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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 - Mié, 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 - Mié, 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 - Mié, 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.

Director-General condemns shooting of Mexican community radio host Agustin Pavia Pavia

News - Mar, 27/09/2016 - 12:04

“I condemn the killing of Agustin Pavia Pavia,” the Director-General said. “Targeting journalists for their work is an intolerable attack on society as a whole. It is important the authorities investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to trial.”

Agustin Pavia Pavia was a shot in his hometown of Huajuapan de Léon where he hosted a political programme on community radio Tu Un Ñuu Savi.

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…”

 

 

President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama addresses UNESCO on #AccessToInfoDay

News - Lun, 26/09/2016 - 20:01

In the keynote closing address, Ghana’s president HE John Dramani Mahama, said that open societies offered more sustainable progress to sustainable development than open ones.

“Information empowers people and as much info as possible on the SDGs should be made available to citizens,” he added.

The President urged media to go beyond political coverage to include issues such as gender equality and climate change.

Heralding Ghana’s media free and pluralistic landscape, he quipped: “In Ghana, we have 27 million presidents who know how to do my job and they say so on radio.”

The President expressed the wish to complete the process of passing Ghana’s freedom of information bill, so that the public had a legal basis to demand information. After his speech, a bilateral meeting was held with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova (see below).

Earlier the UNESCO Director-General opened the IPDCtalks saying that “access to information is a fundamental  human  right, it is  part  of  what makes us human, it is a foundation for good governance”. She called for the information revolution to be a development revolution.

Remarks were also made by Frank la Rue Assistant Director General for Communication and Information at UNESCO. “Access to information is no longer only the basis of democracy but is also now seen as the basis of sustainable development,” he affirmed.

During the day, many speakers gave vivid descriptions of the challenges that ordinary people faced in the areas of the SDGs, bringing to light the role of awareness-raising about the UN’s new development agenda.

Organizer of the event was the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), in association with the Information for All Programme (IFAP). Support came from the delegations of the Netherlands and Lithuania.

In an innovative format, each speaker appeared on a spot-lit stage individually, telling stories about their work. Their experience ranged from promoting information about menstruation to education policy makers, through to the role of videogames in supporting literacy for Syrian children unable to attend school.

In the process, they covered SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 13, dealing with poverty, hunger, health, water, innovation, cities, climate change, growth and jobs. The speeches will be posted on online for further dissemination.

The Day’s proceedings included the launch of exhibitions by Sweden and Finland, marking the 250 years since their shared history gave the world the first freedom of information act.

UNESCO’s 195 Member States approved 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to Information in December last year. The step came in response to calls from African civil society and media groups.

Nigeria, Morocco and Angola initiated the resolution which won support from the other Member States for proclaiming the new day on the international calendar.

In a bilateral meeting held in the context of the #AccessToInfoDay, the Director-General of UNESCO and the President of Ghana discussed issues of migration of stability and violent extremism in the Sahel Bert. The Director General informed about her recent visit to Sahel, while the President of Ghana underlined the impact of climate change in the region, with the lowering of rainfalls causing migration towards the south, and fights between warlords and farmers. Both emphasized the need to strengthen capacities of governments to implement the Sustainable Development Agenda, both a development issue and an imperative for peace.

La Directrice générale condamne le meurtre de l’écrivain jordanien Nahed Hattar

Actualités - Lun, 26/09/2016 - 17:38

« Je condamne le meurtre de Nahed Hattar », a déclaré la Directrice générale. « Ce crime constitue une grave atteinte à la liberté d’expression et affecte la société jordanienne tout entière».

Nahed Hattar a été abattu le 25 septembre, aux abords d’un tribunal où il comparaissait pour avoir partagé sur les réseaux sociaux une caricature critique des extrémistes religieux.

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 Directora General de la UNESCO condena el asesinato del escritor jordano Nahed Hattar

Noticias - Lun, 26/09/2016 - 17:30

“Condeno el asesinato de Nahed Hattar,” declaró Bokova. “Este crimen constituye un grave ataque contra la libertad de expresión que afecta a la sociedad jordana en su conjunto”, agregó Bokova.

