The 31st Session of the IPDC Council will take place on the 21st and 22nd of November, 2018, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) was set up in 1980 as the only intergovernmental programme in the UN system mandated to mobilize international support in order to contribute to sustainable development, democracy and good governance by strengthening the capacities of free and independent media. Since its creation, IPDC has channeled around US$ 105 million to more than 1,700 media development projects in some 140 countries.
The IPDC’s Council is composed of 39 Member States elected by UNESCO’s General Conference, taking into account the need to ensure equitable geographical distribution and appropriate rotation. The Council, which is responsible for policy-making, guiding the planning and the implementation of the Programme; and approving priorities of the Programme, meets once every two years.
Some of the agenda items include:
- The election of a new chair, vice chairs and bureau members;
- The Director-General's report on IPDC activities;
- A discussion on adopting UNESCO's Internet Universality Indicators: A Framework for Assessing Internet Development;
- The Director-General's report on the Safety of Journalists and the issue of Impunity
- The external evaluation of the IPDC and follow-up to its recommendations, followed by discussion and decision;
- A Thematic Debate on Monitoring SDG indicator 16.10.2 (access to information), followed by discussion and decision
All the information regarding the 31st Council Meeting can be found here.
Observe the meeting via Webcast
Those not able to attend the session in person can watch the proceedings via the webcast, which will go live from 10h00 on 21 November.