Public Information and Outreach (PIO) Monitoring Report
The period from July-September 2017 began with the highly publicized meeting of the World Heritage Committee in July, during which seven Asia-Pacific sites were added to the World Heritage list. From 28-30 August 2017, Bangkok was the host of the UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum: Cracking the Code: Girls’ and Women’s Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). UNESCO Bangkok’s website and social media channels were the primary communications platforms for this international event, which drew attention from traditional and online media around the globe. Sadly, UNESCO Bangkok Director Gwang-Jo Kim passed away on 11 August. Remembrances in his honor appeared in the Bangkok Post and the Huffington Post, with links to them on social media drawing multiple tributes from those celebrating his legacy in Asia-Pacific education.
The well-attended launch of the Women Make the News – Thailand online database of Thai female experts at the UNESCO Bangkok office was among the highlights of the first three months of 2017. A campaign around the International Day of Happiness, 20 March, spanned both UNESCO Bangkok online channels as well as external channels, including an opinion-editorial piece by Director Gwang-Jo Kim and an article by UNESCO colleagues for the Global Partnership for Education’s blog. UNESCO Bangkok’s earlier debut contribution to the GPE Blog covered the importance of mother tongue based multilingual education following Mother Language Day, 21 February, which, as in previous years, was prominently featured in UNESCO and external media.