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UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General addressed the WSIS Forum 2015

News - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 16:49

Mr Engida stressed the importance of collective consultation and action for the implementation and the review of the WSIS outcomes at a time when the WSIS+10 years review goes into its final phase towards the High-level Meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in December 2015.

“Innovating together is the idea at the heart of the concept of inclusive knowledge societies -- where every woman and man has the ability and opportunity not just to acquire data bits and information but to transform these into knowledge and understanding” said Mr Engida in UNESCO’s opening speech at the WSIS Forum. He stressed the importance of knowledge, which holds the key to sustainable human development, as well as to cultural diversity, tolerance and peace. Using an old African proverb, UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, Mr Getachew Engida, said: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” UNESCO emphasized the importance of advancing collectively also in UNGIS, where the high-level participants made a significant step by agreeing to ‘reconfirm the commitment of UNGIS and its member to actively lead the UN system input to the process leading up to the Overall WSIS+10 Review to be concluded in December by the UN General Assembly.’ UNESCO will organize six sessions at WSIS Forum 2015. On Wednesday morning UNESCO will bring together high level panelists to discuss the topic “Making Empowerment a Reality – Accessibility for All”.

In addition, UNESCO will organize five more Action Line meetings focusing on Free, independent and pluralistic media and the Post-2015 development agenda; Culture and ICTs as drivers of sustainable development; Ethical dimensions of the information society and sustainable development; Access to information to achieve Sustainable Development Goals; and Teacher ICT competencies to support inclusive Knowledge Societies. All the sessions will attempt to raise awareness and find solutions to the emerging and on-going challenges present in information societies today.

Joining online:

For those unable to participate in this year’s WSIS Forum in person, the event can be easily accessed remotely by choosing the desired session on the WSIS Forum Agenda online and selecting the preferred type of remote participation (Webcast or Adobe Connect). Remote participants will be required to fill in a real-time registration form in order to access the session. Each session will have 10 to 15 minutes dedicated to the questions from remote participants. Onsite registration, as well as further information on remote participation is available on ITU’s WSIS Forum 2015 Website.

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Une Conférence de l'UNESCO sur la radicalisation des jeunes et Internet se tiendra à Paris le mois prochain

Actualités - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 11:11

Les participants discuteront les interventions et les processus politiques pouvant contribuer à la réduction de l'utilisation d'Internet en tant qu'outil menant à l'extrémisme et la radicalisation de la jeunesse. Ce sera l'occasion d’aborder également des moyens disponibles pour avancer et s'engager au niveau du développement et d'une culture de tolérance et de paix.

Organisée dans le cadre du Programme intergouvernemental Information pour tous (PIPT), la Conférence fournira une plate-forme de débats sur les défis actuels de la radicalisation des jeunes sur Internet. Un des objectifs sera de sensibiliser d'une manière pertinente et globale sur la réalité et les risques potentiels si la question reste sans réponse.

En outre, la Conférence cherchera à identifier les domaines spécifiques de l'action de l'UNESCO, dans tous ses domaines de compétence, afin de soutenir les États membres dans la lutte contre ces défis importants. Les connaissances partagées à la Conférence seront appliquées dans le cadre de projets pilotes, qui seront également des laboratoires d'apprentissage pour tester l'efficacité de futures réponses politiques.

Cette conférence attirera environ 200 délégués venus du monde entier. Les langues de travail seront l'anglais et le français.

Le Programme intergouvernemental Information pour tous (PIPT) a été créé en 2001. Il fournit une plate-forme internationale de discussion et de coopération politiques, ainsi que de développement de lignes directrices pour l'action dans le domaine de l'accès à l'information et des connaissances. Le programme soutient les États membres à élaborer et mettre en œuvre des politiques d'information et des stratégies nationales.

WSIS Forum 2015: Join UNESCO and its partners onsite or remotely!

News - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 15:53

UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, Mr Getachew Engida, will be giving the opening remarks on behalf of the Organization on Tuesday, 26 May.  Together with the Heads of agencies of ITU and UNCTAD, Mr Engida will also co-chair the High-level meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society.

