China pledges contribution to UNESCO's Information for All Programme
China's Ministry of Science and Technology will contribute US$20.000 to UNESCO's Information for All Programme, declared last week the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC).
Announcing the contribution ISTIC Director Zou Dating said "UNESCO's Information for All Programme is an important initiative to improve people's life by access to information and knowledge. We are pleased to help IFAP by our contribution."
The Information for All Programme (IFAP) provides a framework for international co-operation and international and regional partnerships. It supports the development of common strategies, methods and tools to build inclusive, open and pluralistic knowledge societies and to narrow the gap between the information rich and the information poor. IFAP contributes to the fulfillment of UNESCO's mandate to contribute to "education for all", to the free exchange of ideas and knowledge, and to improve the means of communication between peoples.
IFAP recently granted financial assistance to twenty-four projects related to information literacy, preservation of information, and ethical implications of information and communication technology (ICT). The allocations from IFAP's "Special Fund" of contributions from UNESCO Member States are decided by the Bureau of IFAP's Intergovernmental Council.