[govinfo] President Carter disseminates Atlanta Declaration

  • From: "Laura Neuman" <lneuman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opengovpartners@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 10:45:03 -0400


Dear Colleagues:
In July, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter forwarded the Atlanta Declaration 
and Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right to Information to all heads 
of state and leaders of the major international organizations and financial 
institutions. President Carter urged these leaders to ensure the right of 
access to information and its implementation and enforcement.  The Atlanta 
Declaration and Plan of Action (please see attached) was the product of the 
Carter Center's International Conference on the Right to Public Information, 
held February 27-29, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  More than 125 participants, 
representing governments, civil society, international organizations and 
financial institutions, private sector, donors and scholars, from 40 countries 
met to discuss the successes and future challenges to the establishment of a 
right of access to information.  


The Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action, serving as a framework for 
advancing this human right, finds that access to information is fundamental to 
dignity, equity and peace with justice, and that a lack of access to 
information disproportionately affects the poor, women and other vulnerable and 
marginalized societies.  The Declaration calls on all states and 
intergovernmental organizations to enact legislation and instruments for the 
exercise, full implementation and effective enforcement of this right. It 
further encourages all stakeholders to take concrete steps to establish, 
develop, protect and promote the right of access to information. The 
Declaration is available in Spanish, French, and Chinese.


For additional information related to the conference and materials, please 
visit the Carter Center's Access to Information project website at 
www.cartercenter.org/accesstoinformation.html or contact me at (404) 420-5146 
or lneuman@xxxxxxxxxx


Laura Neuman

Access to Information Project Manager

The Carter Center 

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