UNESCO will organize six sessions at WSIS Forum 2015. On Wednesday morning UNESCO will bring together high level panelists to discuss the topic “Making Empowerment a Reality – Accessibility for All”. The special focus of this session is on access to information and knowledge using accessible and inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for inclusion of persons with disabilities. UNESCO is proud to be organizing this high level dialogue, as the issue is of the utmost importance. Despite UN’s commitment to the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as technological progress, many persons with disabilities still experience barriers to access information. The high level dialogue seeks to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the need of mainstreaming accessibility of ICTs for persons with disabilities in the post-2015 development agenda. The dialogue session will be chaired by Mr Indrajit Banerjee, Director, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO.

In addition, UNESCO will organize five more Action Line meetings focusing on Free, independent and pluralistic media and the Post-2015 development agenda; Culture and ICTs as drivers of sustainable development; Ethical dimensions of the information society and sustainable development; Access to information to achieve Sustainable Development Goals; and Teacher ICT competencies to support inclusive Knowledge Societies. All the sessions will attempt to raise awareness and find solutions to the emerging and on-going challenges present in information societies today.

Joining online:

For those unable to participate in this year’s WSIS Forum in person, the event can be easily accessed remotely by choosing the desired session on the WSIS Forum Agenda online and selecting the preferred type of remote participation (Webcast or Adobe Connect). Remote participants will be required to fill in a real-time registration form in order to access the session. Each session will have 10 to 15 minutes dedicated to the questions from remote participants. Onsite registration, as well as further information on remote participation is available on ITU’s WSIS Forum 2015 Website.

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Enhancing the preservation of documentary heritage in the Middle East and North Africa

News - Fri, 22/05/2015 - 09:59

Within this context, UNESCO and the National Commission of Lebanon for UNESCO organized a three-day regional training workshop for French-speaking Arab countries, which opened on 20 April 2015 at the UNESCO Office in Beirut. The workshop, convened in the framework of the Memory of the World (MoW) Programme, seeks to promote preservation of, and access to the region’s unique archival holdings and library collections. This strategic activity also aims to encourage and support local efforts to identify, develop and submit new proposals for consideration and inscription on the Memory of the World Register. This will make many valuable historical collections accessible to the general public, which is critical to ensuring the survival of the Middle East and North Africa unique documentary heritage.

The Memory of the World workshop was opened by Prof. Zahida Jabbour, Secretary-General of the National Commission of Lebanon for UNESCO, who also read a welcome message to the participants by H.E. Raymond Araygi, Minister of Culture.  Mr Sulieman Sulieman welcomed the participants on behalf of the Director of the UNESCO Beirut Office,  Dr Hamed Al-Hammami. Opening remarks were also delivered by Ms Iskra Panevska, UNESCO’s officer in charge of the Memory of the World Programme. In her welcome remarks, Ms Chafica Haddad, Chair of the Intergovernmental Council of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) extended, on behalf of the IFAP Bureau and Council, her warm greetings to all participants and experts attending this important regional event. “Through its information preservation priority area, IFAP has been focusing attention, over the last years, on the fragility of new data storage media and the threat this presents to the ability of future generations to access digital knowledge. IFAP has also been raising awareness, building the capacity of information professionals, supporting international cooperation and contributing to policy responses aimed at promoting the development and implementation of digital preservation techniques and standards,” she said.

The capacity building workshop in Beirut brings together representatives from eight Middle East and North Africa countries (Algeria, Djibouti, the Comoros Islands, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Oman), and 22 national participants from Lebanon, as well as two international experts, Ms Frederique Bazzoni, a member of UNESCO’s MoW Register Sub-committee, and Mr Abdelaziz Abid, former Head of the Memory of the World Programme.

The workshop interactive sessions offered to participants an overview of UNESCO’s heritage programmes, in general, and the functioning of the Memory of the World Programme, in particular. The participants acquired practical skills and knowledge on how to use the MoW Register Companion, to identify and select items for nomination, to use the selection criteria, and what to do in case if their nomination is rejected. They got acquainted with some past examples of inscriptions on the Register and with the significance of establishing national and regional MoW committees. The training also focused on the crucial role of the Memory of the World Register in increasing global awareness about the existence and the significance of documentary heritage.

