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Sheikh Mohamed Helping the Process of Democracy in Mauritania

Sheikh Mohamed meeting with President Ely Ould Mohamed Vall

Several projects have focused on Mauritania as a result of Sheikh Mohamed’s official visit to the country and meeting with the then President Ely Ould Mohamed Vall in his capacity as UNESCO Director General’s Special Envoy for education, human rights, tolerance, peace and democracy.

Realising the importance of the elections held in the country over the past year and the possibility to show an example of good practice to the Arab world, support was provided by the Foundation to bolster media coverage of all three elections. This was implemented in a variety of ways, including the provision of a large shipment of radio and broadcast equipment provided in order to aid coverage of the elections of people’s representatives, Senate, referendums on the constitution and the election of the President. Training for local journalists was also provided in two tranches to ensure that coverage was of an internationally accepted standard. The training was carried out by the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, which houses an Institute run by Professor Philippe Saunier with a proven track record in training local journalists for election situations – for example in Afghanistan.

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