(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - 9 September 2010 - ARTICLE 19 is urgently calling on supporters and relevant organisations to contact their UN Delegation and head of state to ask that they urge for the inclusion of transparency and free flow of information in the Millennium Development Goals Outcome Document and Action Plan, due to be finalised in New York on 21-22 September.
Take action by:
1. Sending a copy of the London Declaration to the heads of the delegation from your country and others you know who are attending the UN MDG Summit in New York, stressing that discussions on meeting the MDGs must include a focus on transparency and the free flow of information.
In particular the Outcome Document from the Summit should reflect a clear and unequivocal commitment on the part of the international community and national governments to access to information and transparency as essential to the achievement of the MDGs, in the spirit of the Millennium Declaration. It should acknowledge the human rights of individuals to obtain information and to effectively participate in the political processes leading to the development of policy at the international, national and local levels in all of the MDG areas.
The linkages between good governance, the rule of law, transparency and access to information should be clearly spelled out and the adoption of laws and initiatives should be encouraged.
Addresses for UN Delegations can be found here: http://www.un.org/en/members/
2. Showing your support for the London Declaration on Transparency, Free Flow of Information and Development (available at http://www.right2info-mdgs.org/wp-content/uploads/London-Declaration.pdf ). Publicise it, translate it (and send to ARTICLE 19 to put on their website), send it to the media, partners, and civil society and link to http://www.right2info-mdgs.org
The London Declaration was developed following a recent international conference in London organised by ARTICLE 19, which brought together over 70 human rights and development representatives from inter-governmental organisations and civil society from 13 countries. The Declaration outlines concrete steps that governments and other actors should implement in order to ensure that the MDGs are achievable in the next five years.
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