Celebrating the International Day for Universal Access to Information 2021

The International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), also known as the Access to Information Day, is celebrated on Tuesday, 28 September 2021. 

Date 2021-09-28 Author BIK Team Section awareness, news Topic media literacy/education Audience children and young people, organisations and industry, parents and carers, teachers, educators and professionals
Official logo of the International Day for Universal Access to Information

The day was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, with the aim that more countries will adopt FOI (freedom of information) legislation, develop policies for multilingualism and cultural diversity in cyberspace, and ensure that those people with disabilities are integrated. These steps will further strengthen progress towards the 2030 Development agenda and pave the way for the creation of knowledge societies worldwide.

This year’s theme will highlight the role of access to information laws and their implementation to build back strong institutions for the public good and sustainable development, as well as to strengthen the right to information and international cooperation in the field of implementing this basic human right.  

As UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has stated in the Message on the occasion of the International Day for Universal Access to Information,

Access to reliable information saves lives. Misinformation and rumours can cost them. This simple lesson is one we have learnt to our detriment in recent years. Whether fighting a global pandemic or supporting public debate, we need free, reliable and independent information as the foundation upon which democratic societies are built.

To celebrate the occasion, a series of online panels will take place, developing and reflecting further on how to ensure universal access to information, how to leverage digital technologies for peace and sustainable development, and more. More information on the planned events for the day can be found in the official programme.

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, the importance to achieve universal access to information in the digital sphere is one of our main concerns. If you are interested in exploring the topic further, we recommend reading the following:

Additionally, you can find below just a handful of useful pedagogical resources designed by the Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) which are freely accessible in the BIK resource gallery:

For more information about the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2021, visit the UNESCO website and follow the celebrations of the day on social media with the hashtag #AccessToInfoDay and #RightToKnow.

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