International Day for Universal Access to Information

28 September 2017

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 16.10 which 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 25 September, with a panel event gathering around 250 participants to discuss progress and new initiatives around Tunisias Access to Information law. The countrys 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 event will also bring the opportunity to launch a new Swiss-funded UNESCO project, to facilitate coordination among the civil society organizations to implement the right to information law.

From 27th to 30th of September 2017, UNESCO in partnership with the Information for All Programme (IFAP) will host a Conference under the theme Overcoming Divides and Achieving the SDGs in Africa in Balaclava, Mauritius. This event will consist of plenary sessions, workshops and technical sessions. It will bring together high-level participants from all of the 54 African countries including Presidents/Prime Ministers, Ministers for Information and Communication and Ambassadors to UNESCO.

On 28th of September 2017, the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will host the second whole-day event IPDCtalks: Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information in UNESCO Headquearters, Paris, France. The 'IPDCtalks' will be held to highlight and elaborate on the importance of Access to Information for all sustainable development efforts around the world. It will consist of a series of attractive and dynamic talks from global public leaders, prominent journalists, young intellectuals and community leaders.
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