The World Wide Web Foundation has joined hundreds of civil society organisations and campaign groups from around the world in calling for the next set of UN development goals to include access to information and freedom of expression. The statement includes 195 signatories from civil society organisations from 77 countries on all 5 continents.
The joint statement comes ahead of a meeting of the UN Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals, which takes place in New York this week – and will include further discussions on governance. Calling on the United Nations to put government accountability and independent media at the centre of a new framework for global development, the statement says:
‘Human development in the coming decades will depend on people’s access to information. Ground-breaking new media and technology are enabling major expansion of economic, social and political progress.
We believe that freedom of expression and access to independent media are essential to democratic and economic development. Freedom of speech and the media are means to advance human development and are ends in their own right.’
You call see the full statement and list of signatories at: http://www.article19.org/resources.php/resource/37435/en/post-2015:-access-to-information-and-independent-media-essential-to-development