IPDC Council meeting begins today
The Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will meet today to examine a new report, Media Development Indicators: A Framework for Assessing Media Development, during its 26th session at UNESCO Headquarters from 26 to 28 March.
The report, born of extensive consultations launched by the Council of the IPDC two years ago, proposes a set of indicators to be used by media professionals, policy makers, development agencies, and project managers to analyze the state of the media and identify areas where support is most required.
It will be presented by its author, Andrew Puddephatt, former Executive Director of the freedom of expression non-governmental organization Article 19, and a panel of experts: Alfred Opubor, Secretary General of the West African News Media & Development Centre (WANAD); William Orme, Advisor for Independent Media Development of the United Nations Development Programme's Democratic Governance Group, and Toby Mendel, Law Programme Director of the non-governmental press freedom organization Article 19.
During the meeting, experts will also debate how the IPDC can work for the improvement of the safety of journalists and on combating the impunity of crimes against journalists.
A new Chairperson will be elected for the Intergovernmental Council which comprises 39 Member States elected by UNESCO's General Conference. They meet every two years to oversee the implementation of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication.
The International Programme for the Development of Communication operates a wide range of projects in many developing countries with the aim of improving the free flow of information. It focuses on the promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism; community media and human resource development. Since its creation in 1980, the IPDC has raised some US$ 93 million dollars for more than 1,100 projects in 139 developing countries and countries in transition.
Funding of 78 new project proposals will be considered by the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council during its next annual meeting, in April.