Promoting an enabling environment for freedom of expression in the Arab region. Building capacity of mass media institutions in Myanmar. Supporting media accountability in South East Europe and Turkey. These are just a few of the many projects UNESCO is leading worldwide thanks to voluntary contributions from development partners in support of freedom of expression.
In order to enhance visibility for these and other extrabudgetary projects, UNESCO has created a new website: “Working with Development Partners to Promote Freedom of Expression”.
Integrated into UNESCO’s main website, the new website provides information about 15 extrabudgetary projects whose descriptions can be accessed by beneficiary country, development partner and project title. The website also contains related news articles, publications and multimedia resources.
The website will be continually updated, and is expected to serve as a key resource for partners, beneficiaries and UNESCO Member States.
Created with initial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in the framework of the project “Promoting an Enabling Environment for Freedom of Expression: Global Action with Special Focus on the Arab Region” and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in the framework of the project “Promoting Freedom of Expression in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen”, the website contains information related to these two projects and more than a dozen others implemented in the Arab region and around the world.
“Development partners have been critical in strengthening the impact of UNESCO’s work in promoting freedom of expression at the national, regional and global levels,” said Sylvie Coudray, Chief of Section for Freedom of Expression. “We look forward to continuing our work with partners to advance our shared goals to enhance press freedom and freedom of expression worldwide in the months and years to come.”