Orbicom is an international network that links communications leaders from academic, media, corporate and government circles with a view to providing for the exchange of information and the development of shared projects.
A global Mandate to Enhance Communications
Orbicom is supported by internationally-based institutions, media, governments and corporations. However, Orbicom's mandate derives from UNESCO's New Communications Strategy unanimously adopted at the 1989 General Conference. This Conference foresaw that new communications technologies would have a significant impact upon the complex processes shaping economies, the environment, social justice, democracy, and peace.
Societal change depends upon participatory communications. Greater access to information and increased ways of exchanging knowledge affect social development, democratization and good governance. Orbicom brings the Chairs and the associate members together in a global network.
A Network Designed to Link Diversity of Approach and International Expertise
Jointly created in 1994 by UNESCO and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), ORBICOM will ultimately embody a network of 300 associate members and 27 UNESCO Chairs in Communications from around the world.
Orbicom currently comprises Chairs from Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Russia, Spain (2), United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Chile and Peru together with 246 associate members. Each of these Chairs includes communications leaders from the private and public sectors.
This international collaboration of academics, high level corporate decision makers, policy consultants, and media specialists makes the Orbicom Network unique and constitutes a truly multidisciplinary approach to the promotion of communications development.