World Press Freedom Day International Conference
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris (5-6 May 2014)
Every year, the World Press Freedom Day, which falls on 3 May, reminds us the need to create a free, independent and pluralistic media environment. This year’s celebration focuses on the global theme “Media Freedom For A Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda”.
The conference itself will focus on the interrelated issues of the role of free media in strengthening good governance and sustainable development, the safety of journalists as a prerequisite element of the rule of law, access to information and transparency. World Press Freedom Day is a global celebration and provides a platform to contribute to the debate and to emphasize the importance of media in strengthening the post-2015 Development Agenda. Freedom of expression and of the media are both fundamental rights, as well as enablers of many goals relevant to the Development Agenda. As the High-Level Panel on the post-2015 Development Agenda noted: “freedom of speech helps drive development and has its own intrinsic value. It is both a means to an end and an end in itself.”
Dates: 05/05/2014- 06/05/2014
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