Wednesday, 28 September 2016 Canberra: UNESCO has proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).
IDUAI has particular relevance with the new 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.10 which calls for ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms, an issue libraries in Australia support.
Libraries are synonymous with equity, justice and the support of human rights. We help with the equal sharing of information and resources, contributing to people’s quality of life and enabling everyone to participate in decision-making through their online and real world engagement with local, state, territory and federal government. There is inherent fairness in the delivery of collections, services and programs for all Australians. We recognise and celebrate diverse cultures and we support people with print disabilities. We help create stronger, safer, socially inclusive communities.
UNESCO hopes that the marking of 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information will provide for more countries adopting Freedom of Information legislation, developing policies for multilingualism and cultural diversity in the cyberspace, and ensuring that women and men with disabilities are integrated. These steps will further strengthen progress towards the 2030 Development agenda and pave the way for the creation of knowledge societies worldwide.
Join libraries and UNESCO in celebrating this day by visiting their website to:
- Celebrate the first International Day for Universal Access to Information.
- Download infographic resources to share on social media using the hashtag #AccessToInfoDay
- Read the Brisbane Declaration 'Freedom of Information: The Right to Know' approved at the World Press Freedom Day conference at The University of Queensland in Brisbane on 3 May 2010.
View the media release here.