25.06.2012 - UNESCO

Member States express support to UNESCO’s media development through IPDC

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On 18 and 19 June 2012 thirty-nine members of the Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) spoke highly of work being done under the auspices of IPDC. The 31-year-old Programme allocates small grants each year to projects around the world that promote freedom of expression, capacity building in media and community media.

Representatives at the meeting in Paris also highlighted the importance of broadening the range of contributions by UNESCO Member States, with one country stressing that many streams produced a river.

Convened at the initiative of recently elected IPDC Chairman Jyrki Pulkkinen, the informal consultations with the elected Council and other Member States also followed up on issues discussed at the last formal IPDC Council session in March 2012.

Participants spoke about the composition of IPDC’s governing bodies, and were briefed about IPDC’s forthcoming work on the safety of journalists and the problem of impunity in regard to killings. The following topics were also discussed at the meeting: a possible change of the UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication, and IPDC’s response to the on-going technological changes in the communications field.

A special session on fundraising for IPDC urged greater visibility and publicity of the effectiveness of IPDC projects, which are funded exclusively on the voluntary contributions of Member States. All of the documents and materials presented during the meeting are now available on the IPDC website (please click here).

The IPDC is the only intergovernmental programme in the UN system mandated to promote the development of free, independent and pluralistic media in developing countries and countries in transition. Since its creation in 1980, more than US$ 100 million has been channelled to over 1500 media development projects in some 140 countries.

The Programme’s unique role has been continuously reaffirmed by the United Nations General Assembly, most recently through Resolution A/RES/66/81 “Information in the service of humanity”, adopted on 9 December 2011, which urges all countries, organizations of the United Nations system and all other stakeholders concerned “to provide full support for the International Programme for the Development of Communication of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which should support both public and private media.”

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