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Finland supports Access to Information and free media through IPDC Talks

25 May 2018

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Pekka Puustinen, Permanent Delegate of Finland to UNESCO, and Moez Chakchouk, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, during the signing ceremony.
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Finland is injecting 70,000 US Dollars into the IPDC Talks, UNESCO’s main event to celebrate the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28 September 2018.

Permanent Delegate of Finland to OECD and UNESCO, Mr Pekka Puustinen, confirmed the financial support of 70,000 US Dollars in a signing ceremony with UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Mr Moez Chakchouk on 16 May. This year, Finland will be supporting three IPDC Talks in the Middle East and Northern African region, as part of the overall IPDC Talks programme being organized by the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

Finland has a longstanding record in supporting UNESCO’s work in the promotion of access to information, freedom of expression and the development of free and independent media in developing countries.

Since 2016, the IPDC Talks events, which last year took place in twelve different countries, are characterized by their highly dynamic and innovative format, inspired by the TEDx Talks, with charismatic, high-profile speakers who can demonstrate, with a simple but powerful story, the link between information and development. Past IPDC Talks speakers include personalities such as Tarja Halonen (former and first female President of Finland), Jeffrey Sachs (development economist) or Amy Goodman (one of US’ leading investigative journalists), to mention a few.

The twelve events combined last year attracted more than 700,000 viewers online and the hashtag #IPDCtalks became trending topic on Twitter in ten different countries, which demonstrates the high level of public interest in the right to information and how this impacts sustainable development.

This year, new speakers, including influential public leaders, community front-runners, policymakers, inspiring young entrepreneurs and journalists will present creative and innovative initiatives which, by fostering access to information, have contributed to making progress towards one or several SDG challenges in a country or region.

The IPDC Talks 2018 will take place in Tunisia (main celebration), Afghanistan, Colombia, the Gambia, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan and Palestine. In addition to the Finish contribution, the IPDC Talks are generously supported by the Netherlands and Lithuania.

To find out more about the IPDC Talks, how to attend an event or become involved in the online discussions, please visit the IPDC Talks website: https://en.unesco.org/ipdc-talks.