Participants discussed, among other things, the establishment of an Arab Regional Memory of the World Committee as a cooperation mechanism, which would also encourage further training within the region, initiate and manage specific projects and build a regional network of experts on documentary heritage preservation.

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.

UNESCO conference on fighting radicalization of youth on the Internet to be held in Paris next month

News - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 16:12

Organized in the framework of the Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP), the Conference will provide a platform for debates regarding the current challenges of youth radicalization on the Internet. It will also sensitize about the reality and the potential risks if the issue remains unaddressed in a relevant and holistic way.

Furthermore, the Conference will seek to identify specific areas for UNESCO’s action, across all its areas of competence, to support Member States in tackling these important challenges. The knowledge shared at the Conference will be taken forward through pilot projects, which will also act as a learning lab for more effective policy responses in the future.

This Conference which will attract some 200 delegates from around the world and will be conducted in English and French.

The intergovernmental Information for All Programme was established in 2001. It provides a platform for international policy discussions, cooperation and the development of guidelines for action in the area of access to information and knowledge. The Programme supports Member States to develop and implement national information policy and strategy frameworks.

Progress in the implementation of WSIS outcomes discussed at the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

News - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 16:01

The CSTD meeting, which took place from 4 to 8 May 2015 in Geneva (Switzerland), started with a High-level Opening, in which Indrajit Banerjee, Director of UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division addressed the plenary on behalf of the Director-General. Mr Banerjee highlighted UNESCO’s key role in the implementation of the WSIS outcomes and its contribution to the WSIS Review process: “The international community can continue to count on UNESCO for its major contributions in the field of access to information and knowledge, e-learning, e-science, cultural diversity and local content, media and ethics,” he said. Mr Banerjee congratulated CSTD for a balanced WSIS review report, seizing and analysing key developments, while also noting some shortcomings.

This CSTD session was organized around two priority themes, the Strategic foresight for the post-2015 development agenda and digital development. The second key agenda item was WSIS, including the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the WSIS outcomes at the regional and international levels, summarized in the Ten-Year Review Report.

During this week, a resolution on WSIS outcomes was negotiated, which will be used as input for the related UN General Assembly process (June-December 2015) and a second resolution on the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) for development. Both resolutions were adopted and will be put forward as the CSTD contribution for the ECOSOC High-Level Segment (July 2015) discussion dedicated to Managing the transition from MDGs to the SDGs - what will it take?

Peter Major (Hungary, who played a key role in WSIS and Internet Governance issues for years and facilitated the WSIS resolution negotiations at this CSTD session) was elected as chair of the 19th CSTD session.

The chair of the 18th session, Ms Johnson, closed the session by thanking the delegates and the secretariat for accomplishing all the objectives of the session and for the spirit of compromise. Even though the WSIS draft resolution does not "accurately reflect the richness of the discussion, we can leave here satisfied," she said.

La Directrice générale dénonce le meurtre du bloggeur bangladais Ananta Bijoy Das

Actualités - Tue, 19/05/2015 - 10:33

« Je condamne le meurtre d’Ananta Bijoy Das et j’appelle les autorités à faire en sorte que les auteurs soient traduits en justice », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Punir de telles attaques est indispensable pour que les professionnels des médias et les citoyens engagés contribuent à débat public libre et à la libre expression ».

Ananta Bijoy Das, 33 ans, a été tué par quatre hommes masqués dans une rue située dans la partie nord-est de la ville de Sylhet. Le blogueur avait contribué au site Mukto-Mona (Liberté de pensée) créé par Avijit Roy, un blogueur américain d’origine bangladaise tué au cours d’un séjour à Dacca le 26 février.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

Building capacities of young journalists in view of forthcoming elections in Burkina Faso

News - Tue, 19/05/2015 - 10:17

UNESCO, having more than two decades of global experience in building capacities of the media professional to best cover elections, is well positioned to undertake this endeavour. The Organization provides in-depth training on election, investigative and conflict sensitive reporting, supporting technical reform and sustainable media development, and developing professional election reporting, which is particularly essential in the context of democratic transition. As countries are undergoing political reforms and changing electoral procedures, the need to keep citizens well informed is a preventive measure against vote buying, and electoral fraud and controversy.

