Internationale Arbeit

21.11.2017

Road to September 28: International Day for Universal Access to Information

As a main result of the efforts of the working group African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) being convinved that information has the power to bring participatory democracy, UNESCO declared 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). This film gives background information and shows actions that led to the adoption of the IDUAI.

A unique coalition of African experts in human rights, media freedom, freedom of expression and civic participation on the continent first came together in 2009 and later formally established itself as the working group of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) in 2011. Held together and fuelled by the conviction that information has the power to bring about development and a participatory democracy on the continent, the coalition members have since lobbied tirelessly for the improvement of access to information for citizens of African countries. Their efforts have been rewarded with significant success. Notably, on 17 November 2015, UNESCO adopted a Resolution (38C/70), declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). This development was mainly a result of APAI’s persistent efforts.

The "The road to September 28" film gives an account of the strategies, alliances and actions that led to the adoption of the IDUAI, illuminating the background and context of lobbying efforts in promotion of citizens’ rights to access to information throughout the continent.

The film was supported by fesmedia Africa of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and produced by Joe Vision Production.

Arbeitseinheit: Demokratie- und Medienförderung


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