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Director-General condemns murder of TV journalist Felipe David Munguía Jiménez in Guatemala

News - Thu, 13/10/2016 - 11:42

“I condemn the murder of Felipe David Munguía Jiménez,” the Director-General said. “I trust the authorities will investigate this crime. This is essential to deter violence against media professionals whose contribution to informed public debate is invaluable.”

Munguía Jiménez, a cameraman for Canal 21 television, was shot on Sunday 4 September minutes after leaving a community meeting.

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 the killing of freelance journalist Isaac Vuni in South Sudan

News - Thu, 13/10/2016 - 11:28

“I condemn the murder of Isaac Vuni,” the Director-General said. “It is important for society as a whole that the authorities investigate and bring to trial those who resort to violence to muzzle the media and deprive people of information they need.”

Issac Vuni, a veteran freelance journalist, was found dead in a farm in Kerepi on 26 September.

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…”

Africa Code Week 2016 to be launched with UNESCO’s YouthMobile

News - Wed, 12/10/2016 - 11:42

While the working population in Africa will soar up to 1 billion over the next 25 years, regional companies are struggling to hire sufficient qualified IT talents. The so-called “coding literacy” becomes then a crucial way to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

In order to address this challenge, the Africa Code Week was launched in 2015 by SAP, the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre.

This year, with the participation of UNESCO’s YouthMobile Initiative, the nine-day event will host live workshops as well as online courses in 30 African countries, ranging from Scratch coding to Web programming.  As the largest digital initiative organized on African continent, Africa Code Week received a C4F (Communication for Future) award in the category ‘Education of the Future’ from the World Communications Forum in Davos on 8 March 2016.

Africa Code Week will be officially launched on 15 October in Kigali, Rwanda.

Since 2014, UNESCO through its YouthMobile Initiative has been dedicating to raise the digital literacy worldwide. The global objective of the Initiative is to empower young people to develop, distribute or sell mobile Apps for sustainable development.

Last year, 89,000 youth (8-24 years old) from 17 countries participated in coding workshops during the Africa Code Week.  The upcoming week is expected to reach 150,000 youth.

Related links:

  • Hashtag: #africacodeweek @africacodeweek #youthmobile #unesco @unesco

Por y para la juventud: la UNESCO lanza un concurso de carteles sobre los medios de comunicación y la alfabetización de la información

Noticias - Tue, 11/10/2016 - 16:09

Dicha semana tendrá lugar del 2 al 5 de noviembre 2016, en San Paulo, Brasil. 
"El objetivo de la competición es estimular la participación juvenil en la Semana Global MIL 2016, y reforzar el conocimiento general de los participantes acerca de los MIL, " dice Alton Grizzle, el especialista de este programa de la UNESCO que coordina la Semana. 
Los ganadores recibirán la aclamación oficial y la visibilidad para su trabajo de los organizadores de LA Semana Global MIL 2016.

¿Cómo participar? 
Esta competición está exclusivamente orientada a la participación de los jóvenes. Los candidatos deberán:

  • Leer el contenido del sitio web oficial de la Semana Global MIL 2016 en: https: // en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016 para tener un conocimiento básico y razonado de la exposición de la Semana Global MIL 2016.
  • Realizar cárteles de diseño en relación con la Semana Global MIL utilizando textos, gráficas o fotos, relevantes y relacionadas con los MIL, como los medios de comunicación, los ICTs, bibliotecas, museos etc., en todos los formatos posibles.
  • Enviar el trabajo a ji.xu (en) unesco.org.

Premio:

  • Los carteles seleccionados serán destacados y publicados en el sitio web oficial de la Semana Global MIL 2016 y serán mostrados en el lugar del evento en Brasil en las formas de imagen a gran escala o kakemono.
  • Los ganadores recibirán una mención honorable y un certificado conjunto de la UNESCO y la Universidad de San Paulo.

Exigencias(Requisitos) técnicas:

  • Los trabajos sometidos deben estar en el formato de vector.
  • Los trabajos deben reservar el espacio para la inserción del logo.

Plazo (Fecha límite) para la sumisión: El 28 de octubre de 2016.

Nota legal:

Para poder participar en el concurso, los candidatos deben estar de acuerdo en conceder a la UNESCO el derecho de publicar, reproducir, difundir, y comunicar al público en cualquier forma y plataforma, incluyendo la digital, todo o parte del diseño creado.

