Onwards and upwards: Communication and information in 2013


Right to Access Information: Training on International Standards and Best Practices

11-12 January; Rabat, Morocco

Thic capacity builiding event will focus on the experiences in promoting the right to access information for the adoption of a freedom of information law that meets the international standards. It will be facilitated by the foundation Access Info based in Madrid and a Jordanian expert from the World Bank.

Voices for Change and Peace: Taking Stalk of Community Radio in South Asia

17-18 January; New Delhi, India

The seminar will take stock of South Asian experiences with community radio, including the strong potential of the medium for social change and promotion of peace in the region. It will focus on planning a few achievable actions that community radios can work on, such as cross border issues, exchange and learning visits, advocacy for legislative reform, etc. >> More

Training Workshop for Women Community Radio Broadcasters of South Asia

19-22 January; New Delhi, India

This event aims at enhancing access to community media, promoting positive social change and peace building through community broadcasting. It will gather 50 women community radio broadcasters from South Asian countries to build their capacities in programme production and interview techniques, enhance their digital editing skills, radio show skills and networking skills. >> More

Building Community Radio in Nigeria

Last week of January: Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria; third week of March: Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

The workshops are aimed at sensitizing the communities on the importance of setting up community radio stations. This IPDC-funded project contributes to expanding the plurality and diversity of the media in Nigeria, and enhances the capacities of local communities in the use of media for democratic discourse.


Towards a Media code of Ethics in Lebanon

Beginning of February; Beirut, Lebanon

UNESCO’s Office in Beirut will launch the Media Code of Ethics in Lebanon, jointly produced by UNESCO and the Maharat Foundation, under an IPDC project. The preparation of this publication has been done through a participatory approach including Lebanese print and online media, radio and TV.

Managing Indian Media Libraries and Archives: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices

4-5 February; New Delhi, India

This national  conference will discuss the current issues and various emerging trends in managing media libraries and archives in India. The event aims to provide a professional platform to examine practical issues in managing all aspects of media libraries, across the various mass media segments such as print, TV, radio and online media.

World Radio Day

13 February; worldwide celebrations

World Radio Day is a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves. As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide. UNESCO encourages all countries to celebrate World Radio Day. >> More

Netexplo Forum 2013

14-15 February 2013; UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

The Netexplo Forum reviews the most promising initiatives of the past year, detected through an international network of more than 200 spotters (Netexplo Observatory). The Forum enables more than 1,000 business, political and media executives to gain insight into major trends of tomorrow’s digital society. >> More

Conference on Freedom of expression on the Internet

15 and 16 February; Marrakech, Morocco

The Conference will discuss recent developments in Morocco related to access to the Internet. UNESCO will bring international expertise and launch its two major publications in the area, Freedom of connection, freedom of expression: the changing legal and regulatory ecology shaping the Internet and Global survey on Internet privacy and freedom of expression.

Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development (WSIS+10)

25–27 February; UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

Ten years after the adoption of the Geneva Plan of Action by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) setting specific targets for 2015, UNESCO is hosting the first WSIS+10 review meeting. It is expected to attract more than 600 participants to look at the WSIS Action Line achievements, to analyze recent developments and forecasts with regards to the use of ICT for building inclusive knowledge societies. >> More



Awareness Campaign on Election

December 2012 - March 2013; Lebanon

UNESCO’s Office in Beirut is joining efforts with Annahar newspaper and a local NGO to disseminate information about the election process. This campaign will target journalists from all over Lebanon and will focus on different aspects of an election process.

Launch of a School Library for Syrian and Lebanese Students

March; BarElias school, Bekaa area, Lebanon

This library will serve as an elementary school, for 920 students with 390 Syrians. It will be equipped with computers and library management software, multimedia corner and books. Library management training will be given to librarians and teachers.

Women Make the News

8 March; worldwide

Launched annually on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Women Make the News (WMN) is a global policy advocacy initiative aimed at promoting gender equality in the media. It is part of UNESCO’s strategy to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in and through media.



World Press Freedom Day

3 May; worldwide celebrations

Every year, 3 May is the date to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.


Workshop on Safety of Journalists and Combating Impunity

4 May; Nigeria

The event is expected to gather several eminent personalities, such as United States Ambassador to Nigeria, the Chargé d'Affaires of the British High Commission, Nigeria’s Attorney General and Ministers of Justice and of Information.

World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2013

13-17 May; Geneva, Switzerland

Throughout the WSIS process, UNESCO has succeeded in positioning itself as a catalyst of enabling ICTs for the content, policy and capacity development, which are decisive for closing the existing knowledge divides. The WSIS Forum 2013 will be jointly organized by UNESCO, ITU, UNCTAD and UNDP. It will provide structured opportunities to network, learn and participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. >> More



11th Meeting of the International Advisory Committee for the Memory of the World Programme

18-21 June; Gwangju, Republic of Korea

The main purpose of the meeting is to review the progress achieved by the Memory of the World Programme and make recommendations to the Director-General concerning the inscription of documentary heritage on the Memory of the World Register, the award of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize as well as promoting the Programme. >> More

Global Forum for Partnerships on MIL and Pan-African MIL Conference

Tentative dates: 26-28 June; Nigeria

The Global Forum for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy will aim at articulating concrete partnerships to drive MIL development globally; enabling the MIL community to speak as one voice on certain critical matters; and further deepening the strategy for MIL to be treated as a composite concept by providing a common platform for MIL related networks and associations globally. >> More


4 September; Cheongju City, Republic of Korea

In April 2004 UNESCO’s Executive Board approved the establishment of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. The US$ 30,000 Prize, wholly funded by the Republic of Korea, is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage. >> More


Global Forum on Media and Gender


This first Global Forum will be organized by UNESCO, UN Women, media and NGOs as an important follow-up to one of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, “Women and the Media Diagnosis”. The key objective of the Forum will be to form a Global Alliance for Media and Gender. >> More

And more


  • Seminar on Media and Gender Equality in Chinese Media
    Summer 2013; Beijing

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

  • Workshop on Memory of the World – Protecting Ancient Documentary Heritage
    Spring 2013, Pyongyang


  • Mongolian Media Forum
    Spring 2013; Ulaanbaatar
  • Advocacy Event on Community Media Friendly Legislation in Mongolia
    Spring 2013; Ulaanbaatar


  • National Conference on Nepal’s Media Landscape (based on the assessment of media in Nepal using UNESCO's Media Develoment Indicators)
    First quarter 2013; Kathmandu
  • National Conference on Journalists’ Self-Censorship
    Fourth quarter 2013; Kathmandu
  • Symposium on Nepal’s Audiovisual Heritage
    27 October (World Day for Audiovisual Heritage); Kathmandu


  • Capacity Building on Information Preservation and Conservation for Managers of National Heritage Sites in Nigeria
    First week of February and second quarter 2013
  • Capacity Building on Investigative Journalism for Female Student-Journalists
    First week of February and second quarter 2013.


  • National Conference on Media Assessment in Palestine
    Second quarter 2013 

Republic of Korea

  • International Conference within the 2013 World Human Rights Cities Forum for Institutions Holding Human Rights Records Registered on the MoW Register
    May; Gwangju
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