Asia-Pacific media meets in Kathmandu
The Asia-Pacific Institute for Media Development (AIBD) is holding its General Conference in Kathmandu this week. Created by UNESCO 1977, AIBD is instrumental to shape the professional standards in broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific Region. AIBD is mandated to achieve a vibrant and cohesive electronic media environment in the Asia-Pacific region through policy and resource development.
“AIBD is a valuable partner for UNESCO – it has trained more than 20000 professionals, many of whom are now leading broadcasting organizations throughout the region”, Axel Plathe, Head of UNESCO Office in Kathmandu says speaking on behalf of UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.
The collaboration between UNESCO and AIBD since its establishment has been focused on best practices in the field of broadcasting in general and public service broadcasting and community media in particular. Other initiatives have included cyber-journalism for women journalists, use of ICTs for strengthening citizens’ participation in broadcasting, HIV-AIDS producers’ network and digitization of radio and television archives. UNESCO and AIBD have also collaborated in publishing model manuals in the field of broadcasting, notably “ Public Service Broadcasting: A Comparative Legal Survey”, “Education Makes News”, “Getting the Story and Telling it Right, HIV on TV: A Handbook for Television Trainers and Producers”, and “Broadcasting Science”.
One of the most important functions of AIBD is the Asia Media Summit. It attracts every year hundreds of decision makers, media professionals, scholars, and stakeholders of news and programming to discuss.
“The summit is a crucial forum for networking and bringing together the media professionals of the region and beyond”, says Axel Plathe.
AIBD is an Inter-governmental Institute with 26 Member States from Asia and the Pacific. Nepal is represented by Radio Nepal and Nepal Television as full members. In addition, AIBD has 100 affiliate members from the region, with Antenna Foundation, ACORAB and Communication Corner from Nepal.