UNESCO supports good governance of media in South East Europe

News - Tue, 11/10/2016 - 15:17

The missions were conducted in Pristina in April and in Belgrade in September 2016 as part of the UNESCO project “Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey”. Another Project partner, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), joined the EJN mission to Belgrade.

 “The media crisis in Serbia, just as in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), can’t be allowed to deepen,” said Aidan White, Director of the EJN. “It’s time for leading editors and managers to step up and create a more open and ethical system of management and governance. Without that, it will be impossible to strengthen quality journalism and build public trust in media,” he added.

Discussions held by the representatives of EJN and EFJ with media professionals examined the current media situation and found that political bias, lack of transparency in media ownership, and weak economic situation contribute to a media crisis.

“Nowhere is this more evident than in the mushrooming community of online portals, which are often tied into political and financial circles through non-transparent arrangements for funding and ownership,” said Aidan White.

The two missions were conducted to prepare the launch of ethical audits and good governance seminars that will take place in October 2016 within selected media outlets in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) and Serbia. At this stage, Koha Ditore, Zëri, Insider Online Agency, Kosovo 2.0 and Radio Television Kosova in Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244) and Danas, Politika, N1 television, NIN, and Vreme along with RTS, PRV TV, and B92 TV in Serbia have agreed to work with EJN. The Media Association in Serbia expects that more media will join the activities at upcoming meetings in October.

Similar ethical audits and good governance seminars will be carried out in in 2017 and 2018, namely in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Turkey.   

The guidelines for the ethical audits have been finalized and translated thus far into Albanian, Serbian and English (available here). The guidelines will assist media editors and managers to develop an internal culture of periodic review and evaluation of their own commitment to ethical standards and good governance principles. “Without ethical and transparent media management it is impossible to ensure editorial independence and journalism that the public can trust,” said Aidan White.

The UNESCO Project Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey is funded by the European Commission and UNESCO. The project seeks to strengthen media self-regulation system as well as improve the internal governance of media organizations based on the commitment of media owners and editors to respect clearly defined professional and labor standards.

UNESCO addresses 20th Festival of Russian Journalists

News - Thu, 06/10/2016 - 16:19

Around one thousand journalists from all regions of Russia gathered from 26 September to 2 October 2016 in Dagomys to celebrate their profession and discuss the most important issues faced by the global media community. The programme of the event included discussions on topical issues, presentation of new media projects, master classes by leading journalists, round tables and exhibitions. Among the speakers at the event were politicians, representatives of UNESCO, of the International Federation of Journalists and of OSCE.

In his key note address to the Festival, Frank La Rue emphasized the importance of free press and access to information as guarantors of all other human rights, which stand in the center of modern civilization. “All journalists should have a right to enjoy freedom of expression and freedom of the press in their work, a right to enjoy safety and protection of the law, access to information as well as privacy to protect their sources and investigations,” he said.

Speaking about the most acute challenges of the modern society, starting with safety of journalists, Frank La Rue declared: “We in UNESCO urge all partners to commit fully to the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity by ensuring swift investigations, training judges and security forces. We will only be able to develop our minds freely if we can contrast opinions and information, if we can see different alternatives and make our own decisions.” UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General voiced his concern about arbitrary detention of hundreds of journalists in many countries and called for their immediate liberation.

Mr La Rue also mentioned access to information and its impact on democracy and development, the balancing of freedom of expression and privacy against national security, the impact of the Internet on media and society as a whole. According to him, new technologies do not change the core values which guide journalists, such as pluralism of opinions, editorial independence and professional ethics. Online communication, which opened spaces for freedom of expression, cultural exchange and knowledge sharing, also provided platforms to hate speech, radicalization and gender-based harassment. This put a common responsibility on States, civil society and intergovernmental organization to meet these challenges in a constructive and positive way.

“Quality journalism in this transforming environment, is as vital as it ever has been. Ethical reporting implies going beyond the search for simple and inflammatory narratives. It means scrutinizing facts and figures, reporting on causes and motivations of those working to stir up antagonism as well as of those working for harmony and co-existence,” said Frank La Rue.

