FIT and the UN Year of Rapprochement between Cultures
To mark the UN Year of Rapprochement between Cultures, the FIT Literary Translation Committee is organising an event: World Literature- Francophonie – Jean Genet – Censorship – Literary Translation.
This event was accepted as a valid way to mark the Year, and is now listed on the special Year of Rapprochement website.
FIT is also invited to attend the 184th Session of UNESCO Executive
Board. The Board meets twice a year. It has just issued an updated
version of its Rules of Procedure dated 2010. It makes interesting
reading, 28 pages long.
As UNESCO comes under the UN, FIT also can participate in the ECOSOC
virtual Network of NGOs. It is invited to attend events and can list its
own events on the NGO section of the ECOSOC website. FIT Flash and
Translatio are now also displayed there.
One of UNESCO’s links is to WSIS (World Summit on
Information Society). WSIS has made a platform available for NGOs to
create an account and list events. FIT has taken up this offer and used
As Miriam Lee and Rupert Swyer both attended the Partners’ Forum, in
October 2009, in UNESCO Paris, they were able to distribute copies of
the latest FIT brochure and to answer queries on the spot, from
individuals who expressed an interest in forming a Translators’
Association in their country, and to alert delegates to the Literary
Translation event planned for 2010.
Using comparatively limited resources, FIT can grasp this free
opportunity to be listed, and to communicate its activities, through the
IRENE network created, as was the WSIS platform, to serve the UN NGO communities.
ECOSOC site is an ideal opportunity for FIT to enter this wider virtual world, and use the site resources, to pro-actively:
- reinforce its international identity
- publicise the role of translators’ associations in its federation around the world
- highlight the work of FIT committees
- strengthen its links with a global community of NGOs
- show FIT members how FIT, as an NGO, has global information links as a federation
- play its part in civil society, through UNESCO
- participate in broader areas of interest and wider issues of global concern
- fulfil its obligations towards UNESCO as an NGO
UNESCO & the UN
UNESCO consults civil society like FIT for the UN and participates in
sharing information. As UNESCO is a UN body, and culture is the main
area where FIT acts with UNESCO, FIT has been able to expand its
visibility by entering the virtual network of similar
communities. ECOSOC is one such aspect of UN work and aims, where NGO’s
under UNESCO can benefit from the virtual options available, and
highlight how an NGO, like FIT, is also working towards
UN goals, in its ongoing achievements: its publications; its Congresses
and its committees. In spite of its comparatively limited resources,
FIT can grasp this free opportunity to be listed, and to communicate its activities, through the IRENE network created, as was the WSIS platform, to serve the UN NGO communities.
New CSO Net is an example of the latter
CSO Net - the Civil Society Network
– is a web portal devoted to NGOs and to members of United Nations
agencies, funds and programmes, in order to share and promote best
practices in the field of economic and social development, and to
increase awareness of the work being carried out by the international
FIT and the FIT publication Babel and Translatio are listed on the UNESCO website.
FIT also features on the new World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) platform.