Subseries - IFAP

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Name of creator

(Under diverse names and in different administrative set-ups since 1946)


Archival history

Numerous activities have been carried out in the past by UNESCO with a view to defining its place in the information society, particularly within the framework of the former General Information Programme (PGI) and the Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP).
The information revolution has resulted in an overlap of the two programmes which have been increasingly concentrating their activities in two main areas: firstly on content for the information society, and secondly on actions necessary to build "infostructure" for this evolving society through training, the establishment of information policies and the promotion of networking.

As of 1 January 2001, the Information for All Programme has been replaced the General information Programme and the Intergovernmental informatics Programme, according to Decision 3.6.1 taken at the 160th session of UNESCO's Executive Board.

Decisions leading to the creation of the Information for All Programme:

29th General Conference Resolution invites the Director-General "to convene the statutory meetings of the PGI Intergovernmental Council and the IIP Intergovernmental Committee, as well as those of their Bureaux, as joint meetings, in order to release funds for concrete activities in MemberStates and to establish the synergies necessary to adapt UNESCO's activities to the challenges of the information highways, thus enabling the 30th session of the General Conference to take a well-informed decision about a possible merger of these two intergovernmental programmes or any other appropriate solution." (Resolution 29 C/Resolution 28 (Paragraph 2.C.(f)).

30th General Conference approves Resolution 36 "New programme merging the General Information Programme (PGI) and the Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP)"(30 C/Resolution 36)

60th session of the Executives Board adopts decisions 3.6.1 on the "Replacement of the General Information Programme (PGI) and the Intergovernmental Informatics Programme (IIP) by a new intergovernmental programme" (160 EX/Decision 3.6.1)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Series includes all the records of the Information for All Programme:

  • resolutions
  • bureau meetings
  • council meetings
  • Outcomes and proceedings of thematic debates
  • Publication series
  • Public information
  • Evaluation and follow-up

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Series consists of administrative, operational and public files on any matters dealt with and published by the IFAP programme.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Further accruals expected

System of arrangement

Filing system not fixed yet.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Via the responsables of the programme

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

  • English
  • French

Script of material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Paper files, electronic files

Finding aids

File list available online

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

CI sector

Existence and location of copies

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Description control area

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Level of detail



  • English


  • Latin


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