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Communication and Information Sector


Communication and Information Sector

Giving power to the peoples by guaranteeing the free flow of ideas, access to information and knowledge
The Information and Communication Sector (CI) was founded in 1990. Its programmes are inspired by the Organization’s Constitution which pursues “the free flow of ideas through word and image”.  UNESCO strives to foster the independence and pluralism of the communication and information tools, in order to promote freedom of expression and to contribute to the spreading of human rights and peace.

The pluralism of the media is essential to allow each individual to make his own free choices. For this reason, UNESCO recently contributed to creating the “Community Media” and focuses on gender equality in the sector.

The main programme of the CI sector, the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), is the only multilateral UN forum to have been created with the purpose of fostering the international community’s reflection upon how communication tools work in Developing Countries.

The Intergovernmental Programmme Information for All (IFAP) was created in 2000, in order to strengthen UNESCO’s mission aiming at guaranteeing a better access to information, leading to equitable societies.