IFAP Council meeting opens its 7th session in Paris
The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, from 2 to 3 April 2012. The two-day meeting will bring together the representatives of the 25 Member States elected to the Council by UNESCO's General Conference, as well as observers from Member States, intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations having official status with UNESCO.
The Council is responsible for guiding the planning and the implementation of IFAP and will use the 2-day session to review its achievements and recommend future strategic orientations for the Programme. Particular attention will be given to further improving IFAP's working modalities, financial situation and visibility, as well as to preparing IFAP's 2012-2013 work plan. The Council will also focus on the development of UNESCO's Medium Term Strategy for 2014-2022.
In the 2010-2011 biennium the implementation of the IFAP Strategic Plan for 2008-2013 resulted in the organization of a number of successful international and regional conferences in Africa, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and the Caribbean, and Europe. IFAP's work also led to the submission of two documents to UNESCO's General Conference for adoption by Member States, and to the implementation of high impact projects and capacity-building activities for information professionals. IFAP's network of National Committees also grew with the fostering and strengthening of committees in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.
The work of the Council over the coming days will contribute to further accelerating these positive developments.
During the session the Council will also elect eight of its Members to the Bureau for a term of two years. The Bureau is the operational body of the Council and its Chairperson, along with Bureau members, is expected to play a key role in the Working Groups constituted to address IFAP's five strategic priority areas (information access, information for development, information ethics, information literacy and information preservation), providing support to the National IFAP Committees in their respective regions, and promoting visibility and resource mobilization for the Programme.
The Information for All Programme was established in 2001 to provide a platform for international cooperation in the area of access to information and knowledge for the participation of all in the knowledge societies. IFAP focuses on ensuring that all people have access to information they can use to improve their lives.