International Day for Universal Access to Information

International Day for Universal Access to Information

Right to Information

On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 the 38th General Conference of UNESCO adopted a resolution declaring September 28th International Day for Universal Access to Information.

The APAI campaign lobbied strongly and carried out several lobby missions for the placement of several issues on the agenda of the Executive Board, requesting that UNESCO, through its General Conference

  • Endorses the “African Platform on Access to Information” Declaration so as to provide a framework for the enjoyment of the right of access to information by all African people and others elsewhere.
  • Affirms 28 September as International Right to Information Day as a date to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information throughout the world;
  • Makes a recommendation to UN General Assembly to also endorse/proclaim 28 September as International Right to Information Day, which will give an official stamp to the practice already adopted by many national governments and civil society organizations around the world.

Sponsored by Angola, Nigeria and Morocco the resolution also:

Invites all Member States, United Nations system organizations, and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non -governmental organizations and individuals, to celebrate the Day in a manner which each considers most appropriate and without financial implications for the regular budget of UNESCO; Requests the Director- General of UNESCO to bring this resolution to the attention of the United Nations Secretary – General so that the “International Day for the Universal Access to Information” may also be endorsed by the General Assembly.

Right to Information Day is a day to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information throughout the world.

MISA marks the day each year by launching an annual research report examining the openness and secretiveness of public institutions, Government Secrecy in an Information Age. Also on this day, MISA Chapter members throughout southern Africa hold award ceremonies to present the Golden Key and Golden Padlock Awards to the most open and secretive governments in each country, as determined by the research.