UNESCO's General Conference Elects New Members to IPDC and IFAP Council
The General Conference elected this week new members to the Intergovernmental Councils for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP).
The following twenty one Member States have been elected as new members of the Intergovernmental Council for the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) joining those eighteen that have been elected at the 33rd session of the General Conference: Benin, Cameroon, Colombia, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Romania, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, United States of America, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia.
For the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) the following fourteen Member States will join those thirteen that have been elected at the 33rd session of the General Conference (except Indonesia replacing Malaysia): Austria, France, Israël (Group I), Brazil, Grenada, Venezuela (Group III), DRP Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam (Group IV), Kenya, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire (Group V (a)), Libya (Group V (b)).
Both IPDC and IFAP are instrumental in UNESCO's action to empower people through the free flow of ideas by word and image, and by access to information and knowledge.
IPDC promotes free and pluralistic media with high ethical and professional standards in developing countries and the countries in transition. Through media development IPDC helps strengthen communicative & analytical skills of the people and their participation in democratic governance. The priority is given to the projects promoting press freedom and media pluralism, development of community media, enhancing professional capacity and building partnerships for media improvements
IFAP provides a framework for international co-operation and international and regional partnerships. It supports the development of common strategies, methods and tools to build inclusive, open and pluralistic knowledge societies and to narrow the gap between the information rich and the information poor.