International Day for Universal Access to Information
International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) is celebrated every year on 28th of September.
About the Day
UNESCO hopes that the marking of 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) will provide for more countries adopting FOI (freedom of information) legislation, developing policies for multilingualism and cultural diversity in cyberspace, and ensuring that women and men with disabilities are integrated. These steps will further strengthen progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and pave the way for the creation of knowledge societies worldwide.
Universal access is also central to the UN’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which recognized the ambition of developing inclusive Knowledge Societies. “Accessibility” is also recognized as one of the four principles in UNESCO’s ROAM model of Internet Universality.
Universal access to information is bound up with the right to seek and receive information, which is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression. It is covered by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.