10.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Tehran

Two new projects from UNESCO Tehran have been approved by IPDC

Two proposals from UNESCO Tehran Cluster countries have been approved by the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), along with other proposals, during the 57th IPDC Bureau meeting that took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, 20-22 March 2013. One of the two projects is the preparation of a draft of law on Right to Information in Pakistan which also emphasizes on the need to address the impunity in the attacks against journalists in the country, while the other project is in strengthening journalism education in three countries, namely Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The latter project is a continuation of workshops on the development of journalism curricula using UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education as one of the main references, organized in the three countries in 2011, on the development of journalism curricula using UNESCO’s Model Curricula for Journalism Education as one of the main references.

During its 57th meeting, IPDC Bureau has approved in total 63 projects in the field of media development, for a total sum of 890,340 US dollars. In addition, a special allocation was also set aside by the Bureau for the elaboration of a set of indicators on journalists’ safety.

Guy Berger as IPDC Secretary and Director of Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development of UNESCO says that IPDC is in a very good position to attract increased funding going forward. He also requests that UNESCO offices that will implement the approved projects are encouraged to explore creative ways that the grants made this year can attract further resources from other funding organizations that might be interested in supporting the projects.

The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The programme not only finances media projects that produce significant change using relatively small amounts of money; it also integrates these projects into a long-term strategy of human rights-based support aimed at expanding the space for freedom of expression and media pluralism in developing and post-conflict countries.

The multilateral modality of financial assistance provided by the IPDC represents an important alternative to bilateral support to the media. The aid provided is not associated to any particular donor and is therefore not perceived as compromising the integrity and independence of recipient media organizations, which are particularly sensitive to their credibility among their audience/readers.

More information regarding IPDC can be found at http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/intergovernmental-programmes/ipdc/homepage/

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