Media roundtable on election preparedness held in Mogadishu, Somalia

News - Thu, 06/10/2016 - 11:55

During the roundtable, participants identified series of challenges that they face and if mitigated will ensure a balanced and professional coverage of the forthcoming elections in Somalia. Some of the challenges mentioned by the participants included; Lack of professionalism and non-application of journalism ethics and standards by journalists, lack of access to information on the electoral process; lack of proper accreditation of journalists covering elections, lack of safety and security of journalists and media houses and continuous harassment of journalist and media by security actors in Somalia.

Proposed solutions, by participants, to aforementioned challenges included; need to encourage professionalism and application of journalism ethics and standards in coverage of elections, need for efficient access to information on the electoral processes by journalists, ensure accreditation of all journalists covering elections, ensure safety and security of journalists and media, and protection of journalists and media from harassment by security actors.

At the end of roundtable, Daud Aweys, a spokesperson for the Somalia state house stated that “The Government is taking measures to ensure that the issues with accreditation and access to information is properly addressed in order to enable the journalists to have the benefit of freedom of expression during elections. He also called for “Common understanding among media stakeholders and Government in addressing problems such as safety of journalists and the importance of sharing information for the interest of the public.”

Abdullahi Hassan Ali, a representative from the media relations committee for election coverage at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism also briefed participants on the role and purpose of the media relations committee in facilitating accreditation for the journalists in Somalia.

The roundtable attracted participation of 30 directors and managers from prominent media outlets and associations such as Somalia Media Association (SOMA), Somalia Independent Media Houses Association (SIMHA), and Media Association of Puntland (MAP), from Mogadishu, Baidoa, Kismayo, Jowhar, Baladweyn, Guriel, Galkaio and Garowe in Somalia.

The round table was organized by International Media Support (IMS) and Fojo Media Institute in cooperation with Somali media associations and with the support of UNESCO and the Swedish government. The roundtable meeting is connected to a series of election coverage training sessions for media which are being carried out in Mogadishu and other regions.

Palestinian universities to pilot model course on safety of journalists

News - Thu, 06/10/2016 - 11:34
Several Palestinian universities are set to pilot a new syllabus on journalists’ safety developed by UNESCO and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for the Arab region, following a national seminar organized by UNESCO in Ramallah last week.

Radio for Peace Network promoting peace in South Sudan

News - Wed, 05/10/2016 - 11:27

These words were echoed by the radio station managers throughout the workshop, which was organised by UNESCO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to build the capacities of radio station managers in the areas of conflict-sensitive reporting, peacebuilding, reconciliation and the Small Arms and Light Weapons Control Act. This support is also aimed at mainstreaming the new concept of Communicating with Communities (CwC) approaches, by ensuring that local people have a community-based communication platform, for dialogue and contribution to homegrown solutions for peaceful co-existence.

During the opening of the event, Mr Victor Bullen, Director of the South Sudan News Agency at the Ministry of Information, Communication, Technology and Postal Services, stressed the need to promote a culture of peace and reconciliation in the country. He said that the most effective tool that would make it a reality is radio. “A radio is cheap, light and can be moved anywhere at any time,” emphasised Mr Bullen.

In addition, Mr Bullen advised the station managers to make use of the knowledge and skills acquired from the workshop to assist people in overcoming the trauma caused by war. He also called on the station managers not to forget the importance of using local languages as they package their programmes, as these can be a more effective means of communication.

Mr Lealem Berhanu Dinku, Senior Governance Advisor with UNDP, reminded the station managers of the extremely important role they play in the development and peace-building process in the country. He described radio as “a crucial medium for communication”, stating that it has “the power to bring people together, He believes it is “the only platform available that gives a voice to the voiceless, promoting peace and dialogue. Lasting peace can only be achieved through commitment and dedication of relevant stakeholders,” said Mr Dinku.

Speaking on behalf of the UNESCO Officer-in-charge, Mr Saluwen Yoasa Sanya, UNESCO National Programme Officer, greatly appreciated the new partnership between UNESCO and UNDP, in the spirit of United Nations in South Sudan delivering as one. He further encouraged the radio station managers to be the pillars promoting peace and reconciliation in the communities. “With your work we may see peace in South Sudan sooner than later,” Mr Sanya said. “The peace messages you disseminate can help people to co-exist peacefully and reconcile, without reconciliation there cannot be any peaceful co-existence.”

UNESCO, with the support of the European Union, has supported South Sudan radio stations in establishing the Radio for Peace Network (RaPNET), bringing together twelve community radio stations. In a new partnership with UNDP, the Radio for Peace Network has been expanded to include South Sudan Radio and Eye Radio, which have a wider reach across the country.

