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IREX President Appointed to U.S. National Commission for UNESCO

IREX is pleased to announce that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently appointed IREX President W. Robert Pearson as a Commissioner of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. The US National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization is a Federal Advisory Committee to the Department of State that supports worldwide humanitarian development and values by coordinating efforts and delivering expert advice from the Federal, State and Local Governments and from Non-Governmental Organizations on issues of Education, Science, Communications and Culture.

President Pearson joins an impressive group of 60 Commissioners including leaders from non-governmental organizations, national, state and local governments.

 “I am deeply honored to join the U.S. Commission for UNESCO whose founding values to promote the rule of law, respect for human rights, and freedom of expression through international cooperation remain equally critical today to development,”  stated President Pearson on his appointment. "IREX’s 40 year history building a better world through excellence, innovation and thought leadership in education, civil society and independent media development is testimony to our strong support for UNESCO and its principles.  We look forward to the continuing work to enlarge freedoms and widen the global community dedicated to free expression of ideas.”  

IREX has been proud to cooperate with UNESCO over the years in the projects it implements in media, civil society, and education. Currently IREX is working with UNESCO and other organizations to prepare for the upcoming commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.

This year’s World Press Freedom Day conference will take place May 1-3 at the Newseum and National Press Club in Washington DC. It will feature innovative journalists, donors, and researchers who focus on digital media and the new opportunities—and threats—to freedom of expression that lie in the use of new technologies and social networks. The conference is organized jointly by UNESCO, the US Department of State, the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy, IREX, and the United Nations Foundation.