IPDC 60th Bureau Meeting opens tomorrow

The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will hold its 60th Bureau meeting at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, on 17-18 March 2016. The goal of this meeting is to examine 59 new media development projects submitted to the Bureau and to decide on key aspects of the Programme, such as its action to promote the safety of journalists, to empower women through the media or to improve journalism education in the world. The Bureau will also analyze the impact of the 71 projects approved last year and implemented during the past few months.

Additionally, the Bureau will hold a debate on “Media and Migration”, which will be informed by the latest research on how the media are portraying the current refugee crisis across traditional and social media platforms. It will host leading experts, including those from media research institutions, UN agencies and academia. The debate has been organized as a response to this pressing issue, to clarify the roles of traditional and social media outlets in such an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and provide the IPDC Bureau with expert insight for future action.

The Bureau meeting will also discuss practical ways to further develop its unique UN monitoring mechanism on the safety of journalists and impunity issues.

Finally, the IPDC Bureau shall discuss future focus and priority areas for the Programme.

Algeria, Bangladesh, Peru, Poland, Denmark, Niger, Ghana and the Netherlands make up the members of the 2015-16 Bureau, as elected by the 39 Member State IPDC Council in November 2014.

The 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 more than US$ 105 million to over 1,700 media development projects in 140 countries.