UNESCO and UNDP are also jointly strengthening the Network in South Sudan through advanced training, to strengthen the capacity of the radio stations in providing platforms for inter-communal and intercultural dialogue on reconciliation and peaceful co-existence, as well as the dissemination of messages of peace through a mobile phone application and by providing equipment for the radio stations and their women and youth listener clubs. An award ceremony in recognition of the best “peace correspondents” is also scheduled before the end of the year.

Intervention à l’UNESCO du président du Ghana à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de l’accès universel à l’information

Actualités - Wed, 05/10/2016 - 09:56

Dans son discours de clôture, le président du Ghana John Dramani Mahama a déclaré qui les sociétés ouvertes offraient des progrès plus durables pour atteindre le développement durable.

« L’information émancipe les gens et les citoyens doivent disposer du plus d’information possible sur les ODD », a-t-il ajouté.

Le président a exhorté les médias à dépasser la couverture politique pour informer sur des questions telles que l’égalité de genre et le changement climatique.

Saluant le paysage médiatique libre et pluraliste du Ghana, il a ironisé : « Au Ghana, nous avons 27 millions de présidents qui savent comment faire mon boulot et ils le disent à la radio. »

Le président a exprimé le souhait de terminer le processus d’adoption de la loi sur la liberté d’information au Ghana, pour faire en sorte que le public dispose d’une base légale pour réclamer l’information. Après son intervention, il a participé à une réunion bilatérale avec la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO Irina Bokova (voir ci-dessous).

Auparavant la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO avait fait un discours d’ouverture aux IPDCtalks en déclarant que « l’accès à l’information est un droit humain fondamental, il fait partie de ce qui fait de nous des êtres humains, c’est le fondement de la bonne gouvernance ». Elle a souhaité que la révolution de l’information soit une révolution du développement.

Frank la Rue, Sous-directeur général pour la communication et l’information de l’UNESCO, est également intervenu. « L’accès à l’information n’est plus seulement la base de la démocratie, c’est désormais considéré comme la base du développement durable », a-t-il affirmé.

Au cours de la journée, de nombreux intervenants ont fait des descriptions vivantes des défis auxquels sont confrontés les gens ordinaires dans le domaine des ODD, mettant en lumière le rôle de la sensibilisation autour du nouveau programme de développement de l’ONU.

L’événement était organisé par le Programme international pour le développement de la communication (PIDC), en association avec le Programme Information pour tous (PIPT) et avec le soutien des délégations des Pays-Bas et de la Lituanie.

De manière innovante, chaque intervenant apparaissait sur une scène éclairée et racontait des histoires sur son travail. Les expériences allaient de la promotion de l’information sur les menstruations à la prise de décision en matière d’éducation, en passant par le rôle des jeux vidéo pour alphabétiser les enfants syriens qui ne peuvent pas aller à l’école.

Les intervenants ont parlé des ODD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 et 13, traitant de la pauvreté, de la faim, de la santé, de l’eau, de l’innovation, des villes, du changement climatique, de la croissance et de l’emploi. Les interventions seront prochainement mises en ligne pour élargir la diffusion.

La journée a également été marquée par l’inauguration d’une exposition par la Suède et la Finlande, pour commémorer les 250 ans de la promulgation de la première loi sur la liberté d’information sur leur territoire.

En décembre de l’année dernière, les 195 Etats membres de l’UNESCO ont approuvé le 28 septembre « Journée internationale de l’accès universel à l’information », en réponse à des demandes provenant de groupes de médias et de la société civile en Afrique.

Le Nigéria, le Maroc et l’Angola sont à l’origine de la résolution qui a gagné le soutien des autres Etats membres pour proclamer cette nouvelle journée dans le calendrier international.

Dans une réunion bilatérale organisée dans le contexte de la Journée internationale de l’accès universel à l’information, la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO et le président du Ghana ont discuté de questions relatives à la migration et à l’extrémisme violent dans la ceinture du Sahel. La Directrice générale a évoqué sa récente visite au Sahel, tandis que le président du Ghana a souligné les répercussions du changement climatique dans la région, avec la baisse des pluies qui provoque une migration vers le sud et les affrontements entre seigneurs de la guerre et fermiers. Tous deux ont insisté sur la nécessité de renforcer les capacités des gouvernements pour appliquer le Programme de développement durable, qui est à la fois une question de développement et un impératif pour la paix.

