Int’l Day for Universal Access to Information today
Published: 09:14 AM, 28 September 2021 Updated: 01:44 PM, 28 September 2021
The International Day for Universal Access to Information is being observed on Tuesday in the country as elsewhere across the world.
This year, the theme of the day is "Information is my right, is it known to all?”
Different government and non-government organizations have taken various programmes to mark the day.
Marking the day, the Information Commission will organize a discussion at its conference room in the capital’s Agargaon area while Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud will attend as the chief guest.
President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day, wishing all-out success of the programmes taken to mark the day.
On November 17, 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that the International Day for Universal Access of Information will be observed on September 28.
Multiple organizations and governmental bodies gave rise to the domino effect and adhered to the declaration by UNESCO. As a result, the UN General Assembly also decided to observe September 28 as the International Day for Universal Access of Information (IDUAI).
The IDUAI has its main focus on making information accessible for all so that a robust structure of sustainable policies can be developed in society. Furthermore, it ensures that the access to information is continuous at times of crisis so that a collectively informed decision can be made to find ways out of it.