Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right of Access to Information Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right of Access to Information ARAI _f40b269c-9d19-4373-81e4-975cdc4b557d 66fc3f90-4b1c-45fd-a46f-ef54977ba349 To advance the passage, implementation, enforcement, and exercise of the right of access to information. _2535bbf3-60de-49d1-abb8-62b4d78c64fe Right of Access to Information Give effect to the right of access to information _9ad9511e-4c90-4073-9b2b-093684294e03 1 Intergovernmental Organizations United Nations Council of Europe Organization of American States African Union Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Intergovernmental organizations - including the United Nations and all of its bodies, Council of Europe, Organization of American States, African Union, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and international financial institutes, regional development banks, and trade bodies - and international and domestic non-governmental organizations should give effect to the right of access to information in accordance with the findings and principles enumerated above. 4ac81cfe-9580-482b-99dc-9b713eee49de 4fee2aa4-7167-4153-b338-98ea83e74f4e 9d1e96af-275c-475e-98a9-e34df3df49b9 European Convention Ensure that the principles on the right of access to information are respected in the future “European Convention on Access to Official Documents.” _63087275-31d2-4aa5-9090-849a7f633e38 2 Council of Europe As the first intergovernmental institution to formulate a specific convention on the right of access to information, the member states of the Council of Europe should ensure that the above findings and principles are respected in the future “European Convention on Access to Official Documents.” 2348e602-fbdd-4648-a82b-0b63f0a59185 490c5008-cc66-4440-aa34-183e66817264 2e1d1e35-1589-418e-88c4-696237cc3cc7 World Bank Disclosure Engage in an open and consultative process to bring the World Bank Group’s Policy on Disclosure of Information _13c22236-2ce2-4dfb-bd19-6c8c8ce9a4e1 3 World Bank Group During the World Bank Group’s forthcoming review of its Policy on Disclosure of Information, the Bank should engage in an open and consultative process to bring its policy into line with the findings and principles enumerated above. Other international governmental organizations also should take steps to adopt or bring their information policies into line with the findings and principles. f1cd5a6d-beb9-4373-90aa-abbef425ef75 8c3d1cb4-07b6-4870-9815-b7acc449d9a6 320a966c-d264-460c-90fa-e54e03cfd5f7 Promotion and Protection Ensure that all states have effective mechanisms to promote and protect the right of access to information _b47c34d7-0624-44b4-9e44-1cc6918fea03 4 International Bodies Regional Bodies Nation States International and regional bodies should: a. take measures to ensure that all states have effective mechanisms to promote and protect the right of access to information; b. develop instruments on the right of access to information; c. conduct ongoing monitoring of compliance with this right, through formal and informal follow-up mechanisms such as peer review. Instruments Develop instruments on the right of access to information _821d5a4a-83ff-4c08-b5a1-d052e0c3302e 4.1 b7dc9753-db4c-451c-b057-d0e9812f190f 11aae26a-8b0f-42d8-8b01-ae417351261b Monitoring Conduct ongoing monitoring of compliance _edb3ed78-05ff-4e9b-be43-2e7989edf4d0 4.2 42de5738-6d91-482d-be47-6854bfc98aee 0dfb8fce-10cc-46a4-a785-a49b02df7ec0 Technical Assistance and Funding Support countries’ efforts to establish, implement and enforce the right of access to information by providing technical assistance and sufficient long-term funding _8a8fd252-3c1b-4aff-b87f-49eee10f310b 5 International Donors _48512751-7aa4-4f87-bc76-1d39581ef990 International donors should support countries’ efforts to establish, implement and enforce the right of access to information by providing technical assistance and sufficient long-term funding, including through new aid modalities such as program-based and sector-wide approaches. 1f82b859-e01f-4d09-9026-f50933ab1e48 20b5569f-2917-4d11-8553-7ecaab883b09 International Funds Require that donors and recipients provide access to information regarding the amount and use of international funds _1eff354c-2345-4331-b4a6-1ee91d8b0cd2 6 Donors Recipients Donor funding agreements should require that donors and recipients provide access to information regarding the amount and use of international funds. 307f9ce4-acd3-4aa5-9705-c080c02ab71f 01e7d40b-3dc0-4958-8c25-41346263806f 880c23e6-9646-4c84-881d-f233d3b9fec3 Consultation Consult fully with civil society and with experts in the right of access to information _c930e42c-66a3-48ab-8a5c-b97093bb044b 7 Regional and International Bodies Regional and international bodies considering the establishment of right of access to information instruments should ensure that they consult fully with civil society and with experts in the right of access to information. A panel of experts should be convened to support these efforts. 