Building back better through access to information
UNESCO and Ministry of Information, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Department of Media and Communication of Royal University of Phnom Penh and civil society organizations commemorate International Access Day Universal Information System (IDUAI) 2021 in Cambodia. , September 28.
According to UNESCO, the theme of IUAI 2021 is The Right to Know – Building Better Through Access to Information. He will stress the importance of expanding access to information laws and their implementation around the world in order to rebuild strong institutions for sustainable development and to uphold the vision of information as a good. public, as well as to strengthen cooperation in the field of the implementation of the right to information as a fundamental right. In addition, global discussions on ‘build back better’ remain relevant to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on countries and societies around the world, and the right to information is essential to enable wider access to data, information and knowledge, and to empower citizens in their efforts to build a better future.
In her message to commemorate the international day, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azulay said that “access to reliable information saves lives. Misinformation and rumors can be the cause. This simple lesson is one we have learned to our detriment in recent years. Whether it is fighting a global pandemic or supporting public debate, we need free, reliable and independent information as the foundation on which democratic societies are built ”. In her remarks, she called on governments around the world to adopt legislation in this area, to ensure that citizens can make informed decisions, stay healthy and safe, and fully enjoy all of our basic human rights.
To commemorate this day, UNESCO Cambodia will launch an online campaign to highlight the importance of the right to information for the people, as a basic human right, to ensure that no one is left behind. UNESCO brings together the voices of Cambodian citizens from different backgrounds, to make their voices heard on the challenges they face in accessing and receiving the information they need to make informed decisions and improve their lives. The campaign will also include the participation of the government, which will communicate the steps taken to make information accessible to the public and bring together civil society and media actors to share their views on how the right to information can. help individuals rise to challenges and stress the importance of statutory guarantees for public access to information.
To conclude the campaign, UNESCO and the Department of Media and Communication will broadcast an online television program where citizens can play the role of freedom of expression and the right to know as a driver of sustainable development.
As the United Nations agency responsible for promoting the free flow of ideas through word and image, UNESCO, in collaboration with OHCHR and its partners and with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency, s ‘strives to strengthen access to information, freedom of expression and the media. Development in Cambodia. C. Nika – AKP