13.04.2012 - ODG

CEB endorses the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity


The Chief Executives Board (CEB) endorsed today the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity led by UNESCO. “Over the last decade, more than 500 journalists and media workers have been killed worldwide, with many more wounded while carrying out their professional responsibilities,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “The safety of journalists is essential to guarantee the right to freedom of expression contained in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

During the CEB meetings, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had asked UNESCO Director-General and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin to lead the review of the functioning of the CEB.

The CEB addressed also final preparations for the Rio +20 Conference and examined a document presenting a ‘UN initiative on Oceans’ in this framework. In her intervention, the Director-General stated that the protection of oceans was an urgent matter because of “their degradation, pollution, rise of sea level, fragile marine ecosystems and endangered populations in coastal areas.” She underlined that the UN system as a whole has a responsibility to address this major challenge now and for the years to come.

The Director-General took part also in a private session that was devoted to political and human rights briefings, and a discussion on the current world economic situation.

Tomorrow, the Director-General will take part in the CEB Retreat that will focus on Youth in Sustainable Development, an area of special interest to UNESCO.


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