1abff5a5-3eb2-461b-affb-2e5bd7babd77 b020aa38-1847-448e-bc32-53032e6c9144 21128cd6-ad70-41c9-8838-ebd149543abb Millennium Development Goals Pass and implement access to information laws as essential to reporting on progress toward and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals _7ab5f6a5-185c-448a-8d46-178df17a1545 8 Passage and implementation of access to information laws should be prioritized as essential to reporting on progress toward and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. 1d50b403-1910-4a92-b5df-e26d192d4c3d c927821f-5da5-4d19-9a65-d43632fbd1de 5ad20ec2-077c-4af3-b686-3163ae3ea485 Funding Provide funding to support monitoring, analysis and assessment of the implementation and impact of the right of access to information _4edcaca4-f31c-48e7-9834-4124bf6bedd1 9 Donors Donors should provide funding to support monitoring, analysis and assessment of the implementation and impact of the right of access to information, including through scholarly research, the development of appropriate indicators and practical evaluation tools. 5f2918bd-24c1-4cac-a99f-4b7041450c9d adf1a563-5816-4c72-8484-c82340f61ba0 e50b0b56-8ac6-4e96-add0-01af11bd1b8f Information Access Rights Provide for the right of access to information _25bb86b7-1915-4a5d-b5f8-4d97883f0210 10 Nation States Every state should provide for the right of access to information in keeping with the findings and principles enumerated [in the declaration of principles]. 79c55555-b872-4530-a1ac-6639ac017fae d2249b4f-ae0f-454b-b92c-e5217d62768e eb65faaa-cd5b-44fb-b206-41b6eaf52b79 Development Strategies and Sectoral Policies Integrate promotion of the right of access to information into national development and growth strategies and sectoral policies _92494d11-3c86-4823-ae03-9ecc34d24df1 11 Nation States States should integrate promotion of the right of access to information into their own national development and growth strategies and sectoral policies. 8209211d-87f7-4473-81b1-b30c091da439 35249105-5a01-456c-93d8-12f78ed041e9 e78fd658-d975-4b9a-92af-a16547025ed8 Partnerships Seek multi-stakeholder partnerships to enhance capacity to implement the right of access to information in practice _75cede46-1037-4aed-86b1-32b653813b97 12 Nation States States should seek multi-stakeholder partnerships to enhance their capacity to implement the right of access to information in practice. ee22a203-200d-46f8-920d-04b35999a240 a7f999d0-408d-4af5-b6aa-35bde709ba9e a699b9d2-f433-4d6f-b027-aa3cb083fa08 Enforcement Etablish independent enforcement mechanisms _dd967baf-835b-45af-9d11-1c7c84e9e77a 13 Nation States States should establish independent enforcement mechanisms, such as Information Commissions, that provide for accessible, affordable, and timely appeal remedies. Where appropriate these bodies should have the power to make binding decisions and order disclosure of information. 2c9a6b1d-f981-46ac-be59-8bfb8fa7c121 214a3ab6-2b12-450d-b71a-c5fb3a8cf84f c1ac179c-fa93-443e-bf48-8b9cfac0eb5f Policies and Systems Put in place effective information management policies and systems _a94f70c4-b7a3-4521-8f1f-98478ab1e130 14 Nation States States should put in place effective information management policies and systems, which facilitate their ability to properly create and maintain records and discharge their right to information obligations. 6bcea200-2767-4bac-9228-64ea6be57e38 99d6074a-ba0c-4a84-a7d1-53d849ca7819 5f7f279e-d916-4a38-aab5-35dec2cbeaf0 Training Develop effective training methods for officials charged with the responsibility of providing access to information _39b0a1bd-942d-4b09-b4ba-b1c7806e15f8 15 Responsible Officials Non-Governmental Donors Effective training methods should be developed for officials charged with the responsibility of providing access to information along with structures for the sharing of best practice from around the world, and support from non-governmental organizations and donors should be sought. 5b26df9b-f3fb-4fe8-a2d5-8900e6c8661d 5ed911c3-6d1c-46b4-9651-4272647e17cc f8747905-9da0-4068-bfc4-4980bb55d593 Profit-Seeking Corporations Establish rules for access to information held by profit-seeking corporations _80971948-43ce-4d4d-b163-1a20c0b0cd07 16 Nation States Profit-Seeking Corporations To give effect to the right of access to information held by profit-seeking corporations, states should establish rules which ensure minimal administrative burdens, exemptions in accordance with general principles governing the right of access to information, and a threshold test for size to define which entities are subject to this duty. 6ea4ee2f-7667-4d66-9162-3a491bfb9f1c cb7f9f04-ec89-49c1-8884-1138cb1ec185 f0b8721b-5f8f-45fb-89d7-bf2e2e59c8db Monitoring and Evaluation Incorporate into access to information regimes mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative measurement, collection of statistics, and mandatory annual reporting _d0d8cba8-a101-49cb-a0bb-19db6ae53ea4 17 Access to information regimes should incorporate some mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative measurement, collection of statistics, and mandatory annual reporting. 