Une nouvelle résolution du CDH salue le travail de l’UNESCO sur la sécurité des journalistes

Actualités - Wed, 05/10/2016 - 09:21

« Cette reconnaissance renforce le rôle de l’UNESCO pour aider à garantir que les journalistes travaillent sans crainte et qu’il y ait une fin à l’impunité de ceux qui les attaquent », a déclaré le Sous-directeur général pour la communication et l’information de l’UNESCO, Frank La Rue.

Il a par ailleurs souligné que la résolution reconnaît la sécurité des journalistes comme partie intégrante du Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030, étant donné son importance pour l’Objectif 16.10 qui garantit l’accès public à l’information et la protection des libertés fondamentales conformément aux législations nationales et aux accords internationaux.

Avant l’adoption de la résolution, le Sous-directeur général était intervenu à un événement parallèle à Genève la semaine antérieure, dont le modérateur était l’ambassadeur Thomas Hajnoczi, représentant permanent de l’Autriche auprès du Bureau des Nations Unies à Genève.

La résolution A/HRC/33/L.6, prise à l’initiative de l’Autriche et adoptée par le CDH sans vote, condamne catégoriquement « toutes les attaques et violences commises contre les journalistes et les professionnels des médias ».

Elle souligne spécifiquement l’action de l’UNESCO en faveur de la sécurité des journalistes, y compris ses publications de 2015 : Tendances mondiales en matière de liberté d’expression et de développement des médias et Building Digital Safety for Journalism.

La résolution exhorte les Etats à coopérer avec l’UNESCO et d’autres organisations des Nations Unies pour sensibiliser et assurer la mise en œuvre du Plan d’action des Nations Unies sur la sécurité des journalistes et la question de l’impunité, dirigé par l’UNESCO depuis 2012.

Dans le cadre de cette coopération, les Etats sont invités à partager les informations sur le statut des enquêtes menées pour les attaques contre des journalistes, y compris pour répondre aux demandes de l’UNESCO à travers le mécanisme mis en place par son Programme international pour le développement de la communication (PIDC).

Par ailleurs, les Etats sont encouragés à établir des « mécanismes de collecte d’informations tels que des bases de données, afin de permettre le recueil d’informations vérifiées concernant les menaces et les attaques contre des journalistes ».  

Outre l’action de l’UNESCO, la résolution salue d’autres initiatives comme les Principes de sécurité des journalistes indépendants et la Déclaration internationale sur la protection des journalistes.

La résolution évoque en particulier les attaques contre les femmes journalistes pour des motifs sexistes et souligne l’importance de la protection de l’anonymat et des outils de chiffrement pour permettre aux journalistes de sécuriser leurs communications et protéger la confidentialité de leurs sources.

La résolution demande aux Etats de soutenir la formation et la sensibilisation du personnel judiciaire, des forces de l’ordre et des militaires, et de « condamner publiquement, catégoriquement et systématiquement » les attaques contre les journalistes.

A/HRC/33/L.6 est la troisième résolution adoptée par le Conseil des droits de l’homme qui traite de la sécurité des journalistes. Les précédentes résolutions avaient été adoptées en 2012 (A/HRC/RES/21/12) et en 2014 (A/HRC/RES/27/5).

En novembre, le Conseil international du PIDC va examiner un vaste rapport de la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO sur le statut des poursuites judiciaires dans les affaires d’assassinats de journalistes, basé sur les informations les plus récentes fournies volontairement par les Etats membres.

La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre du photojournaliste Jeroen Oerlemans en Libye

Actualités - Tue, 04/10/2016 - 11:52

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Irina Bokova, a rappelé aujourd’hui l’obligation qui s’impose à tous de respecter le statut civil des journalistes couvrant les zones de conflit tandis qu’elle condamnait le meurtre du photojournaliste Jeroen Oerlemans en Libye, le 2 octobre.

« Je condamne le meurtre de Jeroen Oerlemans », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Prendre les journalistes pour cible est une entorse aux accords internationaux, notamment les Conventions de Genève, qui interdisent l’usage de la violence à l’encontre des journalistes en toutes circonstances. »

Jeroen Oerlemans, photographe de guerre chevronné, a été tué le 2 octobre alors qu’il couvrait les affrontements dans la ville libyenne de Sirte.

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 ».

