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We cannot keep the promises made in the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty and improve poor people's lives without recognising the essential role played by information and communication in development.

Promoting access to information and knowledge lies at the heart of UNESCO’s work. From capacity building for local journalists to information and media literacy, UNESCO recognises that the free flow of ideas is central to development and the promotion of peace.

Read more about UNESCO’s work in the field of communication and information by visiting UNESCO’s C&I homepage.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC) supports this vision of empowering people through the free flow of ideas by word and image.

From its long history of public service broadcasting to its more than 50 journalism training institutions, the UK has a wealth of expertise to support and strengthen UNESCO’s and UK Government’s work in these fields. The UKNC draws on this knowledge to undertake work in freedom of expression and the press, media and journalism development, public service media, media literacy, and archive preservation and access.

Read more about our work in these fields by selecting from the below list of topics.

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Press Freedom
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UNESCO is the only UN body with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom
Information Society
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Supporting the development of societies where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge
Memory of the World
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Promoting preservation of and access to the world's archive holdings and library collections
Media Capacity Building
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Capacity-building of local media professionals and training institutions as a way of enhancing democratic participation and good governance and improving access to locally relevant information and knowledge

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