The training seminar in Burkina Faso was opened by Bila Dipama, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education, who stated that “knowledge is a powerful tool, which is fundamental for UNESCO’s mandate”. Sanmalmin Aristide Dabire, Secretary-General of the Burkina Faso National Commission for UNESCO, recalled in his opening remarks the difficult political situation of October 2014 in the country, and highlighted the important position that the media holds in the democratic process and, therefore, the importance of UNESCO’s work related to the training of young journalists.

The training seminar focused on giving young journalists a thorough understanding of the election process, its importance and the role of the press during this period. In the first session, Socio-Political Crises in Africa and the Responsibilities of Journalists, the trainer encouraged participants to debate and respond to questions such as: “Do journalists need ethical rules?” “Can journalists be politically engaged?” and “Can journalists receive rewards from heads of political parties?” Conflicts in Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire were used as examples where journalists had taken a negative role.

In the second session, the young journalists became familiar with the concept of democracy, the country’s Constitution and the African Union, followed by a discussion on the electoral code of Burkina Faso. Later sessions focused on more technical aspects of election reporting including non-biased reporting.

This training workshop was a substantial contribution by UNESCO to the overall efforts aiming at improving the quality and the professional standards of reporting in the current media landscape, especially in view of the forthcoming national elections.

Biblioteca Mayor of the University of Cordoba in the Latin America and the Caribbean Memory of the World Register

News - Mon, 18/05/2015 - 12:24

The event was attended by Mr Franciso Tamarit, Rector of the National University of Córdoba, and Ms Gabriela Cuozzo, Director of the Biblioteca Mayor of the University, among other high authorities. Mr. Guilherme Canela Godoi, Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Latin America and the Caribbean Memory of the World Register,  was also present. Mr Canela referred to the collection as "another monumental expression of the Jesuit historical legacy in Latin America and Caribbean", stating that "This heritage must be preserved, socialized and known by everyone. These are the three pillars of the Memory of the World".

The celebrations continued in the reading room of the library up to April 17. There, open lectures were offered by leading experts in Documentary Heritage of UNESCO, including Mr. Alfredo Eduardo Fraschini, Ph.D. Philosophy and Letters at the University of Buenos Aires. It was also the opportunity to take a journey to the history of UNC through its documents, and access the Jesuit Collection.

The Jesuit Collection of the Biblioteca Mayor of the National University of Córdoba is one of the largest collections that make up the valuable bibliographic heritage of the Institution. Its origin dates back to 1613, when the Sociedad de Jesús endowed the Colegio Máximo an important library known as Biblioteca Mayor (Big or Greatest Library) to differentiate it from the other smaller libraries in the Order. The "Library", representative of the civilization of its time, proudly shows through its shelves the works of St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Thomas and St. Augustine; aligned with works of Aristotle, Descartes, the five volumes of mathematics and Wolf "Opuscula Pathologica" of Haller, among other scientific writings which are still preserved.

The Memory of the World Programme of UNESCO promotes the preservation, by the most appropriate means, of documentary heritage that has world significance, and national and regional importance. It also supports awareness by Member States of their documentary heritage, in particular aspects of that heritage which are significant in terms of a common global memory. Furthermore, it seeks to develop products based on documentary heritage for making them available for wide distribution, ensuring that the originals are kept in the best possible conditions for storage and security.

Since 2002, the Memory of the World Register Latin America and the Caribbean has accepted 95 nominations including many regional collections on politics, philosophy, literature, music, text, graphics and audiovisual format of regional and national scope. The Latin American and Caribbean list also addresses issues of human rights, indigenous issues and slavery, among others.

This distinction adds to that received by the ancient complex of the Bloque Jesuítico, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in November 2000, thus transformed into a museum area comprising not only the former headquarters National University of Cordoba, but also the Church of the Sociedad de Jesus, the Domestic Chapel, the Residence and the Colegio de Monserrat.

A video about the Biblioteca Mayor can be accessed here (in Spanish).

