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International Day for Universal Access to Information on 28th September 2018

Friday, 21 September 2018 04:54

The Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU)

is assisting UNESCO and the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment in organizing the celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28th September 2018 at the “Hotel Mount Lavinia”, Sri Lanka.

This will consist of international panels, expert workshop and other high-level events and commemorations. The other collaborators in the celebration are the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

IDUAI was first celebrated in 2016, following the UNESCO General Conference Resolution 38 C/70 calling for an annual commemoration of IDUAI each year on 28th September, which, historically has been known as “Right to Know Day”.

UNESCO proposes this year’s theme to be “The Asian Digital Revolution: Transforming the Digital Divide into a Dividend through Universal Access”. Four key areas will be addressed:

  • The state of the digital divide in Asia: persisting challenges and barriers to universal access.
  • New technology opportunities and challenges in the service of Sustainable Development: including Artificial Intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things.
  • Advancing the dividends of ‘opening up’: open solutions for universal access.
  • ‘De-risking’ Information Access: countering online challenges to individual rights and fundamental rights and freedoms

Four half-a-day workshops will also be organized on themes such as Open Scholarship and Access; Free and Open Source Software, Youth Mobile and Right to Information.

Read More About IDUAI:
About UNESCO and the International Day 
Asia and the Digital Revolution 

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Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU) is the government arm of implementing UNESCO Agenda in Sri Lanka. This Commission established on 14th November 1949, comes under the Ministry of Education. There are 35 members in the General Assembly, including representatives of relevant ministries and national bodies concerned with UNESCO’s fields of competence.