Actions to Support Media, Enhance Access to Information, and Leverage Digital Technologies in the Fight Against the Pandemic

Date of Publication
2020

UNESCO is the UN agency with a specific mandate to promote “free flow of ideas by word and image”. It welcomes the immense efforts of communication and information communities to tackle the current COVID-19 crisis, including:

  • sharing lifesaving information, debunking misinformation,
  • strengthening the implementation of the fundamental right to information,
  • leveraging the use of public interest media, ICTs and OER for e-learning, and connecting people online.

UNESCO is closely monitoring the impact of this crisis on media freedom, safety of journalists, and the fundamental right to access information.

In a context of unprecedented challenges for the media and digital technology sectors, UNESCO has created a “resource center” of selected responses to COVID-19.
It includes a collection of examples of actions related to communication and information made available for the purpose of:

  • Sharing practices
  • Identifying priorities
  • Facilitating partnerships
  • Amplifying good practices
  • Providing advice and technical assistance to governments and relevant national stakeholders
  • Fostering North-South, South-South, and triangular cooperation

This "clearing house" provides a non-exhaustive list of illustrative examples. It will continue to evolve with the COVID-19 pandemic and the quick development of responses.