|Access To Information Day|
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|Official name||International Day for the Universal Access to Information|
|Next time||28 September 2019|
The International Day for the Universal Access to Information (commonly called the Access to Information Day) is an international day of recognition designated by the UNESCO General Conference to be held on 28 September. The day was inaugurated in November 2015 and was first held on 28 September 2016.
The day had been recognised as International Right to Know Day since 2002 and was developed by international civil society advocates into its current form beginning in 2012. The UNESCO resolution creating the day was pushed by African civil society groups seeking greater information transparency.
Currently only 17 African Union member states have adopted national right to information laws, and groups like Open Government Partnership hope that the recognition of the right to information will "provide an important platform for all stakeholders at national level to discuss the adoption and effective implementation of national right to information laws in line with continental and international standards and obligations."
However, African civil society groups like MISA Zimbabwe have noted that states like Zimbabwe which do have Right to Information laws still have a long way to go to ensure they improve governance. In 2016, MISA Zimbabwe used Access to Information Day to criticise Zimbabwe's poor information transparency provisions, noting that, "While Zimbabwe was one of the first African countries to adopt an access to information law in the form of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), the law in question is a far cry from its purported import and impact."
- "UNESCO Names Sept. 28 Access to Information Day". freedominfo.org. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- Sendugwa, Gilbert (25 November 2015). "INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION: A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO ADVANCE OPEN GOVERNMENTS!". Open Government Partnership. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
- MISA (28 September 2016). "MISA-Zimbabwe commemorates International Day for Universal Access to Information". thezimbabwean.co. The Zimbabwean. Retrieved 28 September 2016.