15.05.2013 - UNESCOPRESS

UNESCO to make its publications available free of charge as part of a new Open Access policy

UNESCO will make its digital publications available to millions of people around the world free-of-charge with an open license. Following a decision by the Organization’s Executive Board in April, UNESCO has become the first member of the United Nations to adopt such an Open Access policy for its publications. The new policy means that anyone will be able to download, translate, adapt, distribute and re-share UNESCO publications and data without paying.

Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, announced the new policy during the opening of the World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva on 13 May.

“Researchers from all countries, but especially from developing and least developed countries will benefit and capitalize on Open Access to knowledge,” said Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information. “Our new policy will enable us to increase the visibility, accessibility, and rapid distribution of our publications.”

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