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UNESCO promotes media and information literacy within post-2015 development agenda

The European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2013), under UNESCO auspices, opens today in Istanbul (Turkey) to discuss current issues, recent developments, standards, techniques, challenges, theories and good practices on information literacy. The multi-stakeholder meeting brings together researchers, information professionals, media specialists, educators, policy makers, employers and all other related parties from around the world.

A keynote speaker at the Conference, Indrajit Banerjee, UNESCO’s Director of Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, presented a multi-dimensional strategy on media and information literacy (MIL). Mr Banerjee highlighted a vital role that MIL plays in achieving the post-2015 development agenda and its contribution in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on education, jobs and livelihoods, and good governance.

The Conference programme is composed of a range of thematic workshops, sessions and talks on information literacy and its role in lifelong learning. The issues related to theoretical linkages with other types of literacies, such as media literacy and digital literacy, will be discussed by prominent researchers working in the subject field.

The Conference is organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. 

More detailed information on the Conference and the list of speakers can be found on the ECIL website.