UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2017

WPFD 2017: ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies’

UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2017 JakartaFrom 1 to 4 May 2017, UNESCO will organize, in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian Press Council, its main celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May). At a time described by some as critical for journalism, World Press Freedom Day’s International Conference will examine how free and quality media are needed perhaps more than ever before to promote peaceful, just, inclusive societies, in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16. The Conference will provide a unique opportunity to highlight the central role that freedom of expression and the right to access information can play in the realization of the SDGs. The Concept Note for the conference can be found here.

In the evening of 3 May, the awarding ceremony of the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will take place. The Prize is intended to honour a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence or promotion of press freedom.

A series of pre-events will be organized by UNESCO partners on 1 and 2 May, building momentum ahead of the main event.

Dates:

· Main International Conference: 3-4 May 2017

· Pre-events: 1-2 May 2017

Venue: Balai Sidang Jakarta Convention Centre, Indonesia

Event website : http://en.unesco.org/wpfd

Contact persons :

· Saorla McCabe (UNESCO HQ ; s.mccabe@unesco.org)

· Ming Kuok Lim (UNESCO Jakarta Office ; mk.lim@unesco.org)