10.12.2013 - ODG

The Director-General in New York and Washington, 11-13 December

During this visit, Irina Bokova will participate in the informal event on the protection of journalists organized by France and Guatemala, under the presidency of the Security Council by France, and which will feature interventions by Ms Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and Mr Christophe Deloire, President of Reporters without Borders.

The meeting in "Arria" format, will bring together States, representatives of the United Nations, journalists and members of civil society. It will give an opportunity to share experiences of information professionals who perform their work in hardship conditions and dangerous situations and to take stock of the implementation of Resolution 1738 on the protection of journalists in armed conflict, adopted by the United Nations in 2006. The debate will also address freedom of expression, the freedom to inform and to be informed, as well as attacks on journalists in non-armed conflict situations.

By gathering various stakeholders in an informal setting, the meeting will provide the venue for an interactive exchange of views and ideas on how to increase their safety in the field in line with the UN Plan of Action on the safety of journalists. This is a UN-wide concerted effort coordinated by UNESCO, which invites UN agencies, funds and programs to work with Member States towards a provide a free and safe environment for journalists in both conflict and non-conflict situations.

The Director-General will also participate in a media event organized by the United Nations Foundation on UNESCO with the participation of senior journalists from The New York times, CBS, Associated Press, The Washington Post, Reuters, AFP, The Wall Street Journal, XINHUA, The Huffington Post, and Al Jazeera America amongst others.

During the visit, the Director-General will hold bilateral meetings with UNESCO’s institutional partners, UN senior officials as well as with senior officials in the U.S. Department of State, in New York and in Washington.




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