MEDIA STATEMENT 

It’s official. WHK+30 Declaration adopted by global consensus 

Today the 193 member states attending the 41st session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) General Conference adopted, by acclamation, the Namibian government’s proposed resolution (41 C/COM.CI/DR.1) which calls for the adoption of the Windhoek+30 Declaration on Information as a Public Good.

The resolution further requested the Director-General of Unesco to ensure that support is given to activities that will facilitate the achievement of the goals of this declaration.

In their comments on the draft declaration, member states thanked Namibia for its timely intervention at a time when there is a noted decline in press freedom globally. They particularly applauded the declaration for its recommendation on developing national media literacy action plans, its emphasis on the safety of journalists, and the prominence it gives to the supply, transmission, and reception of information as a public good.

The Windhoek+30 Declaration was adopted in Namibia on 3 May 2021 and marked the 30th anniversary of the seminal 1991 Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press. The declaration elaborates on critical new and historic challenges to freedom of expression which requires concerted global action by all stakeholders and calls for a renewed global commitment to freedom of expression, press freedom, and freedom of information. Importantly, it also contains recommendations on promoting transparency and accountability in internet companies.

The Namibia Media Trust is profoundly proud of our government’s commitment to the promotion of press freedom, freedom of expression and access to information – elements that are critical to the achievement and sustainability of our development goals.

We appeal to all UNESCO member states to commit to the implementation of the declaration so that the promotion of a free, independent and pluralistic media becomes the norm, not the exception.

May the spirit of ‘Windhoek’ live on!

Zoé Titus

Director

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