On 1 October 2017, the UNESCO Khartoum Office and Ministry of Communication and Information Technology organized the celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI 2017), which took place on 24th floor of the Telecommunication Tower in Khartoum. The celebration was honored by the Minister of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), H.E. Ms. Tahani Abdalla, Ambassador of Malaysia, H.E. Mr. Mustafa Hj. Mansor, Ambassador of Chad, H.E. Mr. Saleh Hamid Heguera, and UNESCO Representative to Sudan, H.E. Mr. Pavel Kroupkine. More than 50 participants enjoyed the event – from the MCIT, Ministry of Education (MoE), National Information Center (NIC), UNESCO National Commission (NATCOM), UNESCO Khartoum office, etc.
The theme for presentations and discussions during the celebration was the Sudan’s exposure towards 2030 Agenda / SDGs and Public Access to Information. The Minister of MCIT, Mrs Tahani Abdella expressed the satisfaction from the support the MCIT provides to the Sudanese government to avail information for the purpose of the SDGs in general and for SDG4 in particular. She also emphasized on the need to propagate information to all as a civil right to Sudanese population, commended the strong relationship with the UNESCO and expressed gratitude for the second year celebration of the IDUAI. The General Manager of the National Information Center, Eng. Mohamed Abdelraheem Yaseen, expressed in his speech to the audience the commitment to the SDGs and 2030 Agenda, and full support of NIC for strengthening Sudanese society for work with information. Mr Mohamed confirmed commitment to the IDUAI and commended the UNESCO role in promoting linked important ideas. The representative of NATCOM, Dr. Abdelmahmud Elnour, also addressed the event expressing the commitment of NATCOM to support the SDGs work in Sudan and gratitude to UNESCO for supporting Sudan to be aligned with the different modern initiatives. UNESCO Representative to Sudan, Mr. Pavel Kroupkine among other delivered to the audience the message of General Director of UNESCO, Ms. Irina Bokova, on occasion of IDUAI 2018.
A first paper was presented by the NIC, Dr. Sauded Mustafa, who illustrated the role and infrastructure of NIC in its operations in Sudan and expressed commitment to SDGs support to all national bodies. A second paper was presented by Dr. Mohamed Salim, the National Focal person for the SDG4, who explained the various steps Sudan undertook to integrate the SDG4 targets and indicators into national plans and strategies of MoE. Dr. Mohamed expressed gratitude to UNESCO Khartoum, Beirut Regional Office and HQ in Paris for the concreate support they provided to Sudan, currently Sudan leads the Arab countries in unpacking SDG4.