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October 17, 2019

UN proclaims International Day for Universal Access to Information.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (on screens and at podium) addresses the opening of the general debate of the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly. 24 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak. [File Photo]

United Nations, 17 October 2019 — The 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information.

The resolution was adopted by consensus following a presentation by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, who led the proposal and negotiations for the resolution.

The resolution was put forward by six UN Member States as chief co-sponsors, alongside Liberia were: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Sierra Leone, and Ukraine. Another 23 countries joined in co-sponsoring the resolution upon its adoption.

“Public access to information can enhance the protection of human rights, bring about better governance, fight corruption, and drive sustainable development,” underscored Moez Chakchouk. Moez Chakchouk is Assistant-Director General for Communication and Information for UNESCO. He was speaking during the opening of the international Open Talks global commemoration event held in Lima, Peru, on 27 September 2019.

As part of its role in the protection of the right to seek and receive information, UNESCO has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the custodian agency for global monitoring of SDG target 16.10.2.

SDG 16.10.2 tracks progress on the achievement of SDG 16 in terms of improvements in countries adopting and implementing constitutional, statutory, and policy guarantees to the public access to information. UNESCO monitoring of 42 countries during 2019 showed a need for improved record-keeping on the implementation at the national level.

Together with civil society efforts, UNESCO is now encouraging and supporting the Member States to include the 16.10.2 indicator in their monitoring of SDG progress.

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