Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017: Message from Ms Irina Bokova

Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2017: Message from Ms Irina Bokova



excellencies ladies and gentlemen dear friends across the world women and men have more access to information than ever before this opens up vast new horizons to create and share knowledge to exchange to deepen dialogue this raises challenges also to empower women and men to make the most of new opportunities for the benefit of all based on human rights the key lies in critical thinking and this is why median information literacy and this global media and information literacy week are so important people speak of the rise of a generation of digital natives I believe we need new generation of digital citizens especially young women and men with the skills to critically evaluate verify use and contribute to transforming information into knowledge for the benefit of all this is essential for individual empowerment to build inclusive knowledge societies to prevent violent extremism to promote dialogue tolerance and human rights and to take forward the 2030 agenda for sustainable development unesco s' global media and information literacy week is the moment to raise this flag across the world under the theme of media and information literacy in critical times reimagining ways of learning and information environments in this period I wish to thank the government of Jamaica for its leadership the University of the West Indies and all our partners for their support in sending the message we share to mobilize the world for media and information literacy this has never been so vital thank you

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