The meeting provided an opportunity to review the substantial progress achieved in 2017 in the six priority areas of information literacy, information preservation, information for development, information accessibility, information ethics and multilingualism in cyberspace.
The recommendations of the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Council for IFAP to intensify cooperation between the IFAP Council, Bureau, Working Groups, National IFAP Committees, the Secretariat, UNESCO Intergovernmental Bodies, as well as other partners were discussed. This cooperation should be oriented to enhance the achievement of IFAP’s objectives.
The participating Bureau members and heads of working groups reported on their activities and efforts regarding the main goals of IFAP. For example, the Russian Federation underlined the importance of multilingualism towards reaching the SDGs. The working group on MIL stressed the growing importance of this subject by accelerating technological innovations like Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. It was noted that professional and active participation of the Council and Bureau members and the strengthening of the Working Groups will improve results based on their commitment.
In an extensive debate among participants, the intention to involve a broad range of countries in IFAP activities and especially in the working groups was highlighted.
The visibility of IFAP activities was demonstrated through a number of articles and news items. In addition, further improvement of the web site, activities in countries, and increasing presence of IFAP Chair in international conferences and workshops were presented as additional achievements regarding IFAP results.
Suggestions were made for the preparation of the IFAP Council in June 2018 regarding the mandates of members and other items following the Annex I of General Conference document 39 C/70 on “Recommendations of working group on Governance, procedures, and working methods of the governing bodies of UNESCO”.
The Bureau also expressed its deep sorrow on the passing away last January of the CI Programme specialist and strong supporter of IFAP Dr. Hara Prasad Padhy. The commemoration remarks made by the IFAP Chair and by the IFAP Secretary were followed by a minute of silence.
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 an active participation of observers from the European Union, international NGOs, and the Member States Azerbaijan, Bahrain, El Salvador, Ghana, Hungary, Mexico, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, and Turkey.
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.