L'UNESCO soutient la semaine de l’Alliance mondiale des partenaires de l’éducation aux médias et à l’information et le Prix International

Actualités - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 10:27

La semaine mondiale MIL réunira divers acteurs venant de partout dans le monde et qui se sont engagés à promouvoir l’éducation aux médias et à l’information comme un moyen de favoriser l'inclusion sociale, le dialogue interculturel et interreligieux et à permettre aux citoyens de tous âges de faire meilleur usage d'Internet et des médias électroniques tout en se protégeant des risques potentiels.

La semaine MIL offre d'importantes opportunités pour les membres de l'Alliance mondiale pour les partenariats sur les médias et à l'information (GAPMIL) et le Réseau Universitaire pour le dialogue interculturel (Réseau MILID) pour attirer l'attention du monde entier sur la façon dont l’éducation aux médias et à l’information permet de responsabiliser les citoyens.

>> Cliquez ici pour voir les 10 façons de célébrer la Semaine MIL 2015.

Prix ​​international MIL

Une nouvelle caractéristique  de la Semaine mondiale MIL 2015 concernera le lancement du Prix international MIL. Le Prix MIL est coordonné par GAPMIL et le Réseau MILID avec le soutien de l'UNESCO et UNAOC. Il consiste à récompenser un enseignant qui a eu un impact positif sur ses élèves à travers l’éducation aux médias et à l'information. Cliquez ici pour soumettre votre candidature ou pour nommer quelqu'un.

Depuis 2012 les Semaines MIL  précédentes ont été menées par l'UNESCO et UNAOC dans le cadre du Réseau MILID. Le Réseau MILID est la branche de recherche de GAPMIL et se compose de 15 universités représentant toutes les régions du monde.

GAPMIL est un effort novateur pour promouvoir la coopération internationale dans le but d’assurer l’éducation aux médias et à l'information pour tous à conduire le développement ouvert et inclusif. Cette initiative pionnière a été lancé lors du Forum mondial pour les partenariats sur les médias et à l'information qui a eu lieu du 26 au 28 Juin 2013.

Pour plus d'informations s'il vous plaît visitez le site Web GAPMIL.

UNESCO Supports Global Media and Information Literacy Week and International Award

News - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 10:15

Global MIL Week unites diverse actors all across the world who are committed to promoting MIL as a way to foster social inclusion, intercultural and interreligious dialogue as well as to enable citizens of all ages to make the best use of the Internet and electronic media while protecting themselves from potential risks.

The MIL week offers important opportunities for members of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) and the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue University Network (MILID Network) to draw worldwide attention to how Media and Information Literacy helps empower citizens.

>> Please see the 10 Ways to Celebrate MIL Week 2015.

International MIL Award

A new feature of the Global MIL Week 2015 will be the launch of the International MIL Award.  The MIL Award is coordinated by GAPMIL and MILID Network with the support of UNESCO and UNAOC. It honors an educator who has had positive impact on learners through media and information literacy. Click here to apply or nominate someone.

Since 2012 previous MIL Weeks were led by UNESCO and UNAOC within the framework of the MILID Network. The MILID Network consists of 15 universities representing all region of the world and is the research arm of GAPMIL.

GAPMIL is a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure media and information literacy for all to drive open and inclusive development. This pioneering initiative was launched during the Global Forum for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy which took place from 26 to 28 June 2013.

For more information please visit the GAPMIL website.

La Directora General de la UNESCO denuncia el asesinato del periodista mexicano Armando Saldaña Morales

Noticias - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 17:16

“Condeno el asesinato de Armando Saldaña Morales y pido a las autoridades que lleven a cabo una investigación en profundidad al respecto”, dijo Bokova. “Los crímenes contra los periodistas afectan a la sociedad en su conjunto y limitan la capacidad ciudadana de tomar decisiones informadas. Es por lo tanto esencial que tales crímenes no permanezcan impunes”.

El 4 de mayo, la policía encontró el cadáver de Saldaña Morales en el estado de Oaxaca. Saldaña Morales trabajaba para los informativos de las emisoras La Ke Buena 100.9 FM de Tierra Blanca, estado de Veracruz. También colaboraba con otros medios, en particular El Mundo de Córdoba, El Sol de Córdoba, La Crónica de Tierra Blanca y Radio Max.