Nahed Hattar fue muerto a disparos el 25 de septiembre a la entrada de un tribunal en el que iba a comparecer acusado de haber compartido en redes sociales una caricatura crítica con los religiosos extremistas.

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: 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”.

Director-General condemns murder of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar

News - Lun, 26/09/2016 - 17:00

“I condemn the murder of Nahed Hattar,” declared the Director-General. “This crime constitutes a grave attack on freedom of expression and affects Jordanian society as a whole,” Ms Bokova added.

Nahed Hattar was shot on 25 September, outside a court where he was to face charges for sharing on social media a controversial cartoon critical of religious extremists.

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…”

 

Safety of journalists, human rights and sustainable development on the agenda of a panel discussion in Geneva

News - Vie, 23/09/2016 - 18:19
As part of the build-up to commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI) on 2 November 2016, a panel discussion took place on 23 September in Geneva, during the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The event provided an opportunity to address linkages between the safety of journalists and the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of SDG 16, Target 10 stipulating “to ensure public access to information and protecting fundamental freedoms”.

UNESCO sponsored survey strengthens media self-regulation mechanism in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

News - Vie, 23/09/2016 - 16:34

Since its establishment, CMEM has received more than 120 complaints about potential breaches of the Code of journalistic ethics of the country. The survey reveals that 71% of the respondents know how to file a complaint with the Council. It was noted that though all respondents are aware of the existence of CMEM, extra efforts are needed to raise awareness regarding the role of media self-regulation in strengthening quality journalism in the country. The report also analyses the role of the press council as per regulating online media. A majority of the respondents are of the opinion that specific ethical norms should be the same for online and traditional media.

The results of the assessment were widely publicised throughout the country. Four TV debates have been broadcasted from June to September 2016 on TV24 to present the survey’s outcomes to citizens. The debates convened media experts from CMEM, academia and the civil society. The survey as well as the TV debates highlighted the positive impact of the press council in improving professional and ethical reporting in the country.

CMEM was founded in 2013 with the objective to self-regulate the media and adjudicate citizens' complaints about a breach of the Code of journalistic ethics. CMEM is also engaged in raising public awareness regarding media ethics, media quality and the role of a press council. This first assessment sponsored by UNESCO was key for the Council to identify its weaknesses, to understand the civil society’s expectations and define future communication strategies. 

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO condamne le meurtre du journaliste Aurelio Cabrera Campos au Mexique

Actualités - Vie, 23/09/2016 - 14:55

« Je condamne le meurtre d’Aurelio Cabrera Campos », a déclaré la Directrice générale. J’appelle les autorités à enquêter sur ce crime et à traduire ses auteurs en justice. Les attaques à l’encontre des professionnels des médias ne doivent pas rester impunies.

Aurelio Cabrera Campos était rédacteur en chef de l’hebdomadaire El Gráfico de la Sierra qu’il avait lancé il y a quelques mois. Blessé par balle le 14 septembre il a succombé à ses blessures le lendemain.

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 ».

 

 

 

 

Global MIL Week: Share your MIL projects, initiatives and voluntary commitments

News - Vie, 23/09/2016 - 10:39

As part of the Global MIL Week, UNESCO is inviting all stakeholders to register projects, initiatives and voluntary commitments on the web platform of the Global MIL week.

The information will be posted on the Global MIL week website making it visible and available to all those who are interested and work on Media and Information Literacy. This will allow for synergies to be developed among the stakeholders, projects and initiatives and it will also give more openness about the progress towards MIL for all.

Calling for initiatives on all levels

UNESCO is welcoming projects and initiatives by UN organizations, governments, private sector, international/bilateral donors and foundations, intergovernmental organizations, libraries, museums and archives, media, civil society, and technological mediators, academic institutions and others.

It can be an initiative at community, regional, national or global level, related to MIL education, policy and advocacy, media self-regulation, research, the work of libraries, funding mechanisms, technology and innovation, capacity building. It can target schools, educators, youth, gender issues, financial literacy and economic growth, audiovisual industries and many more.

