The Korean National Commission for UNESCO contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the field of Communication and Information.
With the advent of Internet broadcasting and social media services in the 21st century, it is more important than ever for us all to develop the ability to evaluate different forms of media and the information they provide, in a critical manner. To cater to this growing demand, KNCU holds an international symposium on MIL-related organizations, government departments, experts, and teachers convene to discuss strategies to enhance MIL-building strategies and seek to effectively and efficiently apply the discussions to the practical realities of teaching.
UNESCO seeks to contribute to building an inclusive knowledge society by enabling universal access to open educational resources (OER), or content that is available free of charge online, like free online courses, e-textbooks, and library resources. KNCU monitors the usage and availability of OER in Korea, and provides video recordings of the lectures, symposiums, and international conferences that it arranges on the Korea Open Course Ware (KOCW) platform created by the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS).
UNESCO designated February 21st as International Mother Language Day in 1999, with the aims of protecting languages in danger of extinction and preserving language diversity around the world. KNCU carries out a variety of activities to increase public awareness of the importance of indigenous languages and of cultural and linguistic diversity. This is particularly relevant to Korea as the Jeju dialect of the Korean language is classified by UNESCO's Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger as a "critically endangered language."
To help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the field of communication and information, The KNCU cooperates with experts and other stakeholders sharing information from UNESCO and holding discussions and consultations on a variety of relevant issues, including media and information literacy, and internet universality.