Las condenas de la Directora General por los asesinatos de profesionales de los medios responden a la resolución 29 adoptada en 1997 por la Conferencia General de la UNESCO y titulada “Condena de la violencia contra los periodistas”. Figuran en la página web que la UNESCO dedica a los periodistas asesinados.

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

La UNESCO es el organismo de las Naciones Unidas que tiene el mandato de defender la libertad de expresión y la libertad de prensa. El Artículo I de su Constitución declara que la Organización se propone “asegurar el respeto universal a la justicia, a la ley, a los derechos humanos y a las libertades fundamentales que sin distinción de raza, sexo, idioma o religión, la Carta de Naciones Unidas reconoce a todos los pueblos del mundo”. Para lograrlo, la Organización debe fomentar “el conocimiento y la comprensión mutuos de las naciones prestando su concurso a los órganos de información para las masas” y recomendar “los acuerdos internacionales que estime convenientes para facilitar la libre circulación de las ideas por medio de la palabra y de la imagen”.

 

World Press Freedom Day celebrated in Tunisia

News - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 15:53

On behalf of the Tunisian Government, Neji Jalloul, Minister of Education and President of the Tunisian National Commission for UNESCO, opened the conference. The event was attended by more than one hundred participants, including representatives of media and civil society, journalists, human rights activists, students, experts and lawyers.

David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, was the keynote speaker at the conference. “First of all, I would like to congratulate Tunisians for the work they have done, over the last four years, to change the law and the practices in their country, which is a model to other countries around the world,” he stated. “My second message is to keep up the momentum and to continue fighting for freedom of expression and against any type of state censorship. And my third message is to use all available tools to build a system of ethical journalism, which is an integral part of every democratic society,” he added.

The conference aimed at raising public awareness on the role of freedom of expression and of the press in the transitional period that Tunisia is undergoing. The debate focused on the progress and challenges in this domain, the current state of gender equality in the media and the security of journalists (online and offline).

“We participate in this event to support our colleagues facing difficulties. It is a great opportunity and very enriching to meet with civil society, journalists and media institutions. It is a very enriching occasion for freedom of expression defenders,” said one of participating journalists.

Students from the Tunis-based Institute for Press and Information Sciences (IPSI) compiled a special edition of a journal for the 2015 World Press Freedom Day in Tunisia (to download the journal, in Arabic, please click here).

UNESCO will continue strengthening awareness about the fundamental role of press freedom as an essential element for democracy, and calling upon all stakeholders to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists to perform their work independently and without undue interference.

This activity received support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

Youth makes the news on World Press Freedom Day

News - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 11:37

The newsroom consisted of 12 Latvian and 20 international journalism students as well as emerging journalists, photographers, videographers, podcasters, and social media producers. The “youth newsroom” concept begun with the aim to provide opportunities to youth to be engaged in the latest discussions in freedom of expression and press freedom with leading practitioners, experts, and advocates at an international forum.

“Could you imagine how is it to work in a room full of young people from all over the world who love journalism? I guess you will believe me that it was a great experience! I am sure that members will bring home not only impressions of beautiful Riga but very useful professional experience and inspiration that will help them to be press freedom ‘ambassadors’ in their home countries” said Ms Vita Dreijere, a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies from University of Latvia who served as the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015 Youth Newsroom.

The WPFD 2015 multicultural newsroom produced two editions of the Avviso newsletter which were distributed in the morning of the WPFD as well as a whole range of multimedia coverage that are available on http://www.youth-newsroom.com. The newsroom also produced an “Express Interview” segment where the participants were asked the questions “How Can Journalism Thrive?”

The participation of the international youth was made possible by the funding from the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation, Sweden and the NET-MED Youth project which is funded by the European Union.

The next World Press Freedom Day’s main celebration will take place at the Finlandia Hall located in Helsinki, Finland from 2 to 4 May 2016.