Global MIL week in November            

The sixth annual global celebration of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week will take place from 31 October to 5 November, 2016, under the theme “Media and Information Literacy: New Paradigms for Intercultural Dialogue”. The Global MIL Week 2016 feature event includes the Sixth Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) Conference and the First General Assembly of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL). The feature event is hosted by the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and will take place from 2 to 5 November, 2016.The Global MIL Week 2016 is led by UNESCO in cooperation with GAPMIL, UNAOC and MILID University Network. You can find more information about Global MIL week here: http://en.unesco.org/global-mil-week-2016

Safety of journalists brought closer to academic community thanks to Helsingin Sanomat Foundation

News - Jue, 22/09/2016 - 15:03

Reeta Pöyhtäri, Research Fellow funded by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation in the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development at UNESCO headquarters, coordinated UNESCO’s Journalists’ Safety Indicators (JSI), providing her expertise and oversight to their application in three different countries and facilitating academic cooperation on the safety of journalists.

Speaking about the relevance of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation research fellowship to UNESCO, Pöyhtäri explains: “The funding for the fellowship has been a great support for UNESCO's work on safety of journalists. Concretely it meant that an expert was working on the topic of safety of journalists for two years. This has enabled strengthening the JSI initiative as a part of UNESCO's regular programme. It has also led to the creation of a new line of programmatic work, namely establishing the academic cooperation on safety of journalists’ research.”

UNESCO’s Journalists' Safety Indicators were developed within the context of the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. JSI serve to identify the actions that are taken by the various relevant stakeholders in promoting journalists’ safety and fighting impunity at the national level. “The support of the Foundation has been invaluable for UNESCO to have the capacity for fully establishing the Journalists’ Safety Indicators,” commented Guy Berger, UNESCO’s Director of the Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development.

The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Research Fellow also helped to bring closer UNESCO’s work on safety of journalists to the academic community by consolidating UNESCO’s research agenda on the safety of journalists.

“The safety of journalists is a complex matter. It has typically been researched and analyzed as a part of some larger phenomenon or specific circumstances. This is of course important, but it is equally important to have the focus on safety itself,” Pöyhtäri said. “The research agenda worked as a source of ideas and inspiration, as it gives researchers ideas on the type of relevant and necessary knowledge” she added.

The issue of safety of journalists was also presented in several international communication conferences. “I must say that academia has been very welcoming and interested in the topic and keen on cooperation. The academic community has also shown their own initiative and has already started creating new forms of cooperation,” Pöyhtäri said.

Recalling some of the most relevant achievements, Pöyhtäri points out the International Journalism Safety Research Network, which was launched by the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield with support of UNESCO, as well as UNESCO’s first Safety of Journalists Research Conference, which was held during the 2016 World Press Freedom Day celebration in Helsinki, thanks to the support of the UNESCO Chair at the University of Gothenburg.

Pöyhtäri was the first Helsingin Sanomat research fellow at UNESCO. As the Foundation promotes and supports high-level research on freedom of expression, cooperation with UNESCO’s work on safety of journalists contributed to the foundation’s mission. “The Helsingin Sanomat Foundation highly values the work UNESCO is doing on safety of journalists and the issue of impunity,” said Ulla Koski, President of the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation. “We are very pleased that during the past two years the foundation has been able to contribute to this remarkable work.”

Pöyhtäri says she will continue her engagement to raise public knowledge about journalists’ safety: “I will in the near future collaborate on the safety of journalists’ research publication that is based on the 2016 World Press Freedom Day conference. I will give lectures on the topic to future journalists, as well as participate in related academic events. Safety of journalists has now become a part of my research activities, and therefore it is very natural that I will be working to raise public knowledge on the issue as well.”

La Directora General condena el asesinato del periodista mexicano Aurelio Cabrera Campos

Noticias - Mié, 21/09/2016 - 17:11

Condeno el asesinato de Aurelio Cabrera Campos”, dijo la Directora General. “Pido a las autoridades que investiguen este crimen y procesen a sus culpables. Los ataques contra profesionales de los medios no deben permanecer impunes”.

Aurelio Cabrera Campos, director del semanario El Gráfico de la Sierra Norte, que había fundado este año, fue baleado el 14 de septiembre y murió un día después como resultado de sus heridas.

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: 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”.

