UNESCO’s mandate

The 35th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO adopted the following priorities in the field of communication and information for 2010-2011:

  • promoting freedom of expression and information;
  • a potential creation for universal access to information and knowledge. The following main lines of activity are identified:
  • promoting freedom of expression and access to information;
  • strengthening of free, independent and pluralistic media and means of communication for sustainable development;
  • promoting universal access to information and knowledge and the development of infrastructures.  

One of the main UNESCO objectives in the field of communication and information is promoting the free flow of ideas and universal access to information, as well as contributing to the expansion of communication and information capacities of communities and citizens to enable them to effectively participate in a democratic society.

Russia's cooperation with UNESCO in the sphere of information and communication is designed to foster information and legal culture of our citizens in the global information society. In addition, the cooperation with UNESCO provides an opportunity to promote Russia's experience abroad, using Russia’s potential in the field of communication and information.

Significance for Russia:
• Russia's participation in UNESCO programs on communication and information makes it possible to obtain international expertise in providing wide access to information in the public domain, contributes to solving the problems of preserving the accumulated array of information, including the use of advanced information technologies, positively affects the formation of our country's modern regulatory framework consistent with internationally accepted norms and standards.