Submitted Proposals

Organization: UNESCO
Title :
14. Access to Public Held Information with a Development Perspective
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The workshop seeks to explore the issue of access to public held information, a core element of the right to freedom of information (FOI) as a fundamental human right, particularly in the context of development.

Built on a series of UNESCO initiatives aimed at exploring the link between access to public held information and sustainable development and empowerment, the workshop will discuss the overall challenges and opportunities for promotion of the universal access to public held information brought by the Internet, and develop strategies as to how FOI can be made more visible on the development agenda by more countries in the era of information society.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
  • Keynote Address: Prof. Ansari, India
  • Agnes Callamard, Article 19
  • Helen Darbshire, Access Information Europe
  • Manju Menon, Environmental Action Group, India
  • Kulan Amin, Transparency International
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.


- Article 19

- Transparency International

- World Bank

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
Over the past 10 years, the universal right to access information held by public bodies has been legally recognized by an increasing number of countries often within the framework of good governance and human rights, yet it has rarely been prominent on the agenda of sustainable development and empowerment.  Therefore, UNESCO takes the initiative to approach the subject from the development perspective, and tries to promote the awareness of it among stakeholders. 
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
FOI is a core element to ensure openness in the information society, and universal access to public held information is a key principle of Internet governance to ensure that ICTs and Internet are sensibly used by government and widely accessible to all citizens for the purpose of sustainable development and empowerment. The workshop also contributes to the themes of “Openness” “Development” and “Capacity building” of IGF.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
1) At the first Internet Governance Forum in Athens, Greece, 31 Oct-2 Nov 2006, UNESCO organized two workshops titled “Openness in Cyberspace: the Challenges of Freedom of Expression” and “Content Filtering and Freedom of Expression” . 2) Jointly with the Council of Europe, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, UNESCO organized a workshop on "Openness of the Internet: Protecting both Freedom of Expression and Security" at the second IGF in Rio on 12 November 2007.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?