28th session of IPDC Council

22 and 23 March 2012, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris France

Safety of journalists, gender and media

The agenda of the 28th session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) includes the examination of a report on IPDC’s activities during the last biennium, the presentation of the biennial report of the Director-General on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity, and the presentation for endorsement of a UN-wide Plan of Action on this issue.

In addition, the IPDC Council is organizing a thematic debate on “Gender and Media: Getting the Balance Right”, which will include a presentation of the newly elaborated UNESCO Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media. Finally, the award ceremony of the UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication will take place at the end of the first day of the meeting.

The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity

The report by the Director-General of UNESCO will be discussed on 22 March 2012. In the last two years, the Director-General condemned the killings of 127 journalists, 65 of which occurred in 2010 and 62 in 2011. The discussion will also include the endorsement of the UN Plan of Action on The Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. >> More

Gender and Media: Getting the Balance Right

The thematic debate, which will take place on 23 March 2012, will bring together stakeholders and Member States to discuss how to mainstream gender in media, based on the draft UNESCO Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media. This set of indicators, developed by UNESCO in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), aims at measuring both equality between men and women working in the media; and gender equality in news reporting. >> More

UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication

The award ceremony of the Prize will honour, on 22 March 2012, the winners of this year’s edition: the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and the Kenyan Arid Lands Information Network. The Prize recognizes a meritorious and innovative activity in improving communication in rural communities, mainly in the developing countries. UNESCO particularly encourages communication processes contribution to the development and empowerment of rural communities. >> More

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