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Atlanta Declaration on the Freedom of Public Information

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Two months ago, the Carter Center hosted an important meeting -- which has just come to my attention --  to discuss the right to public information throughout the world. President Jimmy Carter chaired the International Conference on the Right to Public Information where 125 dignitaries from 40 countries met to discuss the challenge of establishing the right to information throughout the world, and grapple on how this right can be advanced.

The goals of the conference, as stated in the center's briefing book, were to reflect on the current status of the right to public information, consider the impact access to information has on development and governance, and to explore actions that could advance the implementation of public information laws. At the conclusion of the meeting, the participants collaborated on joint statement, the Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right of Access to Information, which the center just published a few weeks ago.

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