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).

The IDUAI has particular relevance with Agenda 2030 with specific reference to:
–    SDG 2 on investment in rural infrastructure and technology development,
–    SDG 11 on positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas and
–    SDG 16 on initiatives to adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information.

In particular, UNESCO has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the custodian agency for global monitoring of part of the SDG target 16.10.2 in terms of which all countries should ensure ‘’public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements. During these events, UNESCO will discuss monitoring results and present trends in the field of access to information.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL

“Universal access to quality and reliable information is a fundamental human right that plays a pivotal role in empowering citizens, facilitating fair debate and giving equal opportunities to all. It is a driving force for transparent, accountable and effective governments, and paves the way for freedom of expression, cultural and linguistic diversity, and participation in public life. For this reason, universal access to information is a pillar of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

In Tanzania The commemoration will take place in Morogoro on September 28, 2019 at Morogoro Hotel starting 0730hrs.

The event is expected to bring together more than 60 people comprising of Community Media, Mainstream Media and Media Stakeholders from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.

During the session, various discussions will be conducted to reflect the theme for the day;.

Topic;

  1. Information for Development
  2. Media and Democracy
  3. Role of Media in Promoting Women’s Leadership and Participation
  4. Disinformation in the Digital Era