May 5 2014 - May 6 2014

Paris, France

"While the debates about the succession of the Millennium Development Goals are being held, the World Press Freedom Day offers the opportunity to highlight free media's central role in fortifying the post-2015 Development Agenda."

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) with an international conference at its headquarters in Paris, France, May 5-6 2014. The conference will focus on 3 interrelated issues: (i) the role of free media in strengthening good governance and effective institutions, (ii) the safety of journalists as a prerequisite element of the rule of law, and (iii) the issue of reporting and monitoring the progress of the sustainable development goals, including access to information.

WPFD, which is celebrated in about 100 countries globally on May 3 (annually), will in 2014 highlight the need to include freedom of speech and access to independent media and information in post-2015 sustainable development goals.

Click here for a draft conference programme [PDF].
Click here for more information and to register (visit the "Practical Information" tab and then, when there, click on "Register Now").