19.03.2008 -

Pioneering Initiative on Media Development Indicators to be presented at 26th session of IPDC Council

The thirty-nine members of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will meet for its 26th session at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 26 to 28 March 2008. The delegates will be accompanied by experts and observers from intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies and professional organizations.

Following the wide consultation that was launched at the previous Council session, a panel of experts will lead the discussion on the report on Media Development Indicators: A Framework for Assessing Media Development, which proposes a set of indicators for evaluating the media sector from different perspectives. The Council will examine how these indicators might now be adopted for use.


Continuing its role as a forum for discussion on the issues and trends that are redefining media practices, the Council session will also feature a pivotal debate on the safety of journalists and the danger of impunity. It is hoped that the Member States will reach an agreement to adopt a decision on this issue.


As is customary, the Council will discuss IPDC's current activities, impact of IPDC projects, as well as reviewing the financial situation of the Programme. The Council will also proceed with the election of a new Chairperson and of the members of the IPDC Bureau.


The Council meets in a regular plenary session once every two years. During the last biennium, the IPDC supported 113 projects in 66 countries to the tune of more than 2,600,000 US dollars.


The recent resolution A/RES/62/111 A - Information in the service of humanity, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its 62nd session on 17 December 2007 urges all countries, organizations of the United Nations system and others 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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