16.11.2016 - Communication & Information Sector

30th session of IPDC Council to open tomorrow

Chairperson of IPDC Council Albana Shala (The Netherlands). © UNESCO

The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) is to hold the 30th session of its Intergovernmental Council on 17 and 18 November 2016 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris, France. The Council session will be officially opened tomorrow at 10 am by IPDC Chair, Ms Albana Shala.

The 30th Council session will see representatives from its 39 UNESCO Member States come together to discuss the overall direction of the Programme, its priories and assess its achievements during the past biennium.

Among the diverse topics included in the agenda, the Council is expected to debate gender-transformative approaches to media development, the impact of the Programme’s monitoring and reporting mechanism on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity and the overall Programme’s contribution to the 2030 development agenda.

The UNESCO Director-General Report on the Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity will also be formally presented to Council members. The report offers an overview of the killings of journalists condemned by the Director-General in 2014-2015 and an analysis of a decade of killings of journalists, media workers and social media producers between 2006 and 2015.

The Council of the IPDC meets once every two years to reflect on the latest trends in the media development field and decide on future action. The 29th Council meeting was held on 20 and 21 November 2014.

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