The theme of the 2021 International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) is the Right to Know—Building Back Better with Access to Information. It will highlight the importance of expanding access to information laws, and their implementation worldwide to build back strong institutions for sustainable development and to uphold the vision of information as a public good, and to strengthen international cooperation in implementing the right to information as a fundamental right. The global discussions on “building back better” remain context adaptive to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The principal aim of the International Day for Universal Access to Information 2021 will be to speed up sustainable solutions aimed at reaching SDG 16 target 10 (as measured by indicator 2, on public access to information), by mobilizing governments, civil society and people to take ownership and contribute to the achievement of this sustainable development goal, particularly regarding building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information will focus on the following sub-themes:
The contribution of access to information laws to the achievement of sustainable development goals, and more specifically of indicator SDG 16.10.2 on public access to information;
The importance of efficient and independent oversight bodies and of legal frameworks to guarantee implementation of right to information and right to information laws;
Strengthening the implementation of the right to information by addressing relevant recommendations in the Universal Periodic Review; Implementing access to information laws by leveraging digital technologies for peace and sustainable development.
We will hold the IDUAI 2021 online on 28 and 29 of September 2021. A series of panels/webinars will be organized virtually.
Slogan: The Right to Know – Building Back Better with Access to Information
Date: 28 and 29 September 2021;
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