The Netherlands support Safety of Journalists and Access to Information through UNESCO’s IPDC

19/06/2018

The Netherlands is providing 373,000 Euros to the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) to foster the Safety of Journalists and Access to Information.
 
Permanent Delegate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr Lionel Veer, confirmed the financial support of 373,000 euros in a signing ceremony with UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Mr Moez Chakchouk on 18 June.
 
The Netherlands will be injecting almost 100,000 Euros into the IPDC Talks, an event marking the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) in 10 different countries. The 2018 IPDC Talks will provide a platform to promote and highlight concrete examples of innovative and creative Access to Information-initiatives that facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
In addition to this, the Netherlands is providing more than 160,000 Euros for the establishment and/or reinforcement of national monitoring mechanisms on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, continuing in this way with the support provided last year to countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan.
 
The remaining 100,000 Euros are intended to support IPDC projects in developing countries to contribute to develop free and independent media, increase access to information and gender equality, and promote the safety of journalists.
 
The Netherlands has a longstanding record in supporting UNESCO’s work in the freedom of expression and media development field.
 
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 not only 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.