"The Right to Access Information: achievements, challenges and opportunities for monitoring this right at national, regional and international level"
Recognizing the importance of access to information as a fundamental human right, in 2015, the UNESCO General Conference declared 28 September as International Universal Access to Information Day (IDUAI). In 2019, the day was in turn declared by the 74th United Nations General Assembly.
Access to information (ATI) contributes decisively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being a pillar of societies in their progress towards peace, justice and the building of strong institutions, as recognized in SDG 16. Furthermore, the enjoyment of this right enables progress in the promotion and protection of all human rights, empowering citizens to monitor public life and holding duty-bearers to render accounts.
Within the UN system, UNESCO has been designated as the guardian agency for SDG indicator 16.10.2, which monitors and reports on progress in the implementation of access to information laws.
Much progress has been made in recent years to organize national, regional and international monitoring of this important indicator, but challenges remain to be overcome to achieve effective and regular monitoring of the implementation of access to information laws.
28 September 2021
Online - Uruguay