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We regret to inform you that due to the rapidly evolving situation related to coronavirus, the 2nd Global Policy Forum, which was scheduled to take place from 12 to 13 May 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters, is now postponed until further notice.

We will keep you informed of any further developments, notably with regard to the new dates of the event.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Memory of the World Secretariat

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UNESCO, through its Memory of the World (MoW) Programme, started coordinating a series of Global Policy Forums supported by Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT), focusing on a strategically important aspect of documentary heritage.

This 2nd Forum aims to build the momentum towards articulating a global policy framework for disaster risk reduction and management as a means to sustainable preservation of documentary heritage.
The Forum is part of UNESCO’s strategic support to policy makers, memory institutions, and other stakeholders seeking to implement the UNESCO Recommendation concerning the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage including in digital form.

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Logo of the 1970 Convention
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The Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property will take place at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XI) on 25 and 26 May 2020.
This session will be organized on the basis of the functions assigned to the Subsidiary Committee by the Meeting of States Parties (art.14.6 of the Rules of Procedure of the Meeting of States Parties). In 2020, the theme will revolve around the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Convention.

The Committee is composed of 22 Member States of UNESCO elected by the General Conference at its ordinary sessions (this year it has 21 members). It meets in regular plenary session at least once and not more than twice every two years.
The 22nd session of the Committee aims to examine the follow-up to the recommendations adopted at the 21st session.

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 provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October 1966. Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.

More information on 2020 Literacy Day coming soon.

Since 1967, UNESCO has awarded International Literacy Prizes to outstanding and innovative programmes that promote literacy. Throughout the years, the prestigious Prizes have rewarded over 495 initiatives undertaken by governments and NGOs across the world.

The Prizes are awarded annually at an official ceremony on International Literacy Day (8 September).
Currently there are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards)
Established in 1989, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards)
Established in 2005, with the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration to literacy amongst adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.

Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.

The eleventh session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) is scheduled to be held in Room XI of Fontenoy Building at UNESCO Headquarters on 23 and 24 September 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Further information on the dates and venue may be shared considering ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The persons appointed by Member States as their representatives on the Council, now composed of 22 Member States, will be participating in this Council Session. According to Article 2 of the Council’s Statutes, representatives shall preferably be specialists in the fields covered by the Information for All Programme.

In accordance with Article 5 of its Statutes, the Council is responsible for guiding the planning and implementation of IFAP. In particular, the Council is required to consider proposals on the development and adaptation of the Programme; recommend the broad lines of action that the Programme could take; review and assess achievements; define the basic areas requiring increased international cooperation; promote participation of Member States in the Programme; and support all fund-raising efforts for its implementation.

The Statutes and the Rules of Procedure of the Council are linked here. The provisional agenda and the working documents for the session will be communicated to the Council by 23 August 2020. All other information material is available on the dedicated IFAP page on the UNESCO Portal, linked here.

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided. As per the Council’s Rules of Procedure, any participant may speak in a language other than the working languages on the condition that s/he provides for the interpretation of her/his speech into one of the working languages.

The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will celebrate it's 40th anniversary on 24 November 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room IV).

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 provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

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 provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.
Over the last 40 years, following the decisions and guidelines of the Intergovernmental Council and its Bureau, the IPDC has focused its projects on the most urgent priorities in communication development all around the world.The efforts of the IPDC have had an important impact on a broad range of fields covering, among others, the promotion of media independence and pluralism, development of community media, radio and television organizations, modernization of national and regional news agencies, and training of media professionals. IPDC has mobilized some US$ 120 million for over 2000 projects in more than 140 developing countries and countries in transition.

The meeting will take place in room X at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

An interpretation will be provided in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

An induction workshop is organized to introduce the IPDC Programme to newly-elected IPDC Bureau members at UNESCO Headquarters (Room VIII) on 27 November 2020. The International Programme for the Development of Communication (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 provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

Although efforts have been made to promote quality education for all, there has not been the transformation in educational systems nor policies needed to translate the promise of SDG4 into a reality.

The Seminar will provide a platform for dialogue and exchanges around policies and practices that are effective in promoting inclusion in education for learners with disabilties and learning difficulties.