Just because I want access doesn’t mean I will come on in.
2017 is the second year of UNESCO marking 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI). On 17 November 2015, UNESCO adopted a resolution (38 C/70) declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).
IDUAI has particular relevance with the new 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.10which calls for ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms.
The celebration for universal access to information will kick-start in Tunisia on September 25, with a panel event gathering around 250 participants to discuss progress and new initiatives around Tunisia’s Access to Information law. The country’s legislation on access to information is ranked by specialized observers among the “top-ten” best in the world in terms of its adherence to international standards. Mr. Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO is to address the event, among other high-level representatives from government, media and civil society.
The talks will be held in English and French, will have simultaneous interpretation, and will be livestreamed.
Guest speakers include philosophers, journalists, NGO workers, entrepreneurs, academics, community leaders, who are working towards the realization of SDGs, who recognize the power of communication, freedom of expression, and public access to information and ICTs in development efforts and have a creative take on how to share their experience and ideas and address these questions:
- After MDGs, why does addressing the SDGs/the specific Goal matter in today’s world?
- How can mass media plus universal access to information and knowledge via ICT support the realization of the SDGs/the specific Goal?
- What role should duty-bearers play to protect and promote the right to access to information (Member States, the media, UN bodies)?
- How can we ensure that ‘no one is left behind’?
- Are SDGs any different from MDGs? How can ordinary people be encouraged to ‘own’ SGDs as an integral part of their citizenship/heritage nationally and globally?
Brazil–Launch of UNESCO publication Policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access
Launch of UNESCO publication “Policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access”
UNESCO Brasilia Office will launch the UNESCO publication “Policy guidelines for the development and promotion of open access” authored by Alma Swan. The event location will be the recently opened Museum of Tomorrow, in partnership with IBICT (Brazilian Institute for Information in Science and Technology= and the Roberto Marinho Foundation. Around 50 key stakeholders will be attending the event, including high level Brazilian government authorities. In addition, IBICT will receive the The Electronic Publishing Trust for Development Award 2015. IBICT coordinates at its facilities the Information for all Program (IFAP).
Round Table on the State of Citizens’ Access to Information in South Africa and awareness-raising of the right to information on community radio and various media