 

 

 

By Youth and for Youth: UNESCO launches Global Youth Poster Contest on Media and Information Literacy

News - Tue, 04/10/2016 - 11:13

The Feature Event takes place from 2 to 5 November 2016, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“The objective of the competition is to stimulate youth involvement in the Global MIL Week 2016, and to strengthen their knowledge in MIL,” says Alton Grizzle, UNESCO programme specialist coordinating the Week.

The winners will receive official acclaim and visibility for their work from the organizers of the Global MIL Week 2016.

How to participate?

This contest is exclusively open for young people. Candidates should:

  • Read the official website of the Global MIL Week 2016 at: https://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016 in order to have a grasp of the rationale of the Global MIL Week 2016.
  • Design posters in relation to the Global MIL Week in using text, graphics or photos, relevant to MIL and its related areas, such as media, ICTs, libraries, museums etc., in all possible formats.
  • Submit the work to ji.xu(at)unesco.org.

Prize:

  • The selected posters will be featured on the official website of the Global MIL Week 2016 and will be displayed at the event venue in Brazil in the forms of large-scale banner or kakemono.
  • The winners will receive an honourable mention and a joint certificate from UNESCO and the University of Sao Paulo.

Technical requirements:

  • The submitted works must be in vector format.
  • The works should reserve space for logo insertion.

Deadline for submission: 28 October 2016.

Legal note:

By submitting entries to the contest, candidates agree to grant UNESCO the right to publish, reproduce, diffuse, and communicate to the public in any form and platform, including digital, all or in part of the design.

Director-General condemns killing of photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans in Libya

News - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 16:21

“I condemn the killing of Jeroen Oerlemans,” said the Director-General. “Targeting journalists contravenes international agreements, notably the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit violence against journalists in all circumstances.”

Jeroen Oerlemans, a veteran war photographer, was killed on 2 October while covering clashes in the Libyan city of Sirte.

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

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Access to Info Day celebrated all over the world

News - Fri, 30/09/2016 - 17:08

Countries around the world, including Namibia, Paraguay, Jakarta and Kazakhstan were amongst those commemorating the first International Day for Universal Access to Information, proclaimed by UNESCO in November 2015. IDUAI calls for the promotion freedom of information and right to information laws, open access polices and the relevance of access to information to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Encouraging countries to adopt Freedom of Information legislation and strengthen existing access to information laws was the focus of the events organized in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Madagascar, Morocco and Palestine amongst others. The adoption of freedom of information laws has been a global trend over the last decade with more than 100 countries with access to information laws.

The recognition of access to information as a means to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda Goals, particularly SDG 16 and its target 10, was the topic of discussion of seminars in South Asia.

Also in this context, an international expert meeting conference was organized in Indonesia by the Global Forum for Media Development to discuss key issues regarding SDG16.10 indicators to better assess progress to its achievement. 

Debates around the promotion of open governance and the role of open access policies, documentary heritage and the adoption of ICTs to ensure inclusive, knowledge societies and equal access to women and men were held in Brazil, Cuba, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

The result of the Day was raised awareness about access to information as a fundamental right and powerful engine for positive change.

New HRC Resolution commends UNESCO’s work on the safety of journalists

News - Fri, 30/09/2016 - 16:08

“This recognition reinforces UNESCO’s role in helping to ensure that journalists can work without fear and that there will be an end to impunity for those who attack them,” said UNESCO Assistant Director General for Communication and Information, Frank La Rue.

He further highlighted that the Resolution recognizes the safety of journalists as integral to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, given its significance for Goal 16.10 on ensuring public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.

Prior to the passage of the resolution, the ADG had spoken at a side event in Geneva last week moderated by Ambassador Thomas Hajnoczi, Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Resolution A/HRC/33/L.6, initiated by Austria, and adopted by the HRC without a vote, condemns unequivocally “all attacks and violence against journalists and media workers”.

It specifically highlights UNESCO’s work on the safety of journalists, including the 2015 publications World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development and Building Digital Safety for Journalism.

The Resolution further calls on States to cooperate with UNESCO and other UN bodies in raising awareness and ensuring the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, spearheaded by UNESCO since 2012.

As part of this cooperation, States are invited to share information on the status of investigation into attacks against journalists, including in response to requests by UNESCO through the mechanism operated by the Organization’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

In addition, States are encouraged to set up “information-gathering mechanisms, such as databases, to permit the gathering of verified information about threats and attacks against journalists”.  

