An Online Discussion to be Conducted to Celebrate IDUAI 2021

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION - 2021

To celebrate the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2021, the Globe International Center (GIC) will host an online discussion on September 28 at 2:00 - 3.30 pm by local time. Experts from the GIC, the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, the Anti-Corruption Agency of Mongolia, and the Open Society Forum will present and discuss the rights to know and access to information laws, their violations, and law enforcement in Mongolia. At the end of the online event, open discussion will be conducted with regards to topics presented by speakers. The online discussion is supported by IFEX

The main theme of the 2021 IDUAI is The Right to Know – Building Back Better with Access to Information. It will highlight the importance of expanding access to information laws, and their implementation worldwide to build back strong institutions for sustainable development and to uphold the vision of information as a public good, as well as to strengthen international cooperation in the field of implementing the right to information as a fundamental right. Furthermore, the global discussions on “building back better” remain context adaptive to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main objective of the International Day for Universal Access to Information 2021 will be to accelerate sustainable solutions aimed at reaching SDG 16 target 10, by mobilizing governments, civil society and people to take ownership and contribute to the achievement of this sustainable development goal, particularly in regards to building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. 

This year’s IDUAI will focus on the following sub-themes:

- The contribution of access to information laws to the achievement of sustainable development goals, and more specifically of indicator SDG 16.10.2 on public access to information;

- The importance of efficient and independent oversight bodies and of legal frameworks to guarantee implementation of right to information and right to information laws;

- Strengthening the implementation of the right to information by addressing relevant recommendations in the Universal Periodic Review;

- Implementing access to information laws by leveraging digital technologies for peace and sustainable development.

IDUAI was first declared by UNESCO back in 2015. UN General Assembly then highlighted the enormous importance of the access to information, thereby deciding to celebrate this day every year on September 28 worldwide.