The 2020 Trust resolved at its meeting on 22 December 2014 to become a signatory to The Lyon Declaration on access to information and development. The Lyon 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 supports the view “that increasing access to information and knowledge across society, assisted by the availability of information and communications technologies (ICTs), supports sustainable development and improves people’s lives.” To date, there are over 400 organisations around the world that have signed on.
The 2020 Trust was invited to consider becoming a signatory by Dr Dan Dorner from Victoria University who is a Governing Board Member of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions). IFLA is asking libraries, NGOs and other organisations to become signatories to the Declaration. IFLA has worked in partnership with civil society organisations such CIVICUS, Article 19, and Development Initiatives to develop the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information — an advocacy document to positively influence the content of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. The UN is negotiating a new development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. The agenda will guide all countries on approaches to improving people’s lives, and outline a new set of goals to be reached during the period 2016-2030.
The 2020 Trust’s guiding mission Enabling New Zealanders to fully participate in a digital world aligns well with the Lyon Declaration.