This consultation is now closed
Many thanks all contributors from over 50 countries for sharing your valuable knowledge, experience and perspectives in UNDP and UNESCO's global online consultation on the impact of, and responses to disinformation. The contributions from over 150 UN colleagues and other experts in this field will help to inform and sharpen UNDP and UNESCO’s responses to disinformation going forward. If you missed the opportunity, you can still participate by submitting your written contribution to Niamh.firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 13th November 2020.
With much gratitude to our excellent team of moderators:
Based on the results of this e-discussion, we will continue to sharpen our thinking through focussed consultations with key private sector actors, donors, UN and civil society organisations. The UNDP offer on information pollution will be drafted by early 2021 for further review and final inputs.
Welcome to this UNDP & UNESCO hosted public consultation on disinformation. Combating disinformation is becoming an ever more urgent concern for those working to build informed and inclusive societies.UNDP and UNESCO have launched this event to gather evidence, experiences and perspectives on the impact of, and effective responses to, this growing problem. This three-week exercise will result in sharpened understanding and interventions by each UN organisation, leading to stronger policy support, programming and partnerships.
We’re inviting researchers, UN agencies, civil society groups, policy makers, media professionals, peacebuilders, fact checkers, digital experts, activists and others tackling disinformation.
The speed and volume of disinformation over recent months has galvanised global opinion that coordinated action is urgently needed. This is a forum for diverse experts to come together to share knowledge, research and learning, and develop more holistic and evidence-based responses.
We invite you to contribute your perspectives and experiences in one or more of the engagement rooms below, which will remain open until 30th October. Add to ongoing conversations, or start a new one!
Through your insights, we aim to hone UNDP’s and UNESCO’s responses and develop strategic partnerships, while complementing and strengthening existing initiatives.
Tackling the challenge of disinformation is not new. A diversity of initiatives have been launched by both UN agencies, and externally, to address it. This consultation aims to capture and distil these experiences as well as encourage innovative perspectives and approaches, so that they inform UNDP’s and UNESCO’s organisational responses to disinformation, adaptable to different contexts and thematics.
Addressing information pollution is a component of the governance pillar of UNDP’s long-term COVID response, Beyond Recovery: Towards 2030. In early 2020, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) produced a guidance note to support country office responses to COVID-19 disinformation. UNDP OGC now seeks to expand this response into effective long-term and evidence-based programmatic and policy options.
- Terminology is still evolving in this field. For this consultation, we use a working definition of disinformation to refer to “false, manipulated or misleading content, created and spread unintentionally or intentionally, and which can cause potential harm to peace, human rights and sustainable development”.
While there are areas of overlap, this consultation is not specifically addressing hate speech and incitement, which raise further issues in their own right.
- UNESCO is a partner for this consultation.
- Contact email@example.com for more information and visit UNDP's Information Integrity page.
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