United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) which seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, the science and culture. Its programs contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined in Agenda 2030. One of its mandates is to support and promote comprehensive action focusing on the role and functions of public service, including the concern on the safety of journalists to foster the freedom of expression in all platforms for everyone. UNESCO is giving recommendations to its member-states by taking advice from national and international organization concerned with the issue, in form of a draft resolution.
Impunity for Crimes against Journalist (Freedom of Expression on Mass Media)
Landmark resolution has been adopted in the last decade across the UN system condemning violence against journalists and advocating for a safer environment for journalists, which reinforced UNESCO’s mandate on protecting freedom of expression and press freedom around the world. However, the safety of journalists remains an urgent concern across all regions in which the number of journalists killed in a five-year period has increased substantially. At the same time, the trends in arbitrary detention, abduction, and torture are repeatedly growing in some regions, the digital safety of journalists is continued to be undermined by surveillance and hacking from the state and non-state actors, while online harassment, especially against women journalists, has been increasingly reported as well. This presents the significant challenges for freedom of expression and the safety of journalists; how a key stakeholder responds to these challenges will hold a major impact on this case.
Bioantika is a final year engineering student with more conferences and debating competitions under her belt than her scientific papers. Her MUN and Debating journey began since High School. Thence, she has been a debater, delegate, chair, committee, and secretariat. For her, MUN and debating have made her grown into a better rounded person and travelled to many new cities and countries. Outside of MUN, you can find her reading books and listening to music in the corner of any café she loved to visit, hitting the gym, or drinking (ofc water). She is very excited to welcome you to the UNESCO at President MUN 2019
Hiu Sau Ping is a President University first year student majoring in International Relations. Started MUN journey in 2018 at President Model UN as delegate, and started to join several MUN in Indonesia, and will be joining international MUN this year and interested to join more MUN in the future to further more enhance his skill in MUN. For him MUN is the great platform to learn and to meet the new peoples. Currently active in the substance division President MUN Club. As the chair in UNESCO, he look forward to see delegates with brilliant ideas in UNESCO chamber.
Caroline Augustine Atmojo is an Undergraduate Student of Public Health Nutrition of Universitas Indonesia. She is delighted to serve you as the assistant chair of UNESCO as we will be discussing about the controversy related to freedom of expression. Besides her academic stuff, MUN and journalism have always been a great platform for her to improve. In this council, she envisions a dynamic debate and diplomatic manner from each delegate. Above all, she wishes you the best of luck!