Uzbekistan Hosts 2022 Edition of the International Day for Universal Access to Information

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Audrey Azoulay
DG, UNESCO

The city of Tashkent in Uzbekistan is playing host to the 2022 edition of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), which is also being celebrated by various partners around the world, nationally and regionally. The Global Conference on Universal Access to Information 2022  explores the theme: “Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information” and includes a high-level opening ceremony, accompanied by an inter-ministerial roundtable on Access to Information and Artificial Intelligence with the participation of international experts. 

The Global Conference on Universal Access to Information 2022 will explore the theme: “Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information” and will include a high-level opening ceremony, accompanied by an inter-ministerial roundtable on Access to Information and Artificial Intelligence with the participation of international experts.

The opening ceremony of the celebration will welcome participants to the IDUAI event. It will recall the crucial importance of implementing access to information legal frameworks, stressing the need to continue to act together towards the establishment of resilient, inclusive knowledge societies.  

Following the opening ceremony, panel discussions will discuss “Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information”.

Within the framework of the celebrations of the IDUAI 2022, the high-level roundtable will look at how to use digital governance and artificial intelligence for the public good.

The high-level roundtable will highlight the opportunities of digital governance and artificial intelligence in favour of developing resilient societies and enabling environment for access to information.

It will look at means to leverage partnerships and international cooperation to facilitate knowledge-sharing under the common goal of edging closer to the achievement of Agenda 2030 Goals.

The first panel session will define the role of e-Governance and artificial intelligence, while exploring how to turn them into an ally for promoting inclusive approaches for access to information.

The second panel will aim to get a clearer picture of the current state of digitally driven governance and will identify specific challenges and recommendations for action by UN bodies, governments and civil society, drawing on the conclusions of the Open Government Partnership Global Summit.

Conference participants will thereafter adopt the Tashkent Declaration during this third panel that will reaffirm the commitment by Member States to recognising and respecting the fundamental right of access to information. 

It will cover the principles of good governance and issues raised by Artificial Intelligence and emerging technologies with regard to access to information. It will also address recent developments, such as the increase in access to information national legislation, its implementation modalities, the impact of digitalisation, the importance of access to information legal guarantees to be inclusive, especially for persons with disabilities and other marginalised groups.  

The fourth panel will present key findings from the 2022 Report on SDG 16.10.2 related to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and the establishment of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

The fifth panel will scrutinize regional perspectives from the previous IDUAI and the UNESCO Policy Guide on Access to Information to discuss regional specificities and new challenges related to digitalization on implementing the right to information.

The sixth panel will outline concrete steps in the preparation, opening and follow-up for reuse of data. The speakers will review the guidelines during the session, and the audience will be invited to provide its remarks.

The seventh panel will present the online training tool on Access to Information Laws and Policies and their Implementation, looking at how to access information held by public authorities.

In addition to these panel sessions, there will also be webinars as part of the celebrations.