Besides welcoming UNESCO’s work, the Resolution commends initiatives such as the Freelance Journalist Safety Principles and the International Declaration on the Protection of Journalists.

It references specific attacks against women journalists based on their gender, and highlights the value of anonymity and encryption tools for journalists to secure their communications and protect the confidentiality of their sources.

States are called on to support the training and awareness-raising amongst the judiciary, law enforcement officers and military personnel, as well as “publicly, unequivocally and systematically” condemn attacks on journalists.

A/HRC/33/L.6 marks the third Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council which focuses on the safety of journalists. Previous Resolutions were adopted in 2012 (A/HRC/RES/21/12) and in 2014 (A/HRC/RES/27/5).

In November, the International Council of the IPDC will debate a comprehensive report by the UNESCO Director-General on the status of judicial proceedings of cases of killed journalists, based on the most recent information voluntarily submitted by Member States.

IPDC Talks celebrate the first-ever International Day for Universal Access to Information

News - Fri, 30/09/2016 - 15:49
UNESCO marked the first International Day for Universal Access to Information with a prior event organized by the Organisation’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). Held on 26 September, two days before #AccessToInfoDay, the IPDCTalks was a day-long event themed “Powering sustainable development with public access to information”.

Le haut débit et les TIC pour atteindre les ODD : surmonter la fracture numérique de genre et relever les défis en matière d’éducation et d’investissement

Actualités - Wed, 28/09/2016 - 11:27

L’utilisation du haut débit au service du développement durable et plus particulièrement pour l’égalité des genres et l’éducation était l’un des sujets clés de l’UNESCO au programme de la 14ème réunion de la Commission sur le large bande le week-end dernier à New York. La Commission réunissait des leaders des gouvernements, du secteur privé, de la société civile et des organisations internationales, à la veille de l’ouverture de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU. La réunion plénière de la Commission sur le large bande s’est ouvert par les interventions du Président Kagamé, de M. Carlos Slim Helú, du Dr David Nabarro, de Mme Irina Bokova et de M. Houlin Zhao, qui a également accueilli cinq nouveaux membres de la Commission : Jean-Yves Charlier, Ramin Guluzade, Anusha Rahman Khan, Catherine Novelli et Rupert Pearce (cliquez ici pour plus d’information).

Le Dr David Nabarro, Conseiller spécial du Secrétaire général de l’ONU sur le Programme de développement durable, a adressé un message au nom du Secrétaire général Ban Ki-Moon : « Grâce au travail de la Commission sur le large bande, de l’Union internationale des télécommunications (UIT), de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO) et d’autres partenaires, les Etats membres se sont mis d’accord dans le Programme pour le développement durable à l’horizon 2030 sur l’importance des TIC, du haut débit et de l’interconnexion mondiale pour réduire la fracture numérique, développer des sociétés du savoir et faire avancer le progrès de l’humanité. » Mme Bokova, Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, a insisté sur le fait que « La révolution numérique doit être une révolution du développement – pour les droits de l’homme et la dignité –, une révolution qui autonomise chaque femme et chaque homme, chaque société. »

La première session plénière sur l’utilisation du haut débit pour l’intégration de tous a analysé les avantages et les limites du haut débit et des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) comme catalyseur pour atteindre les Objectifs de développement durable (ODD). Les membres de la Commission se sont plus particulièrement penchés sur le rôle du haut débit et des TIC pour rendre plus accessibles et équitables l’éducation, la formation continue et la santé publique. Le Sous-Directeur général pour la communication et l’information de l’UNESCO, M. Frank La Rue, a souligné que l’éducation faisait partie des droits de l’homme et que : « L’importance des technologies de l’information et de la communication, du haut débit et de la technologie mobile repose sur le fait qu’ils peuvent faire progresser des questions clés en matière d’éducation : l’égalité, l’intégration, l’accès et la qualité. » Après des débats intensifs, la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO a proposé de relancer un groupe de travail sur l’éducation, proposition qui a été saluée.

Le samedi 17 septembre, les groupes de travail sur la santé numérique, la demande et la fracture numérique de genre se sont réunis au Siège d’ONU Femmes pour progresser sur leurs activités. La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Mme Bokova, présidait le groupe de travail sur le genre avec le Directeur général de GSMA, M. Granryd. De fait, la fracture de genre a augmenté de 1 % entre 2013 et 2016 et le nombre de femmes possédant un téléphone mobile est encore inférieur de 202 millions à celui des hommes en 2016. La Commission travaille sur un ensemble de recommandations, un plan d’action et des engagements concrets pour surmonter la fracture numérique de genre.

