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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/63/180
28 July 2008

Original: English

Sixty-third session
Item 49 of the provisional agenda*
Information and communication technologies for development


Communication for development programmes in the United Nations system

Report of the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 50/130, including the recommendations of the tenth United Nations Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication
for Development

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General hereby transmits the report of the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 50/130.


Summary
The present report has been prepared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and is being submitted to the General Assembly at the sixty-third session pursuant to Assembly resolution 50/130, as well as resolution 51/172 which, inter alia stressed the need to support two-way communication systems that enabled dialogue and that allowed communities to speak out, express their aspirations and concerns and participate in the decisions that related to their development.

The text presents the engagement of United Nations organizations in the implementation of communication for development programmes and inter-agency collaborative mechanisms for effective and integrated follow-up of related actions.

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* A/63/150.




Contents
Paragraphs
Page
I.
Introduction
1-2
3
II.
Tenth United Nations Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development
3-17
3
III.
Communication for development in the current United Nations context
18-33
6
IV.
Collaborative action among United Nations agencies, programmes and funds
34-56
8
V.
Actions undertaken by United Nations agencies, programmes and funds .
57-91
12
VI.
Collaborative action of United Nations organizations with civil society
92-94
21
VII.
Conclusions and recommendations
95-99
22


I. Introduction

1. In its resolution 50/130 the General Assembly recognized the important role of communication for development programmes in the United Nations system in enhancing the transparency of system-wide coordination within the United Nations system and also recognized the need further to facilitate inter-agency cooperation and to maximize the impact of the development programmes. The Assembly requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in accordance with that agency’s mandate in the field of communication and with resolution 4.1, adopted by the General Conference at its twenty-eighth session, to report to the Assembly at its fifty-first session on the implementation of the resolution and on a biennial basis thereafter.

2. On the basis of this mandate, this report presents the engagement of United Nations organizations in the implementation of communication for development programmes as well as inter-agency collaborative mechanisms for effective and integrated follow-up of related actions.

II. Tenth United Nations Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development

3. Representatives of the United Nations Secretariat, specialized agencies, funds and programmes, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/Development Assistance Committee (DAC), as well as academics, practitioners and other experts in the field of communication for development1 contributed to the review of the existing communication for development coordination arrangement at the tenth United Nations Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development. The Round Table was hosted by UNESCO from 12 to 14 February 2007 in Addis Ababa.
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1 The list of participants is available at: www.unesco.org/webworld/media_development/10th_roundtable.

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IV. Collaborative action among United Nations agencies, programmes and funds

Creating enabling environments and giving voice

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38. Sector-specific, ad hoc communication for development practice responds to, for example:

(a) Reconstruction of refugee camps in Lebanon (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA));

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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees
in the Near East

88. The highly charged political context in which UNRWA operates poses significant challenges to the Agency’s communications strategy. The Spokesman’s Office, in coordination with the Office of the Commissioner-General, shapes messages to key audiences: refugees, the wider public through the five offices where UNRWA works, the parties to the conflict, host Governments, donors and regional and international audiences. It works with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process to coordinate messaging and organize media campaigns led by specific agencies, for example, UNICEF is leading the joint inter-agency communications campaign around back to school at the start of the school year and the WFP is leading the campaign on food insecurity. UNRWA takes the lead on World Refugee Day.

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VI. Collaborative action of United Nations organizations with civil society

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94. Examples of collaboration with civil society include the following:

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(iii) UNRWA meets regularly with civic society and refugee organizations in the five field areas in which the Agency works to coordinate communications and messaging. In the Gaza Strip, UNRWA enjoys a close working relationship with a broad range of civil society organizations, human rights groups, charities and development agencies. In Lebanon, the reconstruction of the Nahr el Bared refugee camp has necessitated widespread consultation with local and national civil society organizations on communications as well as all aspects of development programming.

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