Transport & Communication
Access to and use of new information and communication technologies and the development of community multimedia centre are two actions in the Mauritius Strategy that are already reflected in the Organization’s programmes and projects. High connectivity costs and distribution problems for print media are among the obstacles faced by Small Islands.
The main contribution of UNESCO to the implementation of Chapter X of the Mauritius Strategy comes through the work of its Communication and Information Sector (CI), which was established in its present form in 1990. Its programmes are rooted in UNESCO’s Constitution, which requires the Organization to promote the «free flow of ideas by word and image». In addition to its staff at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the CI Sector is represented in 27 UNESCO field offices.
The Communication and Information Sector consists of the Communication Development Division (CI/COM), the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace (CI/FED) and the Information Society Division (CI/INF).
The Sector also provides the secretariats for two intergovernmental programmes:
- The International Programme for the Development of communication (IPDC) plays a major role in media development. It is an important forum in the UN system designed to develop free and pluralistic media with a global approach to democratic development.
- The information for All Programme (IFAP) provides a platform for international policy discussion and guidelines for action on the preservation of information and universal access to it, the participation of all in the emerging global information society, and the ethical, legal and societal consequences of ICT developments.
- World Summit on the Information Society
- Media Development
- Media Development and the IPDC
- Media Education
- Community Multimedia Centres
- Connecting Island Communities: Nurturing Telecentre Initiatives in the Pacific
- Local e-Governance
- Languages in Cyberspace
- Preserving Documentary Heritage
- Memory of the World
- Information Literacy
- Freedom of Expression and Democracy
- Internet Discussion Forums
- Participation Programme
- UNESCO Focal Points for Communication and Information in SIDS Regions