Dans son intervention de clôture, la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO Irina Bokova a insisté sur l’importance des composantes humaines des TIC, du développement des politiques, des contenus et des compétences, en affirmant que « la véritable innovation repose moins sur l’accès et la technologie en soi que sur l’utilisation qui en est faite par les femmes et les hommes, dans l’ingéniosité à tirer parti de leur pouvoir pour améliorer leur vie ». Ce n’est que par une approche holistique que le haut débit pourra être pleinement exploité au service du développement durable.

Les groupes de travail continueront à avancer jusqu’à la 15ème réunion de la Commission sur le large bande qui se tiendra au printemps 2017 à Shanghai (Chine).

Kick-off meeting for the Memory of the World Malaysian Funds-in-Trust Project held in Kuala Lumpur

News - Wed, 28/09/2016 - 11:12

The meeting took place on 20 September 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and brought together representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the National Archives, the National Library, the Malaysian Institute of Language and Literature, and the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO to discuss cooperation in the implementation of the project.

The aim of the project is to support the safeguarding of the significant documentary heritage of Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), specifically Timor-Leste and Myanmar, through the implementation of the Memory of the World Programme and the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to Documentary Heritage, including in Digital Form (2015).

A series of national level training workshops will be held in Myanmar and Timor-Leste respectively over 2016 and 2017. It is expected that this will support the development of the National MoW Committees in the respective countries and complement ongoing efforts to safeguard and increase access to documentary heritage. Ultimately the capacity building training will directly benefit librarians, archivists and curators in their work on safeguarding and providing access to documentary heritage in their countries.

The project will also include an international symposium and consultation, to be held in Malaysia in 2017, which will result in the creation of a Southeast Asian/ASEAN action plan for the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Preservation of, and Access to Documentary Heritage, including in Digital Form (2015). This will involve policy makers and representatives of memory institutions from each ASEAN country as well as Timor-Leste, China, Japan and Korea.

Dr. Yasmeen Yasim, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, chaired the meeting and shared that “the stakeholders from Malaysia are looking forward to working closely with UNESCO to support the implementation of the project to bring benefit to SIDS and LDCs in the region, as well as to learn from experts involved on how to strengthen the implementation of the Memory of the World program in Malaysia.”

Self-Directed Learning Tools on Open Access

News - Wed, 28/09/2016 - 09:58

“Maintain, increase and diffuse knowledge” is at the heart of UNESCO’s constitution (Article I. Point 2 (c)). UNESCO has long recognized the value of information and ready access to knowledge in addressing development needs.  Through its Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO has been spearheading initiatives to foster knowledge-led development strategy that advocates open and inclusive knowledge production, knowledge synthesis, knowledge packaging, knowledge sharing and its reuse. UNESCO and its member states have reiterated that despite many efforts to improve access, there is a disparity in openness between and among developed and developing countries. Thus making a strong case for the need for capacity enhancements in support of Openness at all levels of knowledge transaction. It is therefore essential to innovate approaches to enhance these capacities, which must also include ability to take stock, follow up, and monitor efforts.

On the occasion of the first International Day for Universal Access to Information, on 28 September, UNESCO is launching Self-Directed Learning Courses (SDLs) on Open Access to Scholarly Information and is inviting expression of interests to collaborate for its worldwide delivery.

These SDLs have been developed to provide knowledge resources on OA in order to respond to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and accelerate and facilitate the value of openness in Member States. UNESCO believes that these tools will assist in enhancing knowledge and understandings of OA, offer self-paced learning on OA issues and help bridge knowledge pools on OA.

 “Open Access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions” (Peter Suber, 2013). Open Access (OA) is the provision of free access to peer-reviewed, scholarly and research information to all. OA allows the provisions of access to read, write, adopt, adapt, and distribute/disseminate scholarly publications without any technical, legal, economic and social barriers. OA uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) to create infrastructure to enable access to scholarly information through Open Access repositories and Open Access journals.

In order to benefit from these tools and to know how to get involved with UNESCO in raising knowledge and understanding about OA, please contact B.R. Neupane.

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