La Directrice générale dénonce le meurtre du journaliste mexicain Armando Saldaña Morales

Actualités - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 11:34

« Je condamne le meurtre d’Armando Saldaña Morales et j’appelle les autorités à mener une enquête approfondie », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Les crimes commis contre les journalistes affectent la société toute entière et limitent la capacité des citoyens à faire des choix éclairés. Pour cette raison, il est essentiel que de tels crimes ne restent pas impunis ».

            Le 4 mai, la police a trouvé le corps d’Armando Saldaña Morales dans l’Etat d’Oaxaca. Ce journaliste animait une émission d’actualité sur la station de radio La Ke Buena 100.9 FM dans la ville de Tierra Blanca, dans l’Etat de Veracruz. Il a également collaboré à d’autres médias notamment El Mundo de Córdoba, El Sol de Córdoba, La Crónica de Tierra Blanca et Radio Max.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

 

 

La Directrice générale demande une enquête sur le meurtre du rédacteur en chef kényan John Kituyi

Actualités - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 10:12

« Je condamne le meurtre de John Kituyi », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Il est important que les autorités kényanes mènent une enquête approfondie sur ce crime. La liberté de produire, diffuser et recevoir des informations émanant de médias libres, pluralistes et indépendants dépend de l’engagement des Etats à faire en sorte que les travailleurs des médias puissent exercer leur profession sans craindre des violences ou des représailles. Ce crime ne doit pas rester impuni ».

            John Kituyi, âgé de 63 ans, était le rédacteur en chef et directeur de la publication du Mirror Weekly, un journal régional qu’il avait fondé à Eldoret il y a dix ans.

 La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

 

La Directrice générale demande une sécurité renforcée pour les professionnels des médias en Somalie après la mort du journaliste Daud Ali Omar

Actualités - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 09:48

« Je condamne le meurtre de Daud Ali Omar et de sa femme », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Les journalistes somaliens paient un prix inacceptable pour tenter d’informer la population. Il est essentiel que les autorités fassent tout ce qui est en leur pouvoir pour améliorer la sécurité des journalistes. Cela signifie qu’elles ne peuvent tolérer que de tels crimes restent impunis ».

            Daud Ali Omar, âgé de 35 ans, était producteur pour Radio Baidoa, une station locale et privée.

La Directrice générale publie des communiqués sur le meurtre des professionnels des médias conformément à la résolution 29 adoptée par les Etats membres de l’UNESCO au cours de la Conférence générale de 1997 intitulée « Condamnation de la violence contre les journalistes ». Une liste complète des journalistes assassinés ayant fait l’objet d’une condamnation par l’UNESCO est disponible en ligne.

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

 

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».

 

 

 

UNESCO addressed the Freedom Online Coalition conference in Mongolia

News - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 18:15

The annual conference of the 26-country coalition to promote Internet freedom was opened with a keynote by H.E. Mr Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia. He described online freedom as a “global commons” that is essential for human and sustainable development, as well as for the realization of human rights.

Opening remarks were delivered by eight senior government officials from FOC Member States, and by Mr Engida, who thanked FOC for contributing to the global multistakeholder consultations that informed the comprehensive study on Internet-related issues, which UNESCO Secretariat undertook on mandate from the UNESCO General Conference.

Mr Engida recounted the components of the consultative process that culminated with the CONNECTing the Dots conference, held at UNESCO on March 2015. He referred to the Outcome Document, which encourages the sharing of best practices between Member States and other stakeholders, in order to address security and privacy concerns on the Internet in accordance with international human rights obligations. (Access the full text of Mr Engida’s speech: please click here).

For two days, representatives from governments, civil society organizations, and Internet companies discussed in plenary and side sessions around the 2015 FOC Conference’s theme: Internet Policy Making – Best Practices for Promoting Internet Freedom.

UNESCO’s contribution to the Conference included also chairing the session on “Framing Plenary Progressive Policy Making for States” which was participated in by Mr Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for the USA; Ms Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media; Mr Viktors Makarovs, Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia; Professor Kyung-sin Park, from the Seoul-based Korea University; and Ambassador Maria Leissner, Secretary General of the Community of Democracies.

Speaking at the plenary Future Internet Trends, the Director of Ranking Digital Rights Ms Rebecca MacKinnon mentioned the recent publication of the UNESCO Internet freedom series which she compiled: Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries. Another recent publication from the same UNESCO series, titled Building Digital Safety for Journalism: a Survey of Selected Issues was featured in an article in the special edition of a magazine distributed to all the Conference’s participants.

