Saturday, September 17, 2011
This gathering, the PACAI, capitalises on the 20th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration, to make a difference to information access. The event is convened by the Windhoek+20 Campaign on Access to Information in Africa in conjunction with UNESCO, and possibly the African Union. It will be one of several conferences taking place simultaneously in Cape Town, and it will share an opening session with them. The totality of events will come together for a joint closing session, dubbed as the Africa Information and Media Summit (AIMS).

The ultimate outcome of these conferences, and of combining some 1000 delegates and several constituencies, is to generate a declaration that can be as influential as the original Windhoek Declaration which promoted media freedom and gave rise to World Press Freedom Day. At this point in history, the emphasis is on the other side of the media-freedom coin: i.e., access to information. The September declaration is intended to serve as an instrument for further action, and it will likely be known as the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI). It is intended that PACAI itself will attract some 100 leading and influential participants across Africa from civil society, media, policymakers, development partners, tech companies, private and public bodies, spanning some 40-50 African countries.

 

Sept 17-19, 2011, Cape Town
Duration: 2 days conference, 1 day of strategic workshops

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