Building peace in the minds of men and women

UNESCO House

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 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.

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.