16ccfb54-6764-487d-8370-bec7223ffce0 6235dbf2-47c6-441c-8a02-56f437013904 85991d8c-036e-436c-8ad8-7571eebeee20 Required content not provided Establish voluntary commitments to proactively disclose information in the public interest _aaeaf4b3-5c68-41c2-a753-82ecfc9a50c0 18 Multi-National Corporations Large Domestic Businesses Multi-national corporations and large domestic businesses should establish voluntary commitments to proactively disclose information in the public interest, and such efforts should be encouraged and supported. 50883dee-ad8b-4292-a634-aa538eec8aff 1daeb7d2-44e7-4bf2-96ae-a149df2b55f8 9fa3ace5-545a-4665-ba7d-56dffa70c28c New Methods Develop and share new methods for the promotion of the right of access to information _fc9f61cd-6998-4b8f-a93d-b721069eab03 19 Technology Innovators Technology innovators should develop and share new methods for the promotion of the right of access to information. d10ab5ff-bda9-439d-a353-9c911cc33d81 96d0fd12-31c8-4c0e-90c0-0d446b825161 1428f5da-798b-4e99-a038-82df9b46cd12 Scholarship and Study Pursue additional scholarship and study on the right of access to information, implementation of relevant laws, socio-economic impact, politics of compliance, exercise of the right, its enforcement, and how it changes peoples’ lives _4dcdef3f-986b-4cc3-9906-62e54683e547 20 Additional scholarship and study on the right of access to information, implementation of relevant laws, socio-economic impact, politics of compliance, exercise of the right, its enforcement, and how it changes peoples’ lives should be undertaken. d686dd24-2515-40ea-b402-de2ea2507f8d 43f4ce8d-246d-47b6-9fab-d369904120df a419cc96-f633-49cf-ae44-3d8826eeb06f Instruments and Laws Develop and update guidelines on the drafting of right to information instruments and national laws _7aa59484-dbde-4c35-8856-caf2654cde15 21 Advocates Right of access to information advocates should focus further efforts to develop and update guidelines on the drafting of right to information instruments and national laws, as well as on their implementation. These guidelines should be widely disseminated with a view to promoting right to information regimes that conform to the above principles. 19b75e20-04d1-4ec0-a97a-225fc6f799cf b186447d-3a90-4047-a8a4-adac1334cfeb c0565ff8-bf77-427b-9c1d-e3f6544e3df7 Monitoring and Assessment Monitor and assess implementation and impact of the right of access to information _4e99d785-b5fe-4285-9e21-ca4159738a0a 22 All Stakeholders All stakeholders should engage in the monitoring and assessment of the implementation and impact of the right of access to information, including through the development of appropriate indicators and practical evaluation tools. 7f4ad4bf-c87f-4cb3-9bf3-cb79e71e2809 ad851a3a-e10f-43f0-98f4-c0d6efeaad93 28db4d4c-7f4f-4877-9a00-5da083cfcd62 Right of Access Ensure full enjoyment of the right of access to information _493ba02f-e2b0-44db-8366-030a2e324830 23 Civil Society Civil society should ensure full enjoyment of the right of access to information by demanding and using public information, and promoting and defending the right. 358f3e30-6fab-4877-897f-6d57f07397b3 97a0429f-0318-4c9d-b30b-b4c5f2fdf600 75ae17ee-c0c8-4645-9559-e40bc7347ab9 Media and Journalists Develop and promote a free and independent media, and train journalists in use of the right to information. _0c0736aa-9348-41e0-9faa-fde66c929379 24 A free and independent media should be developed and promoted, and journalists should be trained in use of the right to information. 7d7cc7d6-e210-4e7a-b220-fedc0752ffc4 5984857b-ac45-44bc-bf79-aa430c4de2a6 cb12e48b-2790-4f0f-b804-03bbbf768b85 Transparency Agenda Build solidarity with a full range of stakeholders who share a common transparency agenda _b5e311f6-b8bf-4114-8ed2-c657a830b9e0 25 Access to Information Community The access to information community should strive to build solidarity with a full range of stakeholders who share a common transparency agenda. 0b8415ce-28db-42ec-b24d-8ccfdc66038e eead15ec-9a72-4086-a5c0-7518125f743b e12cfafb-705f-4116-ab55-aa736b5be94e Atlanta Declaration Disseminate the Atlanta Declaration _56006bf5-b290-49ed-8d5a-f6a487309153 26 Carter Center The Carter Center will work with others to disseminate the Atlanta Declaration, through high level communications, publications, conferences and meetings. a1aa0373-02a6-4d8e-8a71-ac9040e9f8fe ee2924bd-64ca-4066-9e2f-96312777ffe0 4078c6e6-d1be-4bce-9530-777128a9a34d 2008-02-29 2010-02-08 http://www.cartercenter.org/resources/pdfs/peace/americas/ati_atlanta_declaration_en.pdf Arthur Colman (www.drybridge.com) colman@drybridge.com Submit error.