International Day for Universal Access to Information

The International Day for the Universal Access to Information (commonly known as Access to Information Day) is observed globally on 28th September every year. Universal access to information means that everyone has the right to seek, receive and impart information for healthy and inclusive knowledge societies.

IDUAI 2020 will be focus on to the right to information in times of crisis and on the advantages of having constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information to save lives, build trust and help the formulation of sustainable policies through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. 

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The theme for International Day for the Universal Access to Information 2020: Access to Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope!

History of International Day for the Universal Access to Information:

Initially, the day was designated by the UNESCO in November 2015 and was first held on 28 September 2016. It was later proclaimed on 15 October 2019 at the 74th UN General Assembly.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • UNESCO headquarters: Paris, France.
  • UNESCO Head: Audrey Azoulay.
  • UNESCO Founded: 16 November 1945.

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