A meeting in Nigeria to promote IFAP activities
The UNESCO Office in Abuja and the Nigerian National Committee for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) are organizing an Information Policy Review Retreat from 17 to 18 March 2009 in Abuja, Nigeria.
This activity aims at supporting the work of the recently established Committee. It is also expected to contribute to the Information for All campaign through formulation of a National Information Policy Framework for Nigeria.
The Nigerian National Committee for IFAP was established in 2007 following the creation of the Intergovernmental Programme in 2000. The Committee comprises members from governmental organizations, trade unions and NGOs, particularly those with expertise in information management and preservation, such as: National Library Association, Telecom Operators, National Archives, National Information Technology Development Agency, Nigerian Union of Journalists, etc.
Establishing an information policy framework for universal access and preservation is one of IFAP's goals in the current biennium (2008-2009), as per the Strategic Plan for IFAP adopted by UNESCO's Executive Board in October 2008. The upcoming retreat is being organized in line with this goal: one of the expected outcomes is the emergence of a draft Information Policy for Nigeria.
The UNESCO Information for All Programme is the only intergovernmental programme exclusively dedicated to promoting universal access to information and knowledge for development. It provides a platform for international policy discussions on preservation of information and access to it; on participation of all in the emerging global information society; and on ethical, legal and societal consequences of ICT developments. The main task of National Committees is to identify and motivate national institutions concerned with the various IFAP activities and to constitute a permanent forum to facilitate the flow of information between the Programme and interested national institutions.