Monday, August 18, 2014

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development launched

Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development launched

Access to information, and libraries, play a critical role in supporting development. To advance this position, IFLA has today launched the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development outlining the need for access to information to be recognised in the United Nations post-2015 development framework. The framework will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and set the agenda for development for the next decade.

The Lyon Declaration calls on Member States of the United Nations to acknowledge that access to information, and the skills to use it effectively, are required for sustainable development, and ensure that this is recognised in the post-2015 development agenda by:


  • Acknowledging the public's right to access information and data, while respecting the right to individual privacy.
  • Recognising the important role of local authorities, information intermediaries and infrastructure such as ICTs and an open Internet as a means of implementation.
  • Adopting policy, standards and legislation to ensure the continued funding, integrity, preservation and provision of information by governments, and access by people.
  • Developing targets and indicators that enable measurement of the impact of access to information and data and reporting on progress during each year of the goals in a Development and Access to Information (DA2I) report.

More than 125 institutions and associations from within and beyond the library sector, including development agencies, media organisations, gender, ICT and education campaigners have signed pre-launch, already making the Lyon Declaration the most successful campaign of its type that IFLA has ever undertaken.

http://conference.ifla.org/node/522
http://www.lyondeclaration.org/

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