The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) met for its 27th meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 27 February 2017. The meeting provided an opportunity to review the substantial progress achieved in 2016 in the priority areas of information literacy, information preservation, information for development, information accessibility, information ethics and multilingualism in cyberspace. The meeting also addressed the future challenges for IFAP and its new draft Strategic Plan.
This strategic document will cover a five-year period (2017-2021) and will synergize with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the WSIS+10 review outcomes and the medium-term strategy of UNESCO.
In reflecting on the activities and projects implemented by IFAP during the past nine months since the last Council and Bureau meetings, Ms Chafica Haddad, IFAP Chair, underscored: "Our work during this past year has yielded better results and IFAP is now better recognized globally for providing leaderships in some of the key areas of knowledge societies including the Internet and Radicalization and Preventing Violent Extremism. We need to reinvigorate our efforts to achieve IFAP's mandate and priorities and make the interventions more meaningful. Our work is very important, as IFAP is the only intergovernmental programme focused on building inclusive knowledge societies.”
The meeting presented for endorsement the “The Call of Quebec”, the outcome document of the international conference on “Internet and the Radicalization of Youth: Preventing, Acting and Living together,’’ which was organized in Québec City, Canada, from 30 October to 1 November 2016. The Bureau acknowledged the important role of IFAP in the organization of this international conference and endorsed the “Call of Quebec” and recommended its submission to the next session of the General Conference in November 2017.
In addition, a Letter of Agreement was signed between UNESCO/IFAP and the NGO Electronic Village for partnership with IFAP. The agreement was signed by Mr Indrajit Banerjee, Secretary of the Information for All Programme, and Mr Mahmoud Youssef Khidr, Legal Advisor of Electronic Village.
The IFAP Bureau is composed of the following eight Member States: China, Ghana, Grenada, Peru, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sudan and Switzerland. Ms Chafica Haddad (Grenada) chairs the Bureau. In addition to Bureau members, the meeting attracted participation from a number of Member States and international NGOs.
The Information for All Programme was established in 2001 to provide a platform for international cooperation in the area of access to information and knowledge for the participation of all in the knowledge societies. IFAP focuses on ensuring that all people have access to information they can use to improve their lives.
Contact: Hara Prasad Padhy