Lancement du Prix mondial de la liberté de la presse UNESCO/Guillermo Cano 2017

Actualités - Mié, 21/09/2016 - 16:57

Créé en 1997 par le Conseil exécutif de l'UNESCO, le Prix mondial de la liberté de la presse est destiné à distinguer une personne, une organisation ou une institution qui a contribué d’une manière notable à la défense et/ou à la promotion de la liberté de la presse où que ce soit dans le monde, surtout si pour cela elle a pris des risques.

Doté d’un montant de 25 000 USD, le prix est décerné tous les ans lors d’une cérémonie officielle à l’occasion de la conférence de la Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse, le 3 mai.

La Journée mondiale de la liberté de la presse 2017 aura lieu à Djakarta, Indonésie, le 3 mai 2017.

Le Prix est financé par les Fondations Cano (Colombie) et Helsingin Sanomat (Finlande).

Présentation des candidatures :

Pour proposer des candidats, veuillez envoyer le formulaire dûment rempli en anglais ou en français, avant le 15 février 2017, par courrier normal ou électronique à :

UNESCO
Division de la liberté d’expression, de la démocratie et de la paix
1, rue Miollis
75732 Paris cedex 15
France
Tel: 33.1.45.68.42.12
Fax: 33.1.45.68.55.84
E-mail: s.coudray(at)unesco.org

UNESCO is seeking nominations for UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2017

News - Mié, 21/09/2016 - 16:52

This Prize was established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, in 1997, in honour of Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who died in the exercise of his profession. Its purpose is to reward each year a person, organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defense and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially if risks have been involved.

Awarded annually, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (3 May), the Prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of US$25,000.

World Press Freedom Day 2017 will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 3 May 2017.

The Prize is funded by the Cano Foundation (Colombia) and the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation (Finland).

How to submit your nomination:

Nominations for the Prize should be submitted by filling out the form in English or French and sending it before 15 February 2017 by post or by email to:

UNESCO
Communication and Information Sector
Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development
Section for Freedom of Expression
7 Place de Fontenoy
75007 Paris
France
Tel: 33.1.45.68.42.12
E-mail: s.coudray(at)unesco.org

Achieving the SDGs with broadband and ICTs: Overcoming the gender digital divide, education and investment challenges

News - Mié, 21/09/2016 - 16:30

Broadband uses for sustainable development and particularly for gender equality and education were among the key UNESCO topics debated at this 14th Broadband Commission meeting in NY this weekend. The Commission brought leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society and international organizations together, at the eve of the opening of the UN General Assembly. The plenary meeting of the Broadband Commission was opened by welcoming remarks from H.E. President Kagame, Mr Carlos Slim Helú, Dr. David Nabarro, Ms Irina Bokova and Mr Houlin Zhao, who also welcomed five new Commissioners: Mr Jean-Yves Charlier, H.E. Ramin Guluzade, H.E. Anusha Rahman Khan, Ms Catherine Novelli and Mr Rupert Pearce (see here for more information).

Dr. David Nabarro, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on the Sustainable Development Agenda, delivered a message on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, highlighting that: “Thanks to the work of the Broadband Commission, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and many others, Member States agreed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on the importance of ICTs, broadband and global interconnectedness for bridging the digital divide, developing knowledge societies and accelerating human progress.” Ms Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, stressed that “The digital revolution must be a development revolution – revolution for human rights and dignity – a revolution that empowers every woman and man, every society.”

The first plenary session on “Building on Broadband to Leave No One Behind”, analysed the advantages and limitations of broadband and information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyzer for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Commissioners specifically explored broadband and ICTs’ role as regards making education and life-long learning, as well as public healthcare, more available and equitable. UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Mr Frank La Rue, underlined that education is a Human Right and that: “The importance of information and communication technologies, of broadband and mobile technology lies in the fact that they can accelerate progress on key education challenges: on equity, on inclusion, on access and on quality.” After intensive discussions, UNESCO’s Director-General proposed to re-launch a Working Group on Education, which was welcomed.

On Saturday 17 September, the Commission’s Working Group on Digital Health, on Demand and on the Digital Gender Divide held meetings at the UN Women Headquarters to advance on their respective activities. UNESCO’s Director-General, Ms Bokova, co-chaired the gender working group with the Director-General of GSMA, Mr Granryd. Indeed, the gender gap grew by 1% between 2013 and 2016 and there are, for example, still 202 million fewer women than men owning a mobile phone in 2016. The Commission works on a set of recommendations, a related action plan and concrete commitments to overcome the digital gender divide.

