19.08.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Enjoying the right to information

As Nepal observes today National Information Day for the seventh time, the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, together with the Federation of Nepali Journalist (FNJ) and the Citizens' Campaign for Right to Information (CCRI) continue the implementation of the project "Empowering people to enjoy their right to information for greater accountability of Nepal's power holders".

The project that is funded by European Union aims at empowering people to claim their right to information that the Interim Constitution has guaranteed and that is subject of the right to information act on of 2007.

The right to information plays a key role for good governance, accountability and transparency, which are essential elements for democracy. Whereas the right to information is legally guaranteed in Nepal, its implementation is facing many challenges.  People do not have easy access to public information, as agencies lack capacity and human and financial resources and the political transition slows down many processes, including the appointment of the new Information Commissioner. 

 

Click here for more information on the UNESCO/EU project "Empowering people to enjoy their Right to Information for greater accountability of Nepal's power holders'




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