Peter Ankomah, Deputy Editor of The Daily Dispatch. © UNESCOPeter Ankomah, Deputy Editor of The Daily Dispatch. © UNESCO In a gesture of solidarity by an African news organization, Allied News Ltd of Ghana made a symbolic contribution to the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). This was announced yesterday by Peter Ankomah, Deputy Editor of The Daily Dispatch – a newspaper in the Allied News Ltd stable.
Ankomah made the announcement during the ongoing IPDC Bureau meeting at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

He explained: “We recognize the importance of the IPDC in building journalists’ capacity in elections reporting. We thus consider our contribution as part of our effort at building a partnership with the Programme”.

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UNESCO 70th Anniversary Medals

On 27 February, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, presented the UNESCO 70th Anniversary Medal to the President of the Republic of Rwanda, HE Mr Paul Kagame, to the President of the Carlos Slim Foundation, Mr Carlos Slim Helú, and to the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Mr Houlin Zhao, of before the assembled Member States of UNESCO. The award was made in recognition of their leading contribution to harnessing new ICTs for the benefit of all.

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Constance Swanikier

8th March marks International Women’s Day. 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing. As part of activities commemorating this important occasion, an art exhibition will be held at UNESCO from the 6th to the 13th of March, 2015. The event aims to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women across the globe. An artist from Ghana will represent the Sub- Saharan African region. Constance Swaniker, a celebrated sculptor and entrepreneur based in Accra will showcase eight thought provoking pieces highlighting issues that have had an impact on her life, environment and community.

Ms. Swaniker comes from a very diverse background having lived in Ghana, The Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. She studied her craft at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and is a successful entrepreneur and managing director of her own metal work company, Accents and Arts in Accra, Ghana. Her works can be found in upscale hotels, offices, diplomatic missions and private homes around the world. She has won many accolades and awards including “Outstanding Industrial Metal Furniture Firm in Ghana Award" by wAi Africa, The Network Journal Africa under Forty 2010 Achievement Award, Best Entrepreneur SME Innovation Award 2010, VLISCO Be Your Dream Award-2013, Metal Product of the Year 2013 and Regional & Country Winner, Africa’s Most Influential Women in Leadership and Governance-2014. Constance Swaniker's atelier is situated in a deprived area of Accra and in 2013 she was presented with a community service award from its traditional ruler for bringing economic regeneration to the area and giving new skills and jobs to the unemployed youth.

Ms. Swaniker is a stellar example of how a passion can be turned into a successful livelihood. A dedicated mother of two boys, she aspires to being a role model for women and inspiring the youth to live their dreams no matter the challenges.

Contact: Ms. Constance Swaniker, Accents & Art Limited. Website URL:

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Embassy of Ghana, Paris, 24thth February 2015


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H.E Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier (centre) with the newly-elected Rapporteur, Mrs. Diana Heymann-Adu (first right) and the newly elected Chair of the IPDC, Ms Albana Shala of the NetherlandsH.E Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier (centre) with the newly-elected Rapporteur, Mrs. Diana Heymann-Adu (first right) and the newly elected Chair of the IPDC, Ms Albana Shala of the Netherlands A female Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Mrs. Diana Heymann-Adu has been elected to serve as rapporteur on the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC).

She was unanimously elected during the 29th session of the Council held at the Headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, France on 20th and 21st November, 2014. Mrs. Heymann-Adu will serve on the Council’s Bureau until 2016 and she is eligible for reelection.

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