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Committee: UN Commission on Science and Technology


Topic: International Newsflow Imbalance


Signatories: Algeria, United States, Colombia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Portugal, Republic of Korea, and Spain


The Economic and Social Council,


Noting its Resolution A/36/89 of 16 December 1981, “The Declaration on Fundamental Principles Concerning the Contribution of the Mass Media to Strengthening Peace and International Understanding,”


Noting further Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to...receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers,”


Recognizing that the problem of newsflow imbalance is that two-way information among countries of a region is either nonexistent or insufficient and information exchanged between regions of the world is inadequate,


Realizing the need for all sovereign nations to maintain their integrity and still play an active role in the international system,


1. Recommends that a three-level information interchange system be established on the National, Regional, and International levels to ameliorate the current problems of newsflow imbalance, operating as follows:

a) Each region’s member nations will report their national information and receive the information of other nations in their region from the regional level of this interchange system;

b) Nations will decide the character of the newsflow media best suited to the need of their sovereign territory, be this printed, audio, or audio-visual;

c) Regional News Gathering Agencies will serve to gather information from the nations in their region, and these boards will have no editorial discretion and will serve to forward all information to the International Board;

d) Each regional agency will be composed of representatives from every member nation of the region;

e) The primary function of the International Board will be to translate information accumulated from the regional news gathering agencies;

f) The secondary purpose will be to transmit all information gathered back to the member nations via the regional news gathering agencies;

g) In order to expedite the transfer of information from the international to regional level the International Board will utilize a UN frequency on an EEC (European Economic Community) satellite;


2. Urges the establishment of the University of International Communications, with main branch in Geneva, Switzerland, and additional branches located in each of the aforementioned regions, to pursue the following aims:

a) The University and branches will be established with the express purpose of bringing together world views and facilitating the transfer of technology;

b) All member nations of the United Nations will be equally represented at the University;

c) Incentives will be offered to students of journalism and communications at the University to return to their countries to teach upon completion of instruction;

d) The instructors of the regional education centers will be comprised of a multi-partisan coalition of educators from throughout the world;


3. Calls for the continued use of funds from the International Program for the Development of Communications, Special Account, UNESCO, the UNDP, and other sources of funding including national governments and private donors;


4. Further recommends that the distribution of funds be decided by the IPDC.

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