IDUAI 2022

International Day for Universal Access to Information

28 September

Recognizing the significance of access to information, the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019. The day had been proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, following the adoption of the 38 C/Resolution 57 declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). 

UNESCO and its intergovernmental programs - the International Programme for Development of Communication and the Information for All Programme - provide a platform and frame for all the stakeholders to participate in international discussions on policy and guidelines in the area of access to information. 

Global Conference on Universal Access to Information 2022

The theme of the Global Conference on Universal Access to Information 2022 was “Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information".

The global celebration took take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on the 28 of September 2022, and included a high-level opening, accompanied by an inter-ministerial roundtable on Access to Information and Artificial Intelligence with the participation of International experts. This event was an opportunity to discuss, in several panel discussions, Access to Information and Artificial Intelligence, covering both benefits and risks, against the backdrop of good governance principles.

    VIDEO - The International Day for Universal Access to Information 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

    This year, the International Day for Universal Access to Information gathered more than 300 guests and 1180 online viewers worldwide around the theme "Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information". 

    With 8 years remaining to achieve the global goals, the event triggered the urge for joint actions and presented good examples to advance the right to access to information and tackle its side deficits plaguing global governance and public trust. 

    Watch the videos of the panels on this link and learn more on your right to know in the digital era.

    Global Conference on Universal Access to Information 2022: Opening
    High-level roundtable

    Harnessing opportunities of digital governance and artificial intelligence for informed and empowered citizens

    The role of e-Governance and artificial intelligence

    in promoting inclusive approaches for Access to Information

    Transparency by Design: How to ensure participation and accountability in the digital era
    Adoption of the Declaration
    Measuring Progress on Access to information Laws and its implementation
    Presentation of the updated Policy Guidelines

    for the Development and Promotion of Governmental Public Domain Information

    Implementation of the UNESCO Open Data guidelines

    in support of transparency, innovation and e-governance

    Presentation of Online Training Tool on Access to Information
    OER Dynamic Coalition Webinar
    The future of access to information

    Ensuring complementarity between the right to information and personal data protection

    Celebrations around the world
    The celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2022 - Videos
    Cartooning for your Right to Know! by UNESCO - Exposure
    "UNESCO  works  to  protect  and  promote  access  to  information  as  a  fundamental  human  right  and  an  essential  step  towards  attainment  of  the  Sustainable  Development  Goals.  As  part  of  these  efforts,  the  United  Nations  General  Assembly  proclaimed  28  September  as  the  International  Day  for  Universal  Access  to  Information  – recognizing its role in development, democracy and equality."
    UNESCO Director-General
    Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

    What does UNESCO do for universal access to information

    Open Data
    Monitoring and Reporting on Access to Information
    Information for All Programme
    International Programme for the Development of Communication

    IDUAI over time: Access to Information and its international recognition from 2016 to 2022

    Equal and Universal Access to Information is essential to promote human rights and dignity, to eradicate poverty and to build inclusive knowledge societies.
    The International Day for Universal Access to Information aims at spreading awareness concerning the need to expand laws related to information and their actual implementation. The expansion of these laws helps in building inclusive institutions access the world. 

    UNESCO declared on 17 November 2015 that the International Day for Universal Access to Information will be marked and celebrated on 28 September every year.
    The 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019.

    Since 2016, the celebration of the International Day for Universal Access supported by UNESCO spanned from 20 to 26 countries, spreading awareness on our Right to Access Information. 

    This video also exists in long version.

    Concept note for the celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2022
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    Programme of the International Day
    2022
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    Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO
    28 September 2022
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    The Universal Periodic Review and its potential to foster access to information: guidelines for information commissioners
    UNESCO
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    UNESCO
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    Read the proclamation

    Proclamation of 28 September as the International Day for the Universal Access to Information
    3 Nov. 2015
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    Resources

    Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
    Past Edition
    All International Days