Activities for 2012


The implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (translated in 6 languages) and the Issue of Impunity is being implemented at global and country level and will be discussed during the 2nd UN Inter-Agency Meeting on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity on 22-23 November 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

Cooperation is being reinforced with the UN Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and with the UN Special Rapporteur on Summary or Arbitrary Executions.  Collaboration is also undertaken on the subsequent reports to the Human Right Council. A survey on women journalists and on violence against women, its causes and consequences is also carried out.

UNESCO is designing its Plan on Safety of Journalists and Combatting Impunity in consultation with Member States. This Plan will be presented to the Executive Board in Spring 2013.

UNESCO supports Member State Greece that would like to promote discussions over the UN Resolution 1738 on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. A first conference on the issue was organized by France and Greece at UN Headquarters in New York on the World Press Freedom Day (3rd May) in 2012.

Participate in the Universal Periodic Review of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

Participate in the preparation of the Report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on Civilians in Armed Conflict coordinated by OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs).

Raising awareness
Sensitize all stakeholders and society at large on the issue of freedom of expression, and also on issues related to the safety of journalists during the events of the World Press Freedom Day (3rd May).


UNESCO will continue to sensitize Member States on the importance of the decriminalization of defamation for guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression. In this regard, an international campaign will take place in 2013 in cooperation with all stakeholders, particularly Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression from the UN, African Union Commission (AUC), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Organization of American States (OAS).

UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), in collaboration with the African Federation of Journalists and the African Union Commission, the Pan-African Conference on Journalists Safety and Tackling Impunity that will take place in Addis Ababa on 12-13 September 2012.

UNESCO will organize, in collaboration with the Council of Europe, a session on The Safety of Bloggers at the Internet Governance Forum that will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 6 to 9 November 2012.

Within the framework of the IPDC, UNESCO will implement a number of projects in cooperation with international organizations and civil society. Projects approved by the 56th IPDC Bureau in February 2012:
Liberia: Media Defense and Safety of Journalists
Palestine: Building Capacity of the Palestinian Media in Conflict Sensitive Reporting
Iraq: Training Local Journalists in Investigative Journalism
Colombia: Investigative Journalism regarding Drug Trafficking and Self-Protection Mechanism for Journalists


Draft agreement to collaborate with International Media Support (IMS) in joint actions to promote the UN Plan of Action at country level.

Participation in the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)’s Protections and Safety Summit – Towards a Comprehensive Safety Strategy, which will take place on 26 October 2012 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Within the framework of the IPDC, UNESCO, together with the International News Safety Institute (INSI), will publish a compilation of good practices to promote the safety of journalists and to combat impunity to be disseminated to all stakeholders, including Member States experiences.

Raising awareness
Sensitize the general public on the importance of the safety of journalists and the fight against impunity, through promoting global awareness campaigns, such as the International Day Against Impunity, particularly in cooperation with IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange network).

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