“A Matter of Facts: Communicating the Work of the UN in a Post-truth Era”, a Conversation with Alison Smale and Stéphane Dujarric

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    2018•11•13    18:30 - 19:30

    On 13 November 2018, UNU will host “A Matter of Facts: Communicating the Work of the UN in a Post-truth Era”, a conversation with with Alison Smale, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, and Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The general public has unprecedented access to endless streams of global news, videos, and images. Yet despite this democratisation of information, it has never been more difficult to discern the accuracy and veracity of the news deluge. In a post-truth age of “alternative facts” and “fake news”, where political dialogue is often informed by emotional appeals, fact-based organisations like the United Nations must shift the way they communicate to cut through the noise. How much has the global communication landscape changed in recent years? What threats and opportunities does this change present? How can the United Nations — the largest intergovernmental organization in the world — harness its evidence and data to build trust, minimise polarisation, and combat misinformation?

    Alison Smale and Stéphane Dujarric will join Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications, for a conversation exploring a new model of communications and its ramifications for the United Nations and society as a whole.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 12 November) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speakers

    Alison Smale is the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications for the UN Department of Public Information. Smale has 40 years of international journalism experience in which she held some of the most prestigious positions in the profession including Chief of Bureau at The New York Times in Berlin, Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune Paris, and Deputy Foreign Editor of The New York Times. Earlier in her career she reported for United Press International and The Associated Press as Bureau Chief for Central and Eastern Europe.

    Stéphane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He also served as Spokesperson for Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2005 to 2006 and as Deputy Communications Director for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from 2006 to 2007. In his other roles with the UN, Dujarric was Director of News and Media for the UN Department of Public Information and Director of Communications for UNDP. Before joining the UN, Dujarric worked for ABC News television for ten years in various capacities in the network’s New York City, London, and Paris news bureaus.

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