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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.

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2017 Celebrations
The talks will be held in English and French, will have simultaneous interpretation, and will be livestreamed.
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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?

What’s happening around the world?


Access to Information: This is your right! (Conference)


National Seminar on “The State of Access to Information in Bangladesh” Challenges and Way Forward


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).


Discussion panel “Access to information and development in the age of the big data”


Investigative Journalism and Access to Information in Jamaica workshop


Access to Information: The Right of Everyone in Jordan (short film)


Photo-contest “Into the Lens – Freedom of Information”


Campaign for the right to access to information as a basic human right in Madagascar


UNESCO and International Day for Universal Access to Information – 2016

National Consultation Meeting on Law on Information Transparency and Right to Information


Celebration of IDUAI in Morocco


“International Day for the Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI)


Adopting a Right to Information in Palestine: Significance, Opportunities and Challenges

South Africa

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

South Asia

South Asia Celebrations of International Day for Universal Access to Information in New Delhi

South Sudan

Launch of the South Sudan Public Information Centre Website


International workshop on Policy Advocacy to Promote Open Educational Resources in Viet Nam


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