Access to Information and Knowledge Division
The Access to Information and Knowledge Division facilitates UNESCO’s work on Freedom of Information. Freedom of Information (FOI) can be defined as the right to access information held by public bodies. It is an integral part of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, as recognized by Resolution 59 of the UN General Assembly adopted in 1946, as well as by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.
In a digital world, information literacy requires users to have the skills to use information and communication technologies and their applications to access and create information.