Participants adopted the Paris Declaration on MIL in the Digital Era during the first European Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Forum, which was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 27-28 May 2014. The Declaration reaffirms the importance of MIL and calls for a renewed emphasis on MIL in today’s digital environment as well as cooperation among key actors and multi-stakeholder groups to advance MIL for all.
The Paris Declaration urges decision and policy makers to reflect deeper on MIL in the digital age, recognising that MIL competencies and technological competencies are complementary. Therefore, one cannot supplant the other. Technology related competencies should be delivered in the context of MIL. While it matters what technology are available to citizens, it is even more important to focus on what citizens choose to do with or how they respond to information, media and technology in their desire to participate, self- actualize, exchange culture and be ethical.