Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On December 4th, the importance of press freedom was endorsed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon. During the General Assembly of the UN in New York, Ban Ki-Moon underlined that press freedom is an important tool for achieving the post-2015 development goals.

Ban Ki-Moon presented his proposal in the The Road to Dignity report about the post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations. The report,defines 17 new development goals.These goals are the successors of the Millennium Development Goals that will expire in 2015.

The report of the United Nations acknowledges the need for press freedom to develop sustainable initiatives and achieving the new development goals. “Press freedom and access to information, freedom of expression, assembly and association are enablers of sustainable development” the report says.

Last year a coalition of international press freedom and media organisaties, under the leadership of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and article 19, pleaded to add press freedom in the new development goals. According to Leon Willems, Director of Free Press Unlimted and Chairman of GFMD: “We have been saying for some time that a free press and open access to information of all kinds are essential to achieving these goals, and it is very encouraging to see that the Secretary General shares that view.”

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