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        General Assembly
9 February 2006

Original: English

Committee on Information
Twenty-eighth session
24 April-5 May 2006

Activities of the Department of Public Information

Report of the Secretary-General

The changes introduced by the Department of Public Information over the past four years as part of the Secretary-General’s reform initiatives have fundamentally changed the way the Department defines its mission and carries out its activities. The work of the Department is now driven by three strategic choices: achieving greater effectiveness in its communications work through targeted delivery, making enhanced use of the new information and communications technologies in all areas of its work and building an expanded grass-roots support base through partnerships with civil society organizations. The present report, prepared in response to General Assembly resolution 60/109 B, summarizes the key advances made in the past six months (from July 2005 to February 2006) in each of the above areas.

I. Introduction

1. In paragraph 9 of its resolution 60/109 B, the General Assembly took note of the proposals and actions of the Secretary-General to improve the effective and targeted delivery of public information activities, in accordance with the relevant resolutions and decisions of the Assembly, and requested the Secretary-General to report thereon to the Committee on Information at its twenty-eighth session.


B. Thematic communications campaigns


Question of Palestine

16. In addition to the promotion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the Department organized its annual training programme for Palestinian media practitioners. Ten young television and radio journalists, including six women, participated in the 2005 programme from October to December 2005 and received skills training in radio programming and television production. Working under communications professionals in the Department, each was able to file stories and interviews on the Palestinian issue from Headquarters, offering their listeners and readers a perspective that would not otherwise be readily available to them. In its 10-year history, the programme has helped improve the skills of 96 Palestinian journalists.

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Al-Jazeera television network, which broadcast a special report on the 2005 training programme, described it as “one of the most important opportunities available to young professionals from the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.



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