29th September 2016: UNESCO adopted a resolution (38 C/70) on 17th November 2015 declaring 28th September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). 2016 is the first year of the celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information” (IDUAI).
The celebrations of the first International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) have kicked off with talks on September 26 at UNESCO’s headquarters. The event brought together a dozen of dynamic speakers that made links between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the issues of information, media and ICTs.
The Government of Rwanda has showed its commitment towards freedom of information, promotion of access and the importance of adopting right by adopting access to information law in 2013 as 11th African country adopt the law. The Office of the Ombudsman is in charge of follow up its implementation and solve access to information related complaints.
International Day for Universal Access to Information has particular relevance with the new 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.10 which calls for ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms.
Universal access to information is bound up with the right to seek and receive information, which is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression. It is covered by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The International Programme for the Development of Communication promotes many projects relevant to freedom of information, and acts as convening actor for the related indicator under Sustainable Development Goal 16.10.2.