UNESCO and Internet governance
UNESCO acknowledges the potential of the Internet for fostering sustainable human development and building more democratic societies, and also for enhancing the free flow of information and ideas throughout the world.
The Organization has consistently stressed that the mechanisms of Internet governance should be based on the principles of openness, privacy and diversity, encompassing universal access, interoperability, freedom of expression and measures to resist any attempt to censor content.
It should also respect cultural and linguistic diversity, which were echoed as well in the “Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace”.
All of these elements appeared essential for UNESCO to fulfill its mandate and mission entrusted by Member States.
- UNESCO's contributions to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
- Information paper on UNESCO and Internet governance (updated January 2011)