Communication & Information

Communications/Information Sector in UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa activities range from engagement in the safety of journalists and issue of impunity, support of science journalism, and local radio stations to various events organized together with other UN agencies within Delivering as ONE communication strategy in Ethiopia.

Regional Coordination Meeting UNESCO Offices Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Juba, Dar-es-Salaam

The directors of the four UNESCO offices met in Nairobi for the Regional Coordination Meeting held from April 23-24. They agreed, among other issues, to develop a Regional Strategy Document for 2014-2017 with priority areas for all mentioned UNESCO offices as follows:  Youth, Gender Equality, Culture of Peace, and Culture for Development.

           Mobilization of extra budgetary resources is crucial if UNESCO’s mandate and visibility is to be upheld in a satisfactory manner so a fund mobilization strategy was discussed as well.  The next meeting is scheduled for September 2013.


UNESCO 2012 Annual Report released

UNESCO 2012 Annual Report in now available.The limited print run (1,000 copies in French and 1,500 in English) was intended primarily for distribution to Member States, National Commissions and our principal partners. Online English and French versions are available for consultation here.The Annual Report of UNESCO is sampling some of the last year’s highlights. Divided into 8 Chapters, the Annual Report covers issues such as:Education for the 21st Century,Science for a Sustainable Future, One Planet, One Ocean, Defending Freedom of Expression and others while each chapter describes several specific UNESCO and its partners’projects devoted to different sectors on which UNESCO currently focuses with examples from different countries around the globe.

IPDC provides support to 63 media development projects around the globe

At its annual meeting held from 20 to 22 March at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Bureau of the International Programme for the Development of Communication(IPDC) approved 63 projects aimed at tackling the most urgent priorities in media development worldwide. Most projects, 33, were granted to Africa and Arab region, 16 in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 14 in Asia and the Pacific.All of the projects will contribute to IPDC’s priorities – promoting freedom of expression and media pluralism, developing community media and building the professional skills of journalists.A special allocation of US$ 35,000 was made for the development and application of a set of indicators for measuring the safety of journalists, as an add-on to the Media Development Indicators(MDIs), endorsed by the IPDC Intergovernmental Council in 2008.Applications for funding in 2014 must be submitted by media organizations such as press, radio and television, media training institutes, professional journalists’ associations, community media organizations and other relevant institutions by 31 July 2013.

The Great Ethiopian Run 2012

© UNESCO/Akintunde Akinsanya The Great Ethiopian Run


           The Great Ethiopian Run (10 km), held November 25 in Addis Ababa, was founded in 2001 and is the largest running event in Africa. 36,000 runners took part in the run supported by the UN and other organizations in order to raise funds for Africa with this year’s theme “Running for a Child” as part of 

Africa-wide campaign, to raise funds for local Ethiopian child welfare programs that will help this country close the gap in key development areas such as education.  

  Ethiopian runner Mosinet Geremew, who provided a stunning result 27: 36, won the race. The women’s honour went to another Ethiopian, Yebrqual Melese, for 33:21. UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa congratulates all the participating runners!



World Press Freedom Day

Joint Message from Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms Irina Bokova,Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (shortened)May 3rd, the twentieth anniversary of World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) is an opportunity to renew our commitment in challenging times. Every day, freedom of expression faces new threats. Because they help ensure transparency and accountability in public affairs, journalists are frequent targets of violence.More than 600 journalists have been killed in the last ten years, many while reporting in non-conflict situations.A climate of impunity persists -- nine out often cases of killings of journalists go unpunished.We must show resolve in the face of such insecurity and injustice. The theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”, aims to rally international action to protect the safety of every journalist in every country and to break the vicious circle of impunity.On this World Press Freedom Day, we call on Governments, societies and individuals to do their utmost to protect the safety of all journalists, offline and online. Everyone has a voice; all must be able to speak freely and in safety.

The International Tolerance Day

           The International Tolerance Day was celebrated at the National Theater on November 15 in the presence of Ministers, Members of the House of People Representative Council, dignitaries, and other invited guests.

           H.E. Dawood Mohamod, State Minister of Culture and Tourism said in his opening speech that:  “The International Tolerance Day has special meaning for us and it gives us an occasion when we can promote our culture of tolerance and be an exemplary for the world.”

  It has been celebrated since 1995 when the UN declared Year for Tolerance, at the initiative of UNESCO. In Ethiopia, it was celebrated for the second time under the theme of “Promoting our culture of tolerance”. The Harnessing Diversity for Sustainable Development and Social Change (HDSDSC) Project has provided financial and technical support for the successful realization of the celebration of the day.


UN Day celebration

© UNESCO/Petra Sedinova UN DAY


           The delegates of the VIII. African Development Forum celebrated the UN Day held October 24. The Ceremony opened with a message by the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, delivered by Mr. Carlos Lopez, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA. The Secretary-General’s Message for 2012 stressed that:  “There has been important progress on many fronts. Extreme poverty has been cut in half since the year 2000 and democratic transitions are under way in many countries. With the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, we must intensify our efforts to reach all of these lifesaving targets.”

  The UN flag rising ceremony, attended by over 900 guests, was followed by annual tree planting ceremony to promote environmental awareness.


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