22.11.2016 - Communication & Information Sector

Albana Shala re-elected Chair of IPDC

Albana Shala, IPDC Chair, and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. © UNESCO

The 30th session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which took place in UNESCO Headquarters on 17-18 November 2016, re-elected Ms. Albana Shala as Chair of the Programme for the 2016-2018 period.

Ms Shala (The Netherlands), who became the first woman Chair of the Programme at the 29th Council session, was praised by Council members for her success in chairing the IPDC since 2014.

With over 15 years of experience in the independent media development field, Ms. Shala is an expert in areas including media training and development, media and communication strategies and advocacy for media freedoms, gender equality and journalists’ safety. She is currently Programme Coordinator at Free Press Unlimited, a Dutch NGO supporting independent media in more than 40 countries.

The IPDC Council also elected Ecuador, Mongolia and Zambia, as Vice-Chairpersons of the Programme as well as Denmark, Oman, and Poland as Bureau members. Niger was further elected for the position of Rapporteur.

The Council of the IPDC meets once every two years to reflect on the latest trends in the media development field and decide on future action. The next Council session will be held on 15-16 November 2018.

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