Remarks of Mr Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information of UNESCO at the Opening Ceremony

Mr Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information of UNESCO, addressed the Fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the Opening Ceremony and reiterated UNESCO's commitment to strengthen the Organization’s involvement in the field of Internet governance.

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The Opening Ceremony of the Fifth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, took place in the afternoon of 14 September. 

Mr Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information of UNESCO, stated in his speech that the Internet governance mechanisms should be based on the principle of “openness”, encompassing interoperability, freedom of expression in knowledge societies and measures to resist any attempt to censor content. UNESCO will continue to safeguard key values like freedom of expression, cultural and linguistic diversity and openness.

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