A series of workshops devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Armenian journalists were held in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, from 7 to 10 October 2008. The events were organized jointly by the Social and Human Sciences Sector and the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO, the UNESCO Moscow Office, the Armenian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Bioethics Committee of the Republic of Armenia and the Armenian Union of Journalists.

The agenda included the following:

  • A training workshop on “Bioethics, Human Rights and Mass Media”. Its main goals were to promote human rights, popularize ethical norms, standards and the main principles of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights adopted by UNESCO among the journalists' community in Armenia, as well as initiate a public debate on bioethical issues and integrate bioethics in the agenda of mass media in the country.

  • A series of roundtables in the form of discussions on the universal importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the significance of realization of its principles, as well as different aspects of human rights, including gender equality, freedom of the press, ethics and tolerance in mass media.

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