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Int’l Day for Universal Access to Info today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) will be observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world today to promote and protect the right to seek, receive and impart information for healthy and inclusive knowledge based societies.

The theme of this year’s International Day for Universal Access to Information is “The Right to Know – Building Back Better with Access to Information.” The day will highlight the fact that the public’s need for accurate and reliable information has never been stronger than now, as countries’ struggle to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic rebuilds communities and institutions.

IDUAI has also been designed to mobilize governments, civil society and decision-makers to meet the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development, notably the 16th Goal which calls for the promotion of “just, peaceful and inclusive societies.”

On November 17, 2015 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared September 28 as International Day for Universal Access to Information and the day was first observed on September 28, 2016. It was later adopted on October 15, 2019 at the 74th UN General Assembly.