Communication & Information
The programmes of the sector are rooted in UNESCO’s Constitution, which requires the Organization to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image”.
The Communication and Information Sector (CI) was established in its present form in 1990. Besides its staff at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the CI Sector is represented in 27 UNESCO field offices.
CI Sector consists of 3 divisions: the Communication Development Division; the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace; and the Information Society Division.
The Sector also provides the secretariats for two intergovernmental programmes: the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP).
In its work Sector aims three principal strategic objectives such as promoting the free flow of ideas and universal access to information, promoting the expression of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media and world information networks, promoting access for all to ICTs.
CI sector works on different programmes which include Access to Information, Capacity Building, Content Development, Freedom of Expression, Media Development and Memory of the World Programme.
Equitable access to information and knowledge, support to the development of communication sphere in Uzbekistan were defined as priority by Communication sector of UNESCO Tashkent office. In collaboration with local partners, Communication sector implement projects on enhancing the role of communication and information, such as:
- Promote the development of free, independent and pluralistic media and foster community participation in sustainable development through community media. In the context of this programme, UNESCO Tashkent office implements with the national partners the project on dissemination of and capacity building for the diverse content on sustainable development through educational soap operas in rural areas, and implementation of Silk Road Radio Project
- Fostering universal access to information and the development of info-structures. In the framework of this programme, the project “Fostering universal access to information through the conservation and documentation of historic archival materials” aims at digitization of printed materials and historic archives of glass negatives.
- Supporting the national efforts to create the environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media. Within this activity, UNESCO is carrying out trainings and workshops to strengthening capacity of local information professionals with focus on environmental issues, notably in Khorezm and Karakalpakstan, celebration of the World Press Freedom Day, etc.