On 3 May 2015, in the build-up to the FOC Conference, Mr Engida opened a Roundtable “Focus on Mongolia” on the occasion of the local celebration of the World Press Freedom Day. This was co-organized by the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists, the specialized Mongolian media NGO Globe International Center, the Open Society Forum, and with the support of UNESCO Beijing Office and of the Austrian Embassy.

Addressing the Roundtable in the presence of more than 80 Mongolian media managers, members of parliament, journalists, and civil society leaders, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Ms Mijatovic said that democracy was not compatible with journalists being attacked, threatened, harassed, and imprisoned.

The President of the Mongolian Globe International Center Ms Khashkhuu Naranjargal stressed the importance of realizing freedom of expression in practice. Ms Migeddorj Batchimeg, Member of the Mongolian Parliament, highlighted how “free media contributes to protect national sovereignty and national security”. The Roundtable’s opening was also attended by Mr Gundegmaa Jargalsaikhan, Secretary-General of Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO, and by representatives of the diplomatic corps.

During the visit to Ulaanbaatar, Mr Engida had also a series of bilateral meetings, including with the Mongolian Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr Lundeg Purevsuren, and with Mr Buya Tulga, Vice Minister for Education, Culture and Science. Mr Engida also attended a special meeting of the UN Country Team, and he was conferred the title of “honorary professor” at the Mongolia University of Science and Technology. 

At the Closing Plenary of the 2015 FOC Conference, the Director for Human Rights Policy at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ms Nina Nordstrom said that Finland will be the venue of UNESCO’s flagship celebration of World Press Freedom Day in 2016.

The Jordanian Media Development Indicators in the making

News - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 16:37
The MDI workshop held in Amman in April brought together the international and national researchers for the second time to discuss the status and way forward for the Jordanian MDI process. The second draft that the local research team produced over the last months is currently under review. By June, a first edited final draft will be submitted to UNESCO, an advisory board of the study and several peer reviewers before entering the final publication process.

Suite à l’avancement de l’étude sur les questions liées à Internet, le Conseil exécutif de l’UNESCO prend des mesures

Actualités - Mon, 11/05/2015 - 16:13

Le conseil a également demandé à ce que le Document final de la conférence soit transmis à l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies dans le cadre de la procédure de révision du Sommet mondial sur la société de l’information, et diffusé en tant que contribution non contraignante à l’élaboration du programme de développement pour l’après-2015.

Leur décision a consolidé « le processus ouvert, inclusif et transparent conduit par l’UNESCO » et a reconnu les apports de la conférence InterCONNECTer les ensembles.

La conférence a été spécialement organisée pour examiner le projet d’étude détaillée sur les questions relatives à l’Internet et les options pour l’action future demandée par les 195 États membres de l’UNESCO lors de sa 37e Conférence générale en 2013.

Le projet d’étude portait sur les quatre domaines suivants : (i) Accès à l’information et au savoir, (ii) Liberté d’expression, (iii) Respect de la vie privée, et (iv) Éthique de la société de l’information, et proposait des options pour l’action future en lien avec ces domaines.

Les thèmes et la conception de l’étude ont été arrêtés à l’issue de consultations approfondies d’un an et demi au niveau mondial avec la société civile, les universitaires, le secteur privé, la communauté technique, et les États membres de l’UNESCO. Vingt conférences internationales et régionales, ainsi que 200 contributions à un questionnaire ouvert lancé par l’UNESCO, ont alimenté ce processus de délibération.

Ces résultats ont été reconnus dans le Document final de la conférence, dans lequel les différentes parties prenantes ont loué le travail de l’UNESCO concernant les 38 options possibles pour l’action future. Les parties prenantes attendent avec intérêt les délibérations des États membres de l’UNESCO à ce sujet.

Une fois l’étude finalisée, elle sera publiée en amont de la Conférence générale des 195 États membres de l’UNESCO en novembre, et sera présentée dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre des conclusions du Sommet mondial sur la société de l’information.

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