International Day for Universal Access to Information
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.
- Proclamation of 28 September as the "International Day for the Universal Access to Information"
2015, 38th Session, General Conference, Resolution 38 C/70
- Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- Colombo Statement (2018)
- Brisbane Declaration
- Dakar Declaration
- Finlandia Declaration
- Maputo Declaration
- New Delhi Declaration
- Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
For more documents, visit UNESCO Freedom of Information list of documents.
- African Platform on Access to Information
- Open Government Partnership
- Global Media Forum for Development
- Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 16.10
For more websites, visit UNESCO Freedom of Information list of websites.