UNESCO, the European Commission and the Latvian government are co-organising the Second European Media and Information Literacy Forum which will take place on 25-27 June in Riga.
Objectives of the Forum are:
- To describe the current situation of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) in Europe.
- To foster the creation of a framework for joint action in relation to Media and Information Literacy policies and strategies.
- To determine a co-operation between the European initiatives and other initiatives around the world.
- To further a common research agenda on MIL in Europe. This framework should allow a close co-operation between the action policies and the scientific and academic sector.
Peace building, human solidarity and war are all linked to the quality of the information environment (citizens, media, Internet, social media, libraries, citizens etc.) and the values it transmits. The new wave of extremism and gruesome terrorists’ attacks which persists in many regions of the world and more recently in Europe, and the unprecedented migration to Europe, underline the importance of media and information literacy competencies for the information environment. Media and information literacy empowers citizens with knowledge, skills and attitude to critically access information and media, to critically analyze information and media content, and to engage with media and other information providers for social, civic and creative purposes.
The Forum will be one of the key regional prepcom meetings leading up to the GAPMIL Global MIL Week features event, the Sixth Media and Information Literacy & Intercultural Dialogue Conference and the First GAPMIL General Assembly, 3-5 November 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Forum follows the First European Media and Information Literacy Forum (EU-MILINFO) held in 2014. The usefulness and desire for a collective ownership EMELINFO was reiterated in the First Coordination Meeting of the European Sub-Chapter of the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy held on 8 and 9 October 2015.