Communication & Information

In the Communication and Information programme, UNESCO recognizes the power of information in building knowledge societies as knowledge and information impact on people's lives. UNESCO seeks to contribute to the transformation of economies and societies through increased access to, preservation and sharing of information and knowledge generally, but especially in fields of competence of UNESCO. Knowledge societies are built on four pillars: freedom of expression; universal access to information and knowledge; respect for cultural and linguistic diversity; and quality education for all. UNESCO has therefore put the following initiatives in place to achieve this: Open Access to Scientific Information, Open Educational Resources, Free Open Software Open Training Platform, Information and Media literacy.

UNESCO identified one strategic objective in the communication programme : Promoting freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge and several MLAs which include:promoting and enabling the environment for freedom of expression, press freedom and journalistic safety facilitating pluralism and participation in media and supporting sustainable and independent media institutions; promoting and enabling the environment of enabling universal access and preservation of information and knowledge.

Communication and information aims to promote access to information and communication technologies, free flow of ideas and universal access to information, promote express of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media.

Goal: To  promote the freedom of expression, media development and access to information and knowledge (for learning, governance and sustainable development)

Specific objectives:

  1. To promote the freedom of expression and access to information
  2. To promote and support media development
  3. To promote access to and preservation of information and knowledge     

In the communication and information programme achievements in the last decade include the following:

  • Trained radio journalists in local content development.  
  • Supported the implementation of the project "Preservation of Documentary heritage" in partnership with the National Library of Uganda and National Archives.  
  • Trained 150 journalists on freedom of expression using the UNESCO Tool-kit on the promotion of Freedom of expression. 
  • Participated annually in the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day    


  • Capacity building for media personnel promoted
  • Documentary heritage preservation promoted.
  • Freedom of expression promoted
  • In an effort to promote freedom of expression, UNATCOM held a press dialogue for journalists.

Ongoing Activity:

Freedom of expression and safety of journalists promoted

Under this output, UNATCOM plans to Train ICT Technical Institutions, Government Communication and Information Officers on FOSS and digital migration. It has also planned to celebrate World Press Freedom by engaging journalists in a press dialogue, hold a public lecture on the World Radio Day; and Train journalists on using UNESCO Freedom of Expression Toolkit in the Social Media.

Universal access and preservation of information and knowledge promoted

UNATCOM intends to Digitizing Uganda's documentary heritage through holding regional stakeholders consultative meetings and trainings, purchase the documentation equipment and design and launch a digital library.


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