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 2018 Conferences

  • International Policy Dialogue on IFAP Priority Areas in African and BRICS Countries, 4 – 6 July 2018, Cape Town, South Africa.


The importance of the concepts of the 4th Industrial Revolution and Cultural Diversity were recently confirmed by various international forums and meetings. An observation is that during UNESCO events and meetings both Cultural Diversity and the 4th Industrial Revolution were tabled as concepts of importance when radicalism, economic development and the UN stated SDG’s were discussed. Other related topics include; global peace, radicalism, anti-radicalism, multilingualism and inclusion in the cyber space, definitions of culture, the structure of culture, the use and misuse of cultural diversity, the role of cultural diversity in sustainable development, and the management of cultural diverse communities. Following these indicators structures like BRICS should also accept the importance of these concepts.


Following an informal meeting in Paris in 2016 between the IFAP Chairpersons in Russia, China and South Africa, this matter was again discussed in 2017 with Brazil and India representatives also joining the informal discussion. The Russian Federation’s Chairperson of UNESCO IFAP created this opportunity to again consider some of these topics when he called a meeting of Global Experts that took place on 5 to 9 June 2017 in Khanty-Mansiysk in the Russian Federation. The meeting focus was on Multilingualism in Cyberspace for inclusive Sustainable Development. During the June 2017 event an international academic roundtable also took place with academic representatives from Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa. At this roundtable the ACEIE was requested to prepare a project proposal to the BRICS countries aiming towards the formation of a platform to discuss these topics and their relevance in and between the BRICS countries.


In collaboration with BRICS representatives, UNESCO and IFAP structures, the ACEIE and the University of Pretoria is proud to host this event towards establishing stronger relations between representatives from BRICS countries, IFAP offices as well as universities in Africa. Since South Africa is the BRICS Chair for 2018, this event is perfectly situated to advance the current state of South Africa as a leader in the field of Policy Development, Cultural Diversity and Information Ethics. The ACEIE is currently the Secretariat for the South African IFAP office and will therefore seek to align the South African objectives with those of UNESCO and the broader academic community of this field.


The aim of this event is not only to establish IFAP committees in those countries that do not have it, but also to strengthen the relations between the BRICS countries in the form of academic participation. African participation stands central in this event due to the importance of addressing cultural diversity as well as equal opportunity for participation.

Conferences Objectives

  1. Creating a platform for the International Policy Dialogue on IFAP Priority Areas;
  2. To support the development of a sustainable dialogue group in BRICS, African countries and Pacific Region;
  3. That the project will be to strengthen the collaboration between the BRICS countries;
  4. To create and revitalize the IFAP structures in the BRICS and African countries;
  5. To create a network of IFAP in BRICS countries with objectives that include:
    • Research on matters related to the six IFAP objectives as discussed in the next section;
    • To attend to the 2017 – 2021 UNESCO priorities, including Africa and Gender Equality; Peace and Equitable and Sustainable Development;
    • To attend to the theory and practice of Cultural Diversity and Radicalism;
    • To attend to Cyber Ethics; and
    • To design formal research proposals and priorities.
  6. Research on matters related to the six IFAP objectives including:
    • objective 1: information for development
    • objective 2: information literacy
    • objective 3: information preservation
    • objective 4: information ethics
    • objective 5: information accessibility
    • objective 6: multilingualism
  7. Addressing the following SDG’s:
    • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
    • Goal 4: Quality education
    • Goal 5: Gender equality
    • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
    • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
    • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
    • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
    • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
    • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
    • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

 2017 Conferences

  • ANIEversary, 21 – 23 February 2017

On 21 to 23 February 2017 the 5th ANIE International Conference on Information Ethics took place in Pretoria, South Africa. The report compilation contains the individual session reports of the 12 World Café sessions. Each report was compiled by the facilitator and rapporteur and provides a factual and content overview of the main discussion points.

For the speech delivered by DTPS Minister Cwele during the opening ceremony, please visit here.

  • ProLISSA conference UNISA, Pretoria, 14 – 16 March


 2016 Conferences

  • 7th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics ΙCIL, 22-23 February 2016 
  • E-Learning Africa Conference, Cairo, Egypt, 24 – 26 May 2016

  • UNESCO Information for all Programme (IFAP) Conference Paris, UNESCO HQ, 29 May – 3 June 2016

  • NSTF Pulses Event on Pulses and Food Security for the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP2016) Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, 2 – 3 June 2016

  • INTEL EduWeek Conference Gallagher Estate, Midrand, 29 – 30 June 2016

  • ISIC Information Behaviour Conference, Croatia,  20 – 22 September 2016

  • Integrated Enviromental Understanding of Food Security in Africa, 2-4 November


 2015 Conferences

  • Eastern Cape Provincial Conference on IE 26 & 27 March 2015 East London, South Africa, 

  • UNESCO and Southern Africa Broadcasting Association Conference on Information Ethics in Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia 9 – 11 February 2015

  • Information Ethics Conference on Information Ethics and IFAP workshop,  East London, 26 – 27 March 2015

  • Undergraduate Student Conference, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 5 – 7 May 2015

  • E-Learning Africa Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20 – 22 May 2015


 2014 Conferences

  • The 4th International ANIE Conference in Kampala, Uganda - 2 to 4 July 2014

  • Undergraduate Student Conference, University of Pretoria, 19 – 20 May 2014


2013 Conferences

  • Awareness raising activities in collaboration with external roleplayers 2013

  • Lex Informatica/Cyberlaw/Information Ethics Conference, University of  Pretoria, Pretoria, 4 – 5 April 2013

  • Post Graduate Philosophy Conference Monash University, 7 April 2013

  • Research Ethics Integrity and Quality Assurance Conference, Johannesburg, 18  – 19 April 2013

  • SASA Conference, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, 25 – 28 April 2013

  • University of Pretoria Undergraduate Student Conference, University of Pretoria, 28 – 30 May 2013

  • University of Zululand Information Ethics Conference, University of Zululand, Empangeni, 4 – 5 September 2013


2012 Conferences

  • ACEIE 2012 Annual Report

  • South African Society for Greek Philosophy and the Humanities (SASGPH) Conference, Pretoria, 17 – 19 April 2012

  • Afrikaans Nederlandstalig Wysgerige Gemeenskap (ANWG) Conference, Antwerp, Belgium, 25 – 27 May 2012

  • 3rd ANIE International Conference on Information Ethics, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 – 7 September 2012




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