Communication & Information

The Communication and Information (CI) Unit in the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) works to foster free, independent and pluralistic media in print, broadcast and online.  It also works to build the capacity of the media in the region to report on developmental stories.  

UNESCO ROSA today promotes policies for press freedom and the safety of journalists, and supports independent journalism based on professional ethics and self-regulatory principles.

Pluralistic and diverse media provides information options so that the public can make good choices. This is why UNESCO ROSA also helps to build community media in particular, and fostering gender equity in the media.  In order to empower individuals as informed producers and consumers of information, UNESCO ROSA has initiatives in media and information literacy and in journalism education.

UNESCO’s work in all these areas is part of our support for freedom of expression as an inalienable human right set down in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The media has a crucial role to play in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a source of information for citizens. The SDGs recognize that sustainable development includes “public access to information and fundamental freedoms”, especially SDG16:10, which aims to: “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements”. The ROSA CI Unit is thus working with other UN agencies and stakeholders to empower media to support SDGs awareness and implementation in the SADC Region. 

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