UNESCO's role in Communication & Information

The UNESCO Communication and Information (CI) Sector was established in 1990 and has the following three principal strategic objectives:

  • promotion of free flow of ideas and universal access to information
  • promotion of expressions of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media and world information networks
  • promotion of access for all to information and communication technologies (ICTs)

Following a recent reform, the Sector is now made up of two divisions:

  • Freedom of Expression and Media Development  (FEM) - implements activities that promote the free flow of information;
  • Knowledge Societies Division – responsible for the coordination of UNESCO’s overall contribution to the follow up of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

UNESCO’s Communication and Information (CI) Sector co-ordinates two intergovernmental programmes: the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP).