IDUAI 2021: The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) is celebrated every year on 28 September.
- This day is observed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to spread awareness concerning the need to expand laws related to information and their implementation.
- The expansion of these laws aims to help in building inclusive institutions across the world.
- Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information for healthy and inclusive knowledge societies.
Note: Media plays an important role in informing people by telling what is happening around the surroundings and also inform people about several issues including issues of interest.
On the other hand, it also relies on the ability to seek and receive information.
However, the right to universal access to information is also bound up with the right to freedom of the press.
Theme for the year 2021:
- The theme of the day for the year 2021 is “The Right to Know – Building Back Better with Access to Information.”
- This theme highlights the fact that the need of public for accurate and reliable information has never been stronger than now, amidst struggle by countries to overcome COVID-19 pandemic rebuild communities and institutions.
- UNESCO and other partner institutions came together and hosted six online webinars for IDUAI.
- The online webinars will be conducted on 28 and 29 September and they will emphasize on the central role of access to information legislation.
- IDUAI will also stress on its implementation in operating strong institutions to strengthen international cooperation in promoting the right to information as a fundamental human right.
- The main focus of IDUAI is to make information accessible to all, in order to develop robust structure of sustainable policies in society.
- The day also ensures that “access to information is continuous” at times of crisis in a bid to make collectively informed decision to find solution to it.
- The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) was proclaimed on 15 October 2019 at the 74th UN General Assembly to be held on 28 September.
- Initially the day (commonly called the Access to Information Day) was designated by the UNESCO General Conference.
- It was inaugurated in November 2015 and was first held on 28 September 2016.
- The UNESCO resolution creating the day was pushed by African civil society groups seeking greater information transparency.