Revisiting “Openness and Inclusiveness” in Access to Information to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals


C3. Access to information and knowledge

Global solidarity and efforts coupled with the explosion of advanced technologies have allowed connecting knowledge pools and resources with those who can put the best use for it. It has redefined the context of “Access” and has also levelled the playing field for everyone as never before.  While the contexts of “Openness” and “inclusiveness” have been appreciated as the two key pillars to improve access, their interplay within the broader realm of globalization, the rise in the mobility, the increasing demand for lifelong learning opportunities, the proliferation of open and inclusive governance systems; and the growing role of private sector still remain to be properly understood. 

Based on a town-hall panel debate format, this session will try to discuss and come up with a few key recommendations to better define the contexts of “Openness and Inclusiveness” for Access to information and Knowledge. The key outcomes of the session will be to:

  1. Initiate a dialogue between and among stakeholders that will lead to the drafting of a vision document on “Access to knowledge to achieve SDGs”.
  2. Forge working relationships with organizations keen to expand on the vision document.
  3. Bring together various stakeholders and create a forum to exchange and share their experiences with regards to redefining access.
Session's link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge

Session 272
  • Friday 29 May,
  • Popov Room (Room B), ITU Tower
  • Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting

WSIS Forum 2015 | Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development
25–29 May 2015, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland