UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

History

The UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity is the result of a process that began in 2010 upon request of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

The UN Plan of Action was prepared during the first UN Inter-Agency Meeting on this issue in September 2011, convened by the Director-General of UNESCO at the request of the IPDC Intergovernmental Council. On 12 April 2012, it was endorsed by the UN Chief Executives Board, the highest level coordination mechanism in the UN system. Consequently, a second UN Inter-Agency meeting took place in November 2012 where a comprehensive Implementation Strategy was adopted. The strategy included over 120 concrete actions that could be taken on the protection of journalists and its related issues.

The Implementation Strategy served as the basis for the review process which took place during the third.UN Inter-Agency meeting, which was held in November 2014 in concurrence with the inaugural International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The meeting reviewed the implementation of the UN Plan of Action from 2013 to 2014 including the successes, challenges, lessons learnt and the way forward.

On 29 June 2017, a Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on Strengthening the Implementation of the UN Plan of Action took place in Geneva, Switzerland to take stock of developments and best practices of the first five years of the implementation of the UN Plan of Action. The Outcome Document of this meeting lists a variety of possible options for specific stakeholders to enhance the impact of the UN Plan of Action. A comprehensive report that details the key achievements, challenges and lessons learnt of the UN Plan of Action's first five years can be consulted here.