- United States, New York
28 September 2021
International Day for Universal Access to Information
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
– Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights
Today marks the 6th anniversary of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), as proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference in 2015 and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2019. Article 19 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states that people have the right to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator 16.10.2 calls strongly for the increase in the number of countries that adopt and implement constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information. . Both the SDGs 16.10.2 and GCM Objective 3 necessitate a stronger commitment to access to information.
While access to information is an inherent right, THE IOLG recognises that many Countries and States do not give adequate access. It is impeded in different aspects and in different stages .