Internews has signed on to the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development, calling for Member States of the United Nations to acknowledge that access to information, and the skills to use it effectively, are required for sustainable development.
Access to information, and libraries, play a critical role in supporting development. To advance this position, the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) on August 18 launched the Lyon Declaration 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 declaration includes the following provisions:
- 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 130 institutions and associations from within and beyond the library sector, including development agencies, media organizations, gender, ICT and education campaigners have signed pre-launch.
The Declaration, together with further analysis and research of the post-2015 framework and capacity building will give IFLA members and libraries the tools to advocate for the inclusion of access to information in the final goals, and to be ready to support national governments in implementation of the framework.
The Declaration is available at http://www.lyondeclaration.org/
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