UNESCO Mourns Loss of Claude Ondobo, Director of Communication Development
A funeral service takes place in Paris today for Mr Claude Ondobo Ndzana, Deputy Assistant Director-General of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO and Director of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), who died on 15 August 2002.
Mr Ondobo joined the UNESCO Secretariat in 1979 and made a great contribution to the development of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) first as Deputy Director (1983-1988), then as Director (1991-2002). He was Deputy Assistant Director-General of the Communication and Information Sector and Director of the Communication Development Division.
Under his leadership, the IPDC programme had a significant impact on nearly one thousand projects, aimed at developing community media, modernizing press agencies, television channels, radio stations, as well as private and public newspapers in over 130 countries.
From his childhood experience of listening to the radio around the fire in a small village in Cameroon, to his work with UNESCO to ensure the marginalised populations had access to the media, communication was at the centre of Claude Ondobo's life. He played a key role in UNESCO's efforts to promote independent and pluralistic media.