UNESCO. Communication and Information Sector

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Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

UNESCO. Communication and Information Sector

Parallel form(s) of name

  • UNESCO. Secteur de la communication et de l'information

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Other form(s) of name

  • UNESCO. Communication Sector

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Description area

Dates of existence

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


The Communication and Information Sector (CI) was established in its present form in 1990.


The CI Sector is located in the Bonvin Building (access through 1, rue Miollis, 75732 Paris Cedex 15).
Besides its staff at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Sector is currently represented in 27 UNESCO field offices (June 2009).

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Functions, occupations and activities

Currently, the three principal strategic objectives of the Sector’s programmes are (as of June 2009):

  • Promoting the free flow of ideas and universal access to information
  • Promoting the expression of pluralism and cultural diversity in the media and world information networks
  • Promoting access for all to ICTs.

Since the beginning of its existence, the Sector and its predecessors carried out a wide range of different activities and functions. For more details, please consult the authority records linked to its collections.

Mandates/sources of authority

The mandate of the Communication and Information Sector is rooted in UNESCO’s Constitution, which requires the Organization to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image" (UNESCO Constitution, Article 1).

Internal structures/genealogy

The Sector in its present form (as of June 2009) consists of:

  • the Communication Development Division
  • the Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace
  • the Information Society Division.

It further provides the secretariats for two intergovernmental programmes: the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP).

Fur further information of theses and the former divisions and sections of the sector, please consult the authority records linked to its collections.

General context

Further information about the current activities, staff and programmes on the website of the <a href="http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=1657&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html">Communication and Information Sector</a>.

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Julia Pohle, June 2009. Revised by AWT 20/04/2011.




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