LV | RU
AAA

UNESCO
Latvian National Commission
Reg. No. 90000089305
Pils laukums 4 – 206,
Rīga, LV 1050
Phone: +371 67 325 109
Fax: +371 67 222 762
E-mail: office@unesco.lv
latvijas dargumi

Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum

 
When: Monday, 27 June 2016 to Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Where: Riga, Latvia
 
Peace building, human solidarity and war are all linked to the quality of the information environment (citizens, media, Internet, social media, libraries, citizens etc.) and the values it transmits. The new wave of extremism and gruesome terrorists’ attacks which persists in many regions of the world and more recently in Europe, and the unprecedented migration to Europe, underline the importance of media and information literacy competencies for the information environment. Media and information literacy empowers citizens with knowledge, skills and attitude to critically access information and media, to critically analyze information and media content, and to engage with media and other information providers for social, civic and creative purposes.
 
UNESCO, European Commission, the government of Latvia, and the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) are organizing The Second European Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Forum. It follows the First European MIL Forum held in 2014, in which the Paris Declaration on Media and Information Literacy was adopted and it was decided to hold a new meeting every two years. This forum will be one of the key regional prepcom meetings leading up to the GAPMIL Global MIL Week features events, Global MIL Conference and GAPMIL First General Assembly, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  
 
The forum will bring together NGOs, researchers, information and media professionals, educators, development organizations, private sector organizations including social media, governments and policy makers, libraries and audiovisual authorities etc., who have undertaken significant actions to diffuse media and information literacy to citizens. Yet there exist opportunities for greater synergies that could result in magnified impact of the collective efforts to achieve media and information literacy for all, so the aim of the forum is to foster the creation of a framework for joint action in relation to Media and Information Literacy policies and strategies in order to achieve the cooperation between the European institutions, organizations, corporations, and civil society and professional organizations.
 
The Forum has the following objectives:
1. To describe the current situation of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Europe: documenting progress reached towards its implementation, identifying the main active projects, and highlighting the most important challenges.
2. To foster the creation of a framework for joint action in relation to Media and Information Literacy policies and strategies in order to achieve the cooperation between the European institutions, organizations, corporations, and civil society and professional organizations.
3. To determine a co-operation between the European initiatives and other initiatives around the world. 
4. To further a common research agenda on MIL in Europe. This framework should allow a close co-operation between policy makers and the scientific and academic sector.
 
Additional information can be found here.