UNESCO Announces Uruguay as Host for WPFD 2022, Invites Inputs from Stakeholders

Audrey Azoulay
Director-General of UNESCO

The United Nations Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has announced that the 2022 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) Global Conference will be hosted by Uruguay, and is calling for inputs from stakeholders into the agenda for the Conference billed to hold from May 2 to 5, 2022 in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital.

Announcing the dates for the Global Conference, UNESCO and Uruguay invited people to mark the dates in their calendars encouraging them to participate.

This year’s theme, Journalism Under Surveillance, will focus on how recent developments in technological means of monitoring and surveillance impact freedom of expression, the safety of journalists, access to information and privacy.

The World Press Freedom Day 2022 Global Conference will bring together policymakers, award-winning journalists, media representatives, specialized NGOs, activists, stakeholders in the field of AI and ICTs, and legal experts to explore and develop concrete solutions to current and emerging challenges to press freedom and privacy. 

It will take place in a hybrid format, but – conditions allowing – the host country hopes to see participants in person in the spectacular scenery of Punta del Este, Uruguay, saying its ambition is to bring the global World Press Freedom Day community back together to network and share during the conference and beyond.

The organisers say they develop the detailed agenda of the conference, they highly welcome input from around the world and encourage people to make their input by filling its survey.

The Government of Uruguay said it is happy to share that on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, it will offer to international participants a cultural gala in Montevideo, and a field trip to the Historic Quarter of the City of Colonia del Sacramento, inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The organisers have promised that more updates will follow in the coming weeks and months and that they look forward to welcoming the world to the 2022 World Press Freedom Day conference.