Wednesday, September 28, 2016

International day for Universal Access to Information #accesstoinfoday

Today is UNESCO's International day for Universal Access to Information day. The themes include "freedom of information [including freedom of the press], promotion of open access and the importance of adopting right to information laws". The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.10 focuses on access to information (the International Federation of library associations and Instititutionsd lobbied hard to get information included in the SDGs). SDG 16.10 aims to "“Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements”. I would like to highlight the IFLA Toolkit: Libraries and the UN post-2015 development agenda
There is a website for the International Day on the UNESCO website and below is a UNESCO video on this theme (which emphasises freedom of the press and journalists' rights: I would say that at the moment access to media, freedom of information and use of technology are more prominent than access to information in a broader definition). There seems to be a full video (all in one video) of the accompanying conference here

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