22.09.2006 -

Tanzania contributes funds to UNESCO's Information for All Programme

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania recently made a contribution to UNESCO's Information for All Programme in support to promoting universal access to information and knowledge for development.

In a message to the Secretariat, the Governamnt says that "Tanzania will always cherish and support UNESCO's activities under Information for All Programme and will, as it has been doing, in collaboration with all other Member States, provide advice on how better to sharpen the implementation of its activities."


As a Member to the Intergovernmental Council that supervises the Programme, Tanzania says that it will faithfully work for IFAP's strategic objectives, namely promoting information literacy, information preservation and a better understanding of the ethical, legal and societal implications of ICT. "We believe that our little contribution to IFAP Special Fund will go a long way in enhancing UNESCO's mandate in the development of humankind", stresses the message of the Government to UNESCO.


Contributions from Member States are crucial for increasing the impact of IFAP and the over-riding objective of UNESCO is to raise enough funds for implementing projects that in turn can demonstrate to Governments and communities the value of "information for all", especially where information is being used to empower people to take greater responsibility for their own education, health and social participation.


The Information for All Programme was created in 2000 by UNESCO's Executive Board as a successor to the General Information Programme and the International Informatics Programme. The Programme is guided in its planning and implementation by an intergovernmental Council composed of 26 Member States of UNESCO that are elected by the General Conference of UNESCO.


Presently, the Bureau of the Council, chaired by New Zealand's Laurence Zwimpfer, meets at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (20-22 September 2006).

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