Powering sustainable development with public access to information


Mon, 26 Sep
10:00 to 10:30

Welcome and Introduction

  • Ms Irina Bokova Director-General UNESCO (Speech in PDF)
  • Ms Albana Shala Chair of UNESCO's International Programme for Development of Communication
  • Mr Lionel Veer Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to UNESCO
  • Mr Neris Germanas Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania


10:30 to 13:00

Session one: A selection of key SDGs

SDG 1 | End Poverty in all its forms everywhere

SDG 2 | End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG 3 | Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

SDG 6 | Ensure availability & sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

SDG 4 | Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG 9 | Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


13:00 to 15:00

Launch of the exhibition on the 250th Anniversary of the Freedom of the Press Act followed by a light lunch

(Outside Room 1, Ground Floor)

Opening of the Exhibition:

  • Mr. Frank La Rue Assistant Director-General of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector
  • Ms. Annika Markovic Ambassador of Sweden to the OECD and UNESCO
  • Mr. Pekka Puustinen Ambassador of Finland to the OECD and UNESCO


15:00 to 16:45

Session two: Further selection of key SDGs

SDG 5 | Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG 11 | Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG 13 | Take urgent action to combat change and its impacts

SDG 8 | Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

16:45 to 17:15

General comments - information access and sustainable development

17:15 to 17:30

Way forward

  • Ms Chafica Haddad Chair of UNESCO’s Information For All Programme
  • Mr Frank La Rue Assistant Director-General of UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector
17:30 to 18:00

Keynote Closing Speech

SDG 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

(Times approximate)

Moderator: Mr Kayode Akintemi