Today the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) launched the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development to positively influence the new development agenda. The Declaration calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.
The declaration states clearly that access to information supports development by empowering people to:
• Exercise their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights
• Learn and apply new skills
• Make decisions and participate in an active and engaged civil society
• Create community-based solutions to development challenges
• Ensure accountability, transparency, good governance, and empowerment
• Measure progress on public and private commitments on sustainable development.
Why did we signed the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development?
At Restless Development we believe that access to information and data are important requisites for a successful implementation of the new development framework. We think that citizens, including often marginalised groups such as young people, have the right to access information and data and use it to stimulate action that ultimately leads to direct improvements in their lives and those of their communities. As half of the world population is under 25, young people will be playing a crucial role in driving the implementation and monitoring of the next generation of development goals. Availability of data and information will empower them and their communities to drive the change. In line with the principles underlying the Lyon Declaration, in the next 2 years Restless Development will be testing a new model called the Big Idea: mobilise young people, equip them with knowledge, data and technology, and they will make a standout contribution to accountable and transparent development at a local, national and global level.
For more information on Restless Development’s Big Idea programme download our new summary.