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Website Development Project Training, Honiara, The Solomon Islands, 17-18 May, 2013s

Six National Commissions for UNESCO in the Pacific Region are amongst the first recipients of technical assistance from the Korean National Commission for UNESCO to develop their National Commission website.

Gathering in Honiara, the Solomon Islands from 17 to 18 May, 2013, representatives from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Islands and Tonga familiarised themselves with website templates that had been developed in consultation with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and an IT Expert from the Sookmyeong Women’s University, Seoul. Participants also learnt basic concepts and techniques for editing, uploading and updating information.

The project targets to support sustainable operational capacity of websites in the Pacific region. It is an exciting development for Pacific National Commissions which often have a wealth of information and many good practices to share, but are somehow hindered by appropriate tools to disseminate the information.

In his opening address, the Chief of the Section of National Commissions, UNESCO Paris, Mr. Xiaolin Cheng, thanked and congratulated the Korean National Commission for UNESCO for organising and funding a very important workshop in collaboration with the Government of the Solomon Islands. He highlighted that it was very timely and supported the Draft Plan of Action recommended by the Open-Ended Tripartite Working Group on the Follow Up to the Review of UNESCO’s Cooperation with National Commissions which called for closer partnership amongst national commissions and for developed National Commissions to assist those less fortunate or less equipped.

The workshop ends on 18 May and it is expected that by June 20, 2013, the websites of participating national commissions will be fully operational.

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