Development and Access to Information (DA2I)

Publié le 7 août 2017, par Thérèse Hameau

Development and Access to Information (DA2I) is the first of a series of annual reports that will monitor the progress countries are making towards fulfilling their commitment to promote meaningful access to information as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

DA2I will be launched annually, at the time of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (UN HLPF) and it is designed for UN member states, intergovernmental organizations, funders, civil society, other stakeholders working in development, and the library community itself. It underlines the invaluable contribution that information access, particularly through libraries, makes to promoting more socially and economically inclusive societies.


The DA2I 2017 thematic chapters focus on the following goals : Zero Hunger (SDG2), Good Health and Well-being (SDG3), Gender Equality (SDG5), and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG9).

See Chapter 6 : A2I for Sustainable Infrastructure Access to information as a fundamental pillar for innovation, infrastructure, and industrialization

Information is critical for ensuring healthy, sustainable and economically vibrant societies. It is an intangible good used by people, and increasingly by machines, to develop services and enhance knowledge and expertise, and is deeply woven into the fabric of sustainable development. This is true for all the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including Goal 9, which focuses on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and fostering innovation.

Information is a unique type of resource. Unlike other resources that need renewal or diminish with use, the value of information increases with its consumption ; the more widely it is shared, the greater its impact and the more extensive its potential benefits. This is the premise that underlies the many different, but related “open” movements now sweeping across the globe. Open government, open data, open science and open access are all parallel efforts that aim to make information and data more available in order to maximize its use and value.