13c. Protect the rights to freedom of opinion, expression, peaceful assembly, association, and dissent.

Photo: Pierre Pouliquin

Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

One of the largest problems standing in the way of sustainable development and a clean environment is the lack of information at both the national and international levels.

The right to information enables the free flow of information, public participation and access to environmental justice.

Dr. Agnes Callamard, Executive Director, ARTICLE 19

The right to information enables the free flow of information, public participation and access to environmental justice

ARTICLE 19 envisages a world where people are free to speak their opinions, to participate in decision-making, and to make informed choices about their lives. Without these rights, democracy, good governance and development cannot happen.

Ahead of the Rio+20 Summit, ARTICLE 19 submitted comments to the United Nations calling on states to commit to adopting right-to-information laws and create a new global convention on access to environmental information.

Following agreements in the outcome document - The Future We Want - ARTICLE 19 aims to further advocate for better implementation of access to information and public participation by all countries, the development of a regional convention in Latin America and the Caribbean, and institutional reform.

13. Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.