07.10.2018 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

IPDCTalks Held in Kabul to Celebrate the International Day for the Universal Access to Information

Media Covering the Second IPDCTalks ©UNESCO/S.Habibullah

Sunday 7th October 2018 | UNESCO and Transparency Afghanistan, in cooperation with the Oversight Commission on Access to Information and the Ministry of Information and Culture, organized the Universal Day on Access to Information, within UNESCO’s International Programme for Development of Communication (IPDC). The IPDCTalks aimed to highlight the importance of access to information, a human right without which citizens cannot make informed decisions, and a vital precursor to achieving all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Opening the conference, Ms. Patricia McPhillips, UNESCO Representative in Afghanistan stated, I would like to highlight a major accomplishment of the Afghan Government; that is the passing the new Access to Information Law, this is something in which all Afghans have a right to be proud.

Five renowned speakers from the government, UN, civil society and media sectors stressed the importance of access to information to a wide range of conference participants including policy-makers, international community representatives, journalists, NGO representatives, development workers and students. Each talk addressed the importance of access to information, achievements and SDGs.

H.E. Mustafa Mastoor, Minister of Economics acknowledged the active role of the civil society organizations and their presence at the high councils compared to past. Minister Mastoor noted that representatives of the civil society are active members of the high-level committees on economic development, procurement, laws committee and the executive committee. He added that Afghanistan’s access to information law has been recognized one of the best laws around the world, is the result of the joint and collaborative work by many organizations. 

Mr. Afzali representing the Oversight Commission on Access to Information said, “Sustainable and meaningful development is a development that people feel part of, and partner with the process”.

Mr. Fazel Hussain Sancharaki, the Deputy Minister from the Ministry of Information and Culture said, “We must have a clear notifying mechanism in the government so that we can implement the access to information law, having the best law is important, but implementation is the main part to be jointly considered”.

Inspired by TEDxTalks, the IPDCtalks takes its name from the UNESCO Programme that organizes it - the International Programme for the Development of Communication, the IPDC. IPDCtalks aims to create a worldwide discussion on how to foster open societies and inspire better laws and practices in the field of access to information. Government and community leaders, journalists, NGOs and digital pioneers from around the world are invited to the IPDCtalks to share their achievements and initiatives with an audience of local and global stakeholders.

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