Governance of the IPDC

The Intergovernmental Council of the IPDC is composed of 39 member states elected by UNESCO's General Conference and formally meets once every two years. The Council elects amongst its members a Bureau, which meets every year and is composed of a Chairperson, six Vice-Chairpersons and one Rapporteur.
Last update: 23 September 2022

Composition of the Intergovernmental Council of the IPDC

As of the 41st General Conference of UNESCO.

Regional GroupsFrom 2019-2023From 2021-2025
Group IAustriaFrance
DenmarkSweden
Finland
Netherlands
Turkey
Group IIAzerbaijanCzechia
LatviaLithuania
Russian Federation
Group IIIArgentinaColombia
BrazilCuba
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesDominican Republic
Uruguay
Group IVMalaysiaKazakhstan
Mongolia
Pakistan
Philippines
Republic of Korea
Group V (a)Côte d'IvoireNamibia
GambiaTogo
Kenya
Madagascar
Nigeria
Senegal
Zambia
Group V (b)LebanonOman
TunisiaQatar
Role And Responsibilities Of

The Council

  • elected by UNESCO's General Conference ;
  • composed of 39 Members States of UNESCO, taking into account the need to ensure equitable geographical distribution and appropriate rotation ;
  • composed of Member States representatives that shall preferably be specialists in the fields covered by the IPDC. 

Its responsibilities are : 

  • Policy-making;
  • Approving priorities of the Programme ;
  • Ensure alignment with UNESCO's programme priorities ; 
  • Defining the basic areas requiring increased international cooperation ;
  • Approving an appropriate system of financing for the Programme in order to secure the necessary resources for the benefit of those requesting assistance from the Programme.

Composition of the IPDC Bureau

As of the 41st General Conference of UNESCO.
Ms. Anna Brandt
Chairperson of the IPDC

 

Ambassador and head of Permanent Delegation of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO

Mr. Peter Denk
Rapporteur

 

Executive Producer - TV Current Affairs at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation

Deputy Chairperson  - Editors Forum of Namibia

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Dominican Republic
Vice-Chair
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Lebanon
Vice-chair
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Madagascar
Vice-Chair
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Mongolia
Vice-Chair
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Netherlands
Vice-Chair
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Russian Federation
Vice-Chair
Role And Responsibilities Of

The Bureau

  • elected amongst the Members of the Intergovernmental Council ;
  • composed of a Chairperson, Six Vice-Chairpersons and a Rapporteur on the basis of equitable geographical representation and rotation ; 
  • composed of representatives of Member States of UNESCO that shall preferably be specialists in the fields covered by the IPDC. 

Its responsibilities are :

  • select and approve submitted projects ; 
  • allocate funds from the Special Account ;
  • approve IPDC's provisional budget ;
  • plan the organization of work of the Council session.

IPDC Secretariat

Provided by the Director-General of UNESCO, it provides the necessary services for the sessions of the Council and meetings of the Bureau. The Secretariat assembles suggestions and comments made by Member States of UNESCO and the international organizations concerned. 

It manages the bodies’ meetings and documentation, as well as the organization and oversight of  grassroot project calls, securing the Programme’s visibility and promoting fundraising strategies. 

The Secretariat coordinates and delivers on UNESCO’s Journalism Education initiatives and special allocations on emerging media policy issues such as Media Viability. 

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