22.11.2010 -

UNESCO supports 5th APIN Meeting and ICT Literacy Workshop

UNESCO and its Information for All Programme (IFAP) are supporting the 5th Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN) Meeting and ICT Literacy Workshop, organized in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in Manila, Philippines, from 23 to 26 November 2010. The assembly will bring together information policy makers and executives representing APIN member-countries.

The 5th APIN Meeting in Manila is organized under the theme, Information Policy: Information Access, Media and Information Literacy, following the commitments made during the 4th Meeting in Hanoi in 2008. It will focus on improving access to information, and promoting media and information literacy, which are two of the five priorities of IFAP.

 

The forthcoming meeting aims to align the APIN Constitution to the overall priorities of IFAP. A draft of the revised Constitution, reflecting these priorities, will be presented for ratification to the participating APIN members. Participants will also develop an action plan for collaboration in the development of information tools and sharing of experiences among APIN member-countries. APIN members will report on the status of access to information, and media and information literacy in their respective countries. Their varied experiences will provide inputs to the action plan.

 

Ivan John E. Uy, Secretary of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), the Philippines' primary agency for ICT policy-making and development, will deliver the keynote speech on 23 November. Other speakers at the meeting include Jeannette D. Tuason, Deputy Executive Director of the Philippines National Commision for UNESCO; Susanne Ornager, from UNESCO's Bangkok Office; Timoteo Angelo Diaz de Rivera, Vice Chair of the IFAP Bureau; Ramon R. Tuazon, President of AIJC; and Florangel Rosario-Braid, President Emeritus of AIJC.

 

Back-to-back with the three-day meeting, a one-day workshop on competencies for developing ICT literacy will be conducted by Elena Pernia, Chair of the Communication Research Department at the College of Mass Communication of the University of the Philippines and author of <a href="ev.php?URL_ID=27445&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201">Strategy Framework for Promoting ICT Literacy in the Asia-Pacific Region</a>. Executives of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Co., the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the National e-Library are also expected to give inputs on the Philippine media and communication sector.

APIN is a UNESCO-recognized network of Asia-Pacific countries committed to promote ICT literacy and application, information and knowledge networking, sharing of information resources, and use of international standards and best practices in communication and informatics. It is also one of the major partners of UNESCO's Information for All Programme in the Asia-Pacific region. Set up in 2002, APIN now has 19 member-countries whose representatives meet every two years in different cities of the region and on different themes.

The Information for All Programme was established in 2001 to provide a platform for international cooperation in the area of access to information and knowledge for the participation of all in the knowledge societies. IFAP focuses on ensuring that all people have access to information they can use to improve their lives. It is part of UNESCO and serves to promote the achievement of its goals.




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