaboration on future publications and research.

According to UNESCO’s data, more than 700 journalists and media workers have been killed in the last 10 years.

Silencing journalists through death is the ultimate act of censorship. The situation is further aggravated by other threats ranging from intimidation and harassment to restrictive policies and arbitrary detention, including attacks on women journalists. Equally worrying, more than nine out of ten cases of killing of journalists remain unsolved. The end result is a vicious cycle of impunity and a chilling effect on society in a climate of fear and self-censorship.

To better understand and act on these issues, research is needed. Therefore, the Organization has developed an academic research agenda on safety of journalists for further cooperation among the academic world in line with the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. For more information concerning the academic research agenda on safety of journalists or the special sessions, please contact Ms Reeta Pöyhtäri or Mr Ming Kuok Lim.

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Director-General calls for investigation into the death of Indian journalist Akshay Singh

Vie, 17/07/2015 - 10:51

“I express my condolences to Akshay Singh’s family, friends and colleagues and urge the authorities to investigate his death,” the Director-General said. “It is essential for rule of law and for society’s right to be kept informed, that the authorities do all they can to clarify the cause of Mr Singh's death. Reporters must be able to carry out their professional duties in a safe environment and crimes against them must not go unpunished”, Ms Bokova concluded.

Akshay Singh, a local TV journalist for the private Hindi news channel Aaj Tak, was investigating corruption in the north central state of Madhya Pradesh when he died from what doctors in a local hospital said was a heart attack. Media reports have raised doubts about the cause of Mr Singh's death.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

UNESCO and You – Participate now in Youth Survey on Media, Technology and Peace!

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 15:09

UNESCO invites youth to share thoughts by completing the questionnaire below. It is divided into three parts and should be completed over a three-day period. 

Please do not complete this questionnaire if you are enrolled in the ongoing UNESCO and Athabasca University massively open online media and information literacy course.

If you are a young girl or boy between the ages 14 and 25 years this call is for you.

Your participation is crucial and will help to inform UNESCO’s design and expansion of its media and information literacy programme globally. Please see details about prizes below.

Media and information literacy affords youth with skills or competencies to effectively and critically engage with media and technology, participating in and advocating for ethical use of information and media, free expression and access to information, privacy, gender equality, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, global citizenship and hate content online.

Share your thoughts on these issues by completing the survey.

UNESCO values young people. The voices of youth count. Youth are not only the future of tomorrow. They are now. They are today. They are contributing to change and peace in this generation.

Please read the introductory paragraph at the beginning at the questionnaire carefully before starting.

There will be a draw for two prizes in the form of a two-week fellowship to visit a university in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe or other region of the world to be announced. The prize will be offered, by the Autonomous University of Barcelona,  to two young persons who fully complete all three parts of the questionnaire.

Intergovernmental meeting approves a new normative instrument by UNESCO to preserve world’s documentary heritage

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 14:35

Impelled by its responsibility to raise awareness about the need to safeguard the world’s documentary heritage, UNESCO recognized that urgent action is required to ensure that world's collective memory is protected and preserved for future generations. At its 191st session, the Executive Board of UNESCO recommended that the 37th session of the General Conference decide that the issue of preservation and access to documentary heritage be regulated at the international level by means of a normative instrument.

In his introductory remarks delivered at the opening session of the Intergovernmental Special Committee meeting, the representative of the Director-General, Mr Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, emphasized, “The collective memory of the peoples of the world is of vital importance in preserving cultural and linguistic diversity, in bridging the past and the present, and in shaping the future. But the sheer scale of the effort needed to preserve what constitutes the irreplaceable Memory of the world, requires commitment of all the stakeholders responsible for protecting and transmitting the world documentary heritage”.  Furthermore, he stressed that “together, we have today a unique opportunity to address these challenging issues and seek lasting solutions”.

This Recommendation, that will be submitted to the General Conference later this year for possible adoption, will thus become a cornerstone of public and international documentary heritage preservation policies for the decades to come. Its main focus is to promote the establishment of principles and norms for regulation at national and international levels of the specific selection, preservation, accessibility and policy issues that are not covered by the already existing normative instruments. 

The new standard-setting instrument is expected to be an essential tool in the harmonization of practice in this particular field and will also serve to enhance international cooperation for facilitating access to documentary heritage and the exchange of advanced preservation techniques. Finally, it would contribute as well to raising public awareness about the significance of documentary heritage and would meet the requirements of Member States by setting out standards and guidelines for all those responsible for the preservation of and the access to the valuable memory of humanity.

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 to guard against collective amnesia calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination. The Programme vision is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance. The Programme is thus intended to protect documentary heritage, and to help networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for the preservation of, and the access to, documentary and archival collections of valuable records.

World Youth Skills Day: media and information literacy for girls and boys

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 12:06

More than any time in history girls and boys are learning about themselves and the world around them more through media and technologies. Global phenomena such as privacy, youth radicalization, hate speech and new opportunities to engage in positive social change are mediated by media and technology.

Media and information literacy competencies are integral to all other 21st century competencies, be they technical competencies or social competencies, such as cultural literacy, global citizenship, financial literacy, health literacy, science literacy or environmental literacy. 

Youth skills or youth competencies have become urgent for their existence and survival in 21st century.

As one young person who is enrolled in the UNESCO and Athabasca University massive open online course (MOOC) in media and information literacy and intercultural dialogue notes:

“You know this course is changing my life, my perception, and correcting certain myopic view of mine. I am just so glad and I so wish I can educate every child so they won't grow with certain stereotyped perception and ignorance. (Iredumare Ojengbede Opeyemi)”  

UNESCO invites youth organizations and all actors to join us in stimulating awareness of the importance of media and information competencies to empower girls and boys by participation in the Women on Homepage initiative.

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Director-General condemns killing of Honduran journalists Jacobo Montoya Ramírez, Juan Carlos Cruz Andara and Joel Aquiles Torres

Mié, 15/07/2015 - 10:14

“I condemn the killing of Jacobo Montoya Ramírez, Juan Carlos Cruz Andara and Joel Aquiles Torres,” the Director-General said. “Using violence to silence journalists cannot be tolerated because it is also an attack on society as a whole. I call on the authorities to end impunity for crimes against journalists and ensure that their perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Juan Carlos Cruz Andara, a reporter with the TV broadcaster Teleport, was found stabbed to death in his home in the northern city of Puerto Cortés on 23 June approximately five months after reporting to the police that he had received a death threat.

Broadcast journalist Jacobo Montoya Ramírez was gunned down in his home in the western town of Copán Ruinas on 25 June.

Joel Aquiles Torres, owner of local TV station Canal 67, was shot dead while driving his car in Taulabe in the department of Comayagua on 3 of July.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org,  +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

 

 

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