Preliminary proposals by the Director-General concerning the Draft Programme and Budget for 2012-2013 (36 C/5)

Major Programme V – Communication and Information

123. Reaffirms freedom of expression and universal access to information and knowledge as pillars of Major Programme V;

124. Recognizes the important role of Major Programme V in the follow-up to and implementation of the relevant World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) action lines;

125. Stresses the need to continue UNESCO’s efforts to bridge the existing digital and knowledge divide in the field of communication and information;

126. Encourages the Communication and Information Sector to continue its contributions to intersectoral activities;

127. Emphasizes the important role played by the two intergovernmental programmes, the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP) and its related Strategic Plan;

128. Further emphasizes the important role of the Memory of the World Programme for the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage;

129. Calls for increased attention to the relationship of media and youth, focusing, in particular, on building media and information literacy;

130. Emphasizes the importance of the use of ICTs, especially the Internet, to support the transfer of knowledge and to promote a culture of peace and non-violence;

131. Encourages Major Programme V to pursue its work in the area of multilingualism in cyberspace;

132. Underscores the importance of journalism education and professional standards to quality media;

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

133. Endorses the three priorities for UIS activities, namely improving the quality of data, reinforcing statistics and indicators on learning outcomes and strengthening statistics in science, culture and communication;

134. Requests UIS to continue to support Member States in developing national strategies and their capacity-building efforts;

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135. Invites UIS to present information and analysis on the dissemination and users of the statistics prepared;

136. Requests UIS to present the results of its Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP) and to prepare follow-up action;

Intersectoral platforms

137. Underlines the critical importance of UNESCO’s intersectoral activities in addressing contemporary issues in a problem-oriented and innovative mode;

138. Endorses the formation of intersectoral platforms in areas of convergence of different major programmes, which allow an exchange of ideas and a more flexible programme delivery, enhancing value and impact;

139. Takes note of the proposal by the Director-General to include in document 36 C/5 a reduced number of thematic and coordinating intersectoral platforms;

140. Suggests that the themes of the six proposed intersectoral platforms could be: (a) promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence (thematic platform);

(b) UNESCO’s contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation (thematic platform); (c) UNESCO’s contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS (thematic platform);

(d) UNESCO’s support to countries in post-conflict and post-disaster situations (coordinating platform); (e) UNESCO’s contribution to the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (coordinating platform);

(f) Priority Africa and its implementation by UNESCO (coordinating platform in line with the provisions of document 34 C/4);

141. Requests the Director-General to specify in document 36 C/5 for each platform compelling objectives, programmes, expected results and performance indicators, modalities of operation and financial allocations proposed;

142. Underlines the need to avoid overlaps and duplication and to monitor regularly the execution of the platforms’ activities, to ensure accountability and report on expected results, lessons learnt and obstacles encountered during implementation in the Director-General’s statutory reports;

143. Emphasizes the importance of integrated action by Headquarters, field offices and category 1 institutes in the work of the platforms; 144. Stresses that intersectoral platforms should seek engagement and cooperation with National Commissions and all of UNESCO’s partners and networks at the regional, subregional and national levels;

145. Highlights the need to promote a culture of intersectorality in the work of the Secretariat covering the Organization’s activities as a whole, and calls on the Director-General to ensure that intersectoral work will be proactively pursued on issues other than those covered by the intersectoral platforms;

Intersectoral and interdisciplinary programme of action for a culture of peace and nonviolence 146. Takes note of the proposals of the Director-General, the terms of 185 EX/PX/DR.7 and the discussions on item 17 in the PX Commission, in addition to the discussions held during the thematic debate of the Plenary and in the drafting group on document 36 C/5 at the 185th session, and requests the Director-General to prepare, based thereon, a consolidated draft action programme for a culture of peace and non-violence to be included in draft document 36 C/5, and to hold information meetings with Member States prior to the 186th session of the Executive Board;

147. Agrees to continue to consider the desirability of a new international decade.