25.05.2011 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

ADG Janis Karklins visits Ha Noi

©UNESCO / Janis Karklins speaking in Ha Noi

Ha Noi, 25 May 2011 - The UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Janis Karklins, paid an official visit to Ha Noi, Viet Nam from 23-25 May 2011. During his three-day trip, Mr. Karklins attended the Asia Media Summit 8, met with several government officials and media organizations and visited the UNESCO Viet Nam Field Office.

At the Asian Media Summit 8, Mr. Karklins addressed an audience of 500 international and 200 domestic delegates to discuss the changing effects of the internet and mobile technology on media and the growing responsibility of media professionals to address challenges posed by a changing media landscape.

Highlighting UNESCO contributions to the global media sector, Mr. Karklins said, “UNESCO is working towards providing quality journalism education through standard setting instruments, namely the Model Curricula for Journalism Education, which has been adapted in 50 countries worldwide and provides a framework for quality journalism education, which is relevant to both traditional and new media”.

During his visit, Mr. Karklins also met with the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, to discuss the status of media development in Viet Nam and the UNESCO mandate to facilitate freedom of expression and free flow of information. In a meeting with the Vice Minister of Information and Communications, the Assistant Director-General addressed the positive role of technology in Viet Nam, needs to digitalize cultural archives to prevent their loss and raising standards in journalist training and education.

Mr. Karklins also met with representatives of the Viet Nam Journalists Association, Viet Nam News Agency, Embassy of Sweden and UN agencies, and made official visits to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature.

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