Ensuring access to information in times of crisis
With the aim of creating a dialogue and to examine the implications of the health emergency during an pandemic, UNESCO's Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP) and its global partners, organized a three-day international conference titled “Access to Information in time of crisis- the UNESCO Information for All Programme priorities and the COVID-19 pandemic” from 26 August- 28 August 2020.
The lead partners of the dialogue were – India Centre for Information Ethics (ICEIE) at the University of The Hyderabad; the Russian National IFAP Committee, Interregional Library Cooperation Centre; the African Centre for Information Ethics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and the UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism.
The three-day conference aimed at promoting inclusive dialogue around IFAP’s six priority areas: Information for Development; Information Literacy; Information Preservation; Information Ethics; Information Accessibility; and Multilingualism.
Challenges related to the access of information during a crisi situation were part of the discussion in every panel. The conference concluded with deliberations on new researches, key policy issues and interventions to promote gaps and sharing of best practices. The recommendations are part of the preparatory activities for the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) which will be observed globally on 28 September, 2020.
IFAP works to build inclusive knowledge societies, and supports member states to develop policies that ensure citizens’ access to digital technologies, including access to content on a free, open and secure internet.