Japan and the Information for All Programme (IFAP) of UNESCO


Japan is one of the donor countries that have been supporting the Information for All Programme (IFAP) since its creation.


The Information for All Programme of UNESCO provides a framework for international cooperation in the following fields:


- promotion of universal access to information (particularly in developing countries)

- safeguarding of data

- ethical, legal and social implications of the development of new technologies. (more about IFAP)


Japan is taking an active part in various concrete actions such as the First Language Observatory Workshop “Scanning Cyberspace for Languages Diversity”* which was held in Nagaoka, in February 2004, within the framework of the International Mother Language Day. An online observatory of languages, aiming at collecting information on the representativeness of languages on the internet, was created on this occasion.

(*link to an article in French only)


The Japanese National Committee for IFAP can be contacted through the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO.





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