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Background Information

The Communication and Information Sector (CI) is one of the five sectors of UNESCO. It was established in 1990 and consists of two Divisions:

  • Freedom of Expression and Media Development
  • Knowledge Societies Division

CI Programmes are rooted in UNESCO's Constitution, which requires the Organization to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image. 

The sector also provides the secretariats for two intergovernmental programmes: the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and the Information for All Programme (IFAP). CI also participates in the Asia Pacific Information Netowrk (APIN).

The principal strategic objectives of the Sector's programmes are:

  • 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
  • Preserving documentary heritage

Working with all countries in Asia, the CI Unit accords priority to UNESCO Member States in the Bangkok Office cluster: Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Thailand.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Ms Misako Ito
Regional Adviser for Communication and Information
Email: m.ito@unesco.org

Ms Kannapat Kanpakdee
Administrative Assistant 
Email: k.kanpakdee@unesco.org


Partners and Networks

CI works in cooperation with the parent Sector in Paris, other UNESCO offices, especially in the Asia and Pacific region, and within the UNESCO Bangkok office in implementing intersectoral projects. In order to reach its aims CI collaborates with international organizations such as UNDP, ITU, and also with regional and national organizations such as AIBD, AIT and SEAPA.

International Organization

  • United Nations Development Programme - Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific Region- UNDP
  • International Telecommunication Union- ITU
  • Canal France International -CFI 
  • Stitching eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) - EIFL  
  • The World Conservation Union - IUCN 
  • Goethe Institute 

Regional Organization

  • Asian Institute for Broadcasting Development - AIBD
  • A long time partner of UNESCO is AIBD. It provides trainers and training materials to CI's media professional training courses.
  • Asian Institute of Technology - AIT
  • Collaboration with AIT is in the area of ICT applications for education, especially a pilot virtual university for the GMS region.
  • Asia Pacific Information Network - APIN
  • South East Asian Press Alliance - SEAPA
  • CI cooperates with SEAPA in promoting freedom of expression, in particularly the right to press freedom.
  • Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication - AIJC 
  • Asia – Pacific Broadcasting Union - ABU   

National and Local Organization

CI implements its programmes and projects in cooperation with beneficiary UNESCO Member States through their respective National Commission for UNESCO, designated focal points, leading communication and information institutions and academics, professional organizations, and local communities. Our collaboration with NGOs is still limited.