In her concluding remarks, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stressed the vital importance of the soft ICT components, of policy-, content- and capacity development, stating that “true innovation lies less in access and technology itself, and more in the use put to it by women and men, in the ingenuity they bring to harnessing its power to better their lives.” Only with such a holistic approach can Broadband be fully harnessed for sustainable development.

The working groups will continue to advance until the 15th face-to-face meeting of the Broadband Commission in Shanghai, China in spring 2017.

Director-General condemns murder of journalist Aurelio Cabrera Campos in Mexico

News - Mié, 21/09/2016 - 15:00

“I condemn the murder of Aurelio Cabrera Campos,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice. There can be no impunity for those attacking media workers.”

Aurelio Cabrera Campos, editor of the weekly El Gráfico de la Sierra, which he had founded earlier this year, was shot on 14 September and died of his injuries the following day.

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…”

 

 

Le lien entre information et développement au cœur des célébrations de la première Journée internationale du droit d’accès à l’information

Actualités - Mié, 21/09/2016 - 11:37

Les débats, intitulés Dynamiser les Objectifs de développement durable à travers l’accès à l’information, sont organisés par le Programme international de l’UNESCO pour le développement de la communication (PIDC) en collaboration avec le Programme Information pour tous. Des experts de premier plan venus du monde entier prendront part à ces discussions. Il s’agit de démontrer que l’accès public à l’information et aux technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) et le renforcement des médias qui favorisent cet accès sont déterminants pour atteindre les Objectifs de développement durable.

L’un des principaux artisans du développement durable, le Président ghanéen John Dramani Mahama, qui co-préside le groupe consultatif des Nations Unies sur les ODD, prononcera un discours à la clôture de la conférence.

La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Irina Bokova, ouvrira les débats au côté d’Albana Shala, Présidente du Programme international de l’UNESCO pour le développement de la communication ; de Lionel Veer, Ambassadeur des Pays-Bas auprès de l’UNESCO et de Neris Germanas, Vice-ministre des Affaires étrangères de Lituanie.

Les délégations permanentes de Lituanie et des Pays-Bas auprès de l’UNESCO ont financé cet événement, avec le soutien de la Commission nationale néerlandaise pour l’UNESCO.

Les délégations permanentes de la Suède et de la Finlande inaugueront une exposition célébrant le 250e anniversaire de la loi sur la liberté de la presse de 1766 dans ce qui est aujourd’hui la Suède et la Finlande.

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Contact médias : Djibril Kébé, Service de presse de l’UNESCO, +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 41, d.kebe(at)unesco.org

 

UNESCO connects information and development to mark first international Day for Universal Access to Information

News - Mié, 21/09/2016 - 11:30

The conference and discussions, grouped under the title Powering sustainable development with public access to information, is organized by UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communications (IPDC) in collaboration with the Organization’s Information for All Programme (IFAP). It will feature the participation of leading players and experts from all over the world, who will argue that that public access to information and ICTs, along with strengthening media institutions that help assure access, is key to achieving the SDGs in their totality.

One of the leading advocates for sustainable development, Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, who co-chairs the UN Advocacy Group on SDGs, will deliver a keynote address at the close of the conference.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will open the “IPDC Talks” alongside Albana Shala, Chair of UNESCO’s International Programme for Development of Communication, and Lionel Veer Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to UNESCO and Neris Germanas Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.

Lithuania’s and the Netherlands’ Permanent Delegations to UNESCO have financed the event, along with the Netherlands’ National Commission for UNESCO.

The Permanent Delegations of Sweden and Finland will launch an exhibition commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Freedom of the Press Act passed in 1766 in what is today Sweden and Finland on the occasion of International Day for the Universal Access to Information.

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Media Accreditation: Djibril Kebe, UNESCO Press Service: d.kebe(at)unesco.org, +33(0)145681741

 

What: Powering sustainable development with public access to information—IPDC Talks to mark the first international Day for Universal Access to Information

Where: Room XII, UNESCO Headquarters, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75012 Paris

When: 26 September, 10am to 6pm

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