|28 Σεπτεμβρίου - Διεθνής Ημέρα για την Παγκόσμια Πρόσβαση στην Πληροφορία|
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.
Also, UNESCO Field Offices in many countries around the world together with local authorities and civil society will be commemorating #AccessToInfoDay by organizing workshops, conferences and public activities including marches and concerts in order to both discuss and raise awareness about freedom of information, the promotion of open access and the importance of adopting the right to information laws. These targeted and widespread activities will ensure that the day of 28th September is used to engage citizens and public authorities as to the importance of the right to information for human existence at both local and global levels.
UNESCO hopes that the marking of 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” will provide for more countries adopting FOI legislation, developing policies for multilingualism and cultural diversity in the cyberspace, and ensuring that women and men with disabilities are integrated.
These steps will further strengthen progress towards the 2030 Development agenda and pave the way for the creation of knowledge societies worldwide.
Message from Irina Bokova
In a globalizing world, access to information is vital to build more inclusive sustainable knowledge societies. This is the message of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), focusing on the key role that access to information plays in taking forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Access to information is a fundamental right. It allows women and men to understand and participate in creating and sharing the knowledge they need to contribute fully to society. It is a condition of informed citizenship, helping to hold governments accountable. It is a driver of innovation and creativity, widening opportunities for all, especially for girls and women.
Being informed starts with the commitment of Governments to develop, promulgate and enforce policies and laws on the Right to Information to guarantee the respect of this human right. This requires efficient implementation mechanisms and a culture of transparency across all types of institutions. Citizens need also to have the critical thinking, literacy and digital skills required to access, analyse and use the information in different ways, offline and online. This is why UNESCO calls on all governments and partners to leverage the power of Information and Communication Technologies to help achieve Sustainable Education Goal 4 for ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Access to Information is also about promoting development of content that will be relevant, local and multilingual. All of this calls for proactive polices and strong partnerships at all levels.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information is also an opportunity to renew our commitment to freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. The Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Day for Universal Access to Information media play a crucial role in facilitating access to information to citizens and in monitoring important social issues while enlightening their audiences with insight and knowledge. There cannot be universal access to information without free and independent media.
Access to information is not only a goal in itself; it is also a key contributor to the realization of all other Sustainable Development goals. It is therefore crucial that we continue our efforts to ensure that every woman and man enjoys full access to information.
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
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