In the field of communication, UNESCO combats
racism and xenophobia, through a number of multilateral and bilateral partnerships and
contributes to the promotion of new information and communication technologies for
Memory of the World
The Memory of the World Programme, launched in
1982, also contributes to the dialogue among civilizations. The programme aims at
protecting and promoting the world's documentary heritage, working on manuscript
preservation and access to these documents.
Communication and Society
In co-operation with the International Media Working
Group against Racism and Xenophobia and the International Federation of Journalists, a
handbook for media organizations and journalist groups on standards for training,
recruitment and newsroom performance will be published and distributed. A press kit
on Media and Racism will also be produced for World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2001.
A position paper on racism and Internet, is in preparation, in co-operation with
professional organizations and members of the UNESCO Advisory Group for Press Freedom.
The issue of racism and freedom of expression pertaining to
the Internet will be included in the agenda of the 3rd International Congress on Ethical,
Legal and Societal Challenges of Cyberspace to be held 13-15 November 2000.
Observatory on the Information Society
The UNESCO International Observatory on the
Information Society collects regulations, laws and plans of action dealing with
information society issues. It includes, among others, a section on information
content regulation on the Internet that covers racism, xenophobia and discrimination.