Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information


Amy Goodman
One of America's leading investigative journalists
Christiane Amanpour
CNN Chief International Correspondent
Ximena Puente de la Mora
Former President of the Mexican Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection
Tarek Shawki
Minister of Education of Egypt
Tarja Halonen
Former President of Finland
Salil Shetty
Secretary General of Amnesty International
Gwen Lister
Investigative journalist and press freedom activist
Faith Pansy Tlakula
Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa
Fatih Birol
Executive Director of the International Energy Agency
Audrey Pulvar
Canal+ Anchor
Lilianne Ploumen
Minister of Foreign Trade and Development of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Cobus de Swardt
Special Representative of Transparency International
His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow
President of the Republic of the Gambia
Amina J. Mohammed
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General

Who are the speakers?

The speakers at the IPDCtalks are renowned journalists, global leaders from the public and civil society sector, 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 commuication, 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:

1) 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)?

2) How can the above mentioned public access help monitor and generate progress of SDGs?

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

4) How can right-holder (media, environmental activists, 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 & streaming

    The IPDCtalks will be held in English and French. Each talk will be simultaneously translated, and will be livestreamed via our website.