Nigeria has been given the mandate to host Global Information Literacy Week 2022 from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The decision was taken at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday in Paris, France, during a meeting of Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed with UNESCO Assistant Director-General for communication and information, Mr. Tawfik Jelassi.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by the Ambassador, Nigeria’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr Hajo Sanni, and other key UNESCO officials.
Jelassi said World Media and Information Literacy Week, commemorated annually, is a major opportunity for stakeholders to review and celebrate progress towards information and media literacy. for everyone.
“This is a five-day event with daily guest speakers, panel discussions, opening speeches from representatives of the political scene as well as academia.
“Other UNESCO commissions around the world and other Member States will also organize a week-long national event and we want to make it a global celebration,” he said.
The Assistant Director-General of UNESCO said that the 2021 edition of the event was held in October in South Africa.
He said the 2021 edition, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marked 10 years since the seeds of Global Media and Information Literacy Week were planted in 2011 in Fez, Morocco.
“This was long before the exponential rise in disinformation, political polarization, the growing influence of digital platforms and the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Mohammed appreciated the honor bestowed on Nigeria to host the world event next year.
“There is no better time to host the event than now, as we struggle daily against disinformation and fake news and how important it is to our government.
“We are committed to hosting the conference and we believe in it. There is no better place today in Africa to host this kind of conference than Nigeria because of the challenge of fake news and disinformation posed to politics.
“It will give the opportunity to the world community to know that the Nigerian media are free,” he said.
The minister said the government would work with relevant UNESCO bodies to find out what format the event will take.