Communication and Information

@ BHN Association - Distribution of Solar Powered Radio to villagers in Ratanakiri province, Cambodia

Since the beginning of the reform era in 1991 with the Paris Peace Agreement, a United Nations-supervised national election was held with the establishment of Cambodia’s new Constitution in 1993. During this time, the media and information environment in Cambodia started to open up. From the time when UNESCO reopened its country office in 1991, the agency has focused its action on the promotion of freedom and empower­ment of the people through access to information and knowledge.

With the establishment of its Communication and Information Section (CI) since 1994, UNESCO Phnom Penh Office has assisted the country in working towards a free and open press and media in the country through training programmes. As UNESCO CI bases its works on the promotion and defence of human rights and basic freedoms, our pro­grammes aim to raise awareness of freedom of expression and freedom of information.

Freedom of information is the cornerstone on which democratic societies are built. In­dependent, free and pluralistic media have a crucial role to play in the good governance of democratic societies by ensuring transparency and accountability, promoting partici­pation and the rule of law, and contributing to the fight against poverty.

UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh focuses its attention not only on the promotion of hu­man rights and the development of media, but also on providing and strengthening communication and information facilities at the local community level. In addition to the regular programme, the Communication and Information (CI) Unit implements vari­ous projects in collaboration with other UN agencies, with international and national non-governmental organizations (NGO), public institutions and the local authorities.

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