International Day for Universal Access to Information
Recognizing the significance of access to information, the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019. The day had been proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, following the adoption of the 38 C/Resolution 57 declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).
The theme of the 2021 International Day for Universal Access to Information will highlight the role of access to information laws and their implementation to build back strong institutions for the public good and sustainable development, as well as to strengthen the right to information and international cooperation in the field of implementing this human right.
UNESCO and its intergovernmental programs - the International Programme for Development of Communication and the Information for All Programme - provide a platform and frame for all the stakeholders to participate in international discussions on policy and guidelines in the area of access to information.
- APRM-UNDP High-level side event confirms access to Information is crucial to achieve SDG 16 in Africa
- Access to Information in Times of Crisis
- UNESCO mobilizes 122 countries to promote open science and reinforced cooperation in the face of COVID-19
- Access to Information is About How We Can Live Our Lives Better
- Proclamation of 28 September as the "International Day for the Universal Access to Information"
2015, 38th Session, General Conference, Resolution 38 C/70
- Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- Colombo Statement (2018)
- Brisbane Declaration
- Dakar Declaration
- Finlandia Declaration
- Maputo Declaration
- New Delhi Declaration
- Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
- Analysis on SDG Indicator 16.10.2 in 2019 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) - brochure
- Access to Information: a New Promise for Sustainable Development (UNESCO publication, 2019)
- UNESCO SDG 16.10.2 Questionnaire and Methodology (UNESCO website, 2020)
- DISINFODEMIC Deciphering COVID-19 disinformation & DISINFODEMIC: Dissecting responses to COVID-19 disinformation
- UNESCO Media and Information Literacy resources
For more documents, visit UNESCO Freedom of Information list of documents.
- African Platform on Access to Information
- Open Government Partnership
- Global Media Forum for Development
- Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 16.10
For more websites, visit UNESCO Freedom of Information list of websites.