SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication (www.signis.net) is an international non-profit, non-governmental association that brings together a wide range of communications and media professionals from across our globe working in, radio, television, cinema, media education, internet, and new technologies, together with academics and researchers working in these fields.

SIGNIS was created in November 2001 with the merger of Unda (International Catholic Association for Radio and Television) and OCIC (International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisuals). Both organizations trace their origins back to 1928.

SIGNIS is officially recognized by the Holy See as a Catholic organization for communication. It has consultative status at UNESCO, ECOSOC (United Nations in Geneva and New York) and the Council of Europe.

SIGNIS members in more than 100 countries are united in their faith and the steadfast conviction that the creative energy of good media and communications can transform violent conflict, build tolerance, celebrate diversity and construct a culture of peace, shaped by respect for human dignity and the promotion of justice and reconciliation in our world today.

The last SIGNIS World Congress in 2009 challenged Catholic communicators to recognize and defend the rights of young people and to work with them to promote a culture of peace in our world. That is why SIGNIS chose: “Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating Images with the New Generation” as a theme for 2009 to 2013. The theme underlines the continuing commitment of SIGNIS to work with and inspire the new generation to create positive and powerful images that express their hopes for
a global culture of peace.

SIGNIS General Secretariat
310, rue Royale
1210 Brussels