Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information

About the IPDCtalks

The main goal of the IPDCtalks is to address core issues around Access to Information which are crucial for sustainable development and good governance. More specifically, speakers will highlight the importance of Access to Information to the implementation of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. In general, the organization of the IPDCtalks has set three core objectives:

Who are the speakers?

The speakers at the IPDCtalks are top journalists, government leaders, leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals as well as community leaders who are working towards the realization of global sustainable development. In their work, they recognize the power of communication, freedom of expression, public access to information and ICTs in all development efforts. They have a creative take on how to share their experience and ideas with a strong will to improve the daily lives of people all over the world.

The talks will focus on showing and convincing the audience how Access to Information and sustainable development are inextricably attached to each other. While some talks will link the role of Access to Information for the realization of a particular SDG, others will emphasize and explain how Access to Information and good governance are linked to each other. In essence, all talks will address the following core questions:

  •   How can public access to quality information, enabled by civil society, media and use of ICTs contribute to the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

  •   How can the abovementioned public access help monitor and generate progress of SDGs?

  •   What role should duty-bearers play to protect and promote the right to access to information (Member States, the media, UN bodies)?

  •   How can right-holders (media, environmental activitsts, transparency activists, the people etc.) be encouraged to optimize and to seek and receive information about and for progress of the 2030 Development Agenda.

Languages, interpretation and streaming

The IPDCtalks will be held in English and French, will have simultaneous interpretation, and will be livestreamed via our website.


The IPDCtalks are generously funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Republic of Finland and the Republic of Lithuania.