10.11.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

National Stakeholders Discuss Communication and Information Activities in Indonesia

Jakarta- 9 November 2016. The Indonesian National Commission to UNESCO organized a coordination meeting together with UNESCO Office in Jakarta and other national stakeholders to evaluate and discuss the work plan for Communication and Information (CI) activities in Indonesia in 2016 and 2017.

Prof. Arief Rachman the Executive Chairman of the National Commission opened the meeting with an overview of UNESCO’s work in Indonesia.  Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative of UNESCO in Indonesia gave opening remarks and highlighted the strong cooperation between UNESCO and the National Commission in the implementation of the CI activities in the country. He congratulated the Indonesian Government for the organizing the main event of the 2017 Press Freedom day.

The meeting is designed to encourage better sharing of information to all CI focal points. Invited participants included representatives from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Ministry of Education and Culture, the Institute of Sciences of Indonesia (LIPI), National Archives of Indonesia, National Library, and the Indonesian Press Council.

Amongst the topics discussed included the chairmanship of Indonesia in the Working Group on Information for People with Disability under the Information for All Programme (IFAP) in 2015-2016, the issue of endangered languages and multilingualism in the country especially within the context of the World Atlas of Languages in Danger, as well as the Memory of the World (MOW) programme. In 2016, Indonesia, through the effort of the National Commission and the Institute of Sciences of Indonesia (LIPI) submitted four nominations for the consideration of the international registry of the MOW. The issue of safety of journalists in the country within the framework of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) were also highlighted by the Indonesian Press Council during the meeting.

The meeting also discussed about the upcoming World Press Freedom Day’s (WPFD) main event which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1-4 May 2017. UNESCO, the MCIT and the Indonesian Press Council are the main organizer of the event. The Public Information and Communication Directorate of MCIT noted that they will assist in a media center and to help create awareness of the WPFD amongst the public throughout the different provinces. The Indonesian Press Council gave a detail update concerning the preparation of the event which will take place at well-known Jakarta Convention Centre in 2017.

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