To recovery and beyond
The role of Access to information in Rebuilding communities and strengthening public institutions
Since the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020, the world has witnessed a growing public demand for information that is accurate, timely and reliable. The need for openness, transparency, and accountability has never been stronger. With civic space becoming more reduced during the pandemic, and false content ever expanding, access to information has helped counterbalance the situation, serving as a tool for transparency, through which the public could exercise their right to request for information. This has enabled public participation and civic engagement in response to the crisis.
in terms of adoption of binding laws and policies giving individuals a right to access information held by public authorities
Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels and inclusive societies.”
Target 16.10: “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.”
Indicator 16.10.2: “Number of countries that adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information.”