Ignorance is very costly and expensive; the cost of ignorance can be irredeemable if it is not avoided in the first instance.
28TH SEPTEMBER: International Day for Universal Access to Information
Ignorance is very costly and expensive; the cost of ignorance can be irredeemable if it is not avoided in the first instance. For this purpose, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) came to a resolution in the year 2016 to make the 28th of September every year, the International Day for Universal Access to Information.
Having the right access to information and at the right time is of great advantage to both people and governments. Information plays an important role in building trust between people and the government of their nations. It helps people to exercise their civic duties and to also hold decision-makers responsible which in turns helps to reduce corruption.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) is an important day for everyone because it ensures the improvement of public access to information and the protection of the fundamental human rights of people following international agreements and the different national laws.
The theme for this year’s celebration of IDUAI is “Leaving No One Behind”, this poses the need for everyone to have access to information and for this mission to be accomplished; digital technology is to be used as a valuable tool. There is a call for more digital innovation by the Member States of the United Nations.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) is pleased to celebrate this year’s International Day for Universal Access to Information. We call on governments to implement laws that will improve public access to information all over the world. PEACrEc strongly believes that the right access to information will help improve peace and security in our nations.