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Side event UN DPI NGO Conference - Wednesday, 27 August 2014; 3:00 – 4:15 Opening Up Development

Access to information is essential for civil society to be able to effectively participate in sustainable development. The High Level Panel and the Open Working Group have both proposed that the
Sustainable Development Goals include a target on access to information but there is still resistance from many states.

This workshop will examine the importance of access to information in providing accountability in the implementation of the goals and discuss possible targets and indicators to ensure the effective right of access. Participants will build consensus on a proposed target for access to information and be better informed about possible challenges and solutions.

Workshop: Opening Up Development
Access to information and public participation in sustainable development

Wednesday, 27 August 2014; 3:00 – 4:15
Language Room 8, North Lawn Building 2nd Floor
Moderator:
Panellists:

David Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, ARTICLE 19
Ambassador Maria Leissner, Community of Democracies
Charmaine Rodrigues, UNDP
Massimo Tommasoli, International IDEA
Loida Garcia-Febo, IFLA
Patrick Leusch, DW Akademie

Questions

  1. What are the problems facing individuals, communities, civil society and journalists in accessing information?
  2. What targets should the UNGA adopt in the SDGs to facilitate access to info?
  3. How to we reach the “Data Revolution” championed by the High Level Panel?

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