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Experts meeting at UNESCO to examine the link between freedom of information and sustainable development
Policy makers and representatives of inter- and non- governmental organizations will examine the relationship between the right to information and development at an international experts meeting on "Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Sealing the Link" at UNESCO Headquarters on 17 and 18 March.

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Experts meeting at UNESCO to examine the link between freedom of information and sustainable development

17-03-2008 (Paris)
Experts meeting at UNESCO to examine the link between freedom of information and sustainable development
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Policy makers and representatives of inter- and non- governmental organizations will examine the relationship between the right to information and development at an international experts meeting on "Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Sealing the Link" at UNESCO Headquarters on 17 and 18 March.
Experts attending the meeting will consider the fundamental right to access information held by public bodies. Over the past decade, this right has been recognized by an increasing number of countries and they have adopted legislation on the issue. Toby Mendel of Article 19 who has authored a new, updated edition of Freedom of Information: a Comparative Legal Survey for UNESCO, will present a comparative review of this legislation.

Accessing information held by public bodies contributes to the fight against corruption and poverty as it helps create a level playing field indispensable to entrepreneurs and investors alike. Making scientific information available is also essential in the quest for environmental sustainability, notably when addressing global problems such as climate change.

The meeting will review examples and best practices from all parts of the world. It is being organized to serve as a “brainstorming” session to reinforce the place of freedom of information on the international development agenda. A report reflecting the views of experts attending the meeting will serve for further work on this topic during the celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2008 (3 May) in Maputo, Mozambique, which is to focus on freedom of information.

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          · World Press Freedom Day 2008
          · Access to Information: News Archives 2008
          · Freedom of Information: News Archives 2008


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