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International Day for Universal Access to Information

28 September

Since 2016 UNESCO marks 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI), following the adoption of the 38 C/Resolution 57 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 16.10 which calls for ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms.

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.

IDUAI 2019 EVENTS

This year UNESCO is commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information under the slogan “28 September 2019: Access to information – leaving no one behind!”
To mark the day, UNESCO will organize a series of ‘Open Talks’ at the global level in Lima, Peru and at the regional level in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Arab States and Europe.  The events aim to create worldwide discussion on how to foster open societies, open access to information and sustainable development. Since 2016, UNESCO annually marks 28 September as the “International Day for Universal Access to Information”, following the adoption of a resolution (38 C/70) declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information.