VIDEO: Watch Lalanath de Silva of TAI discuss UNEP’s new Access to Information policy at UNEA in Nairobi!
After the announcement of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) new access to information policy, The Access Initiative and over 150 CSOs worldwide expressed the need for immediate reform. At the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on 23-27 June in Nairobi, Lalanath de Silva of TAI raised his concerns to UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, about the policy’s lack of true transparency. Mr.
Thank you Mr. Chair for giving me an opportunity to speak. My name is Daniel Barragan from the Ecuadorian Center for Environmental Law. I will be sharing the floor with Danielle Andrade from the Jamaica Environment Trust. Both members of The Access Initiative.
This article was originally posted on WRI Insights on 23 June, 2014.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released its first-ever access to information policy last week. The pilot policy—which will be revised after its first year—aims to “enhance transparency and openness” in the organization’s work. But despite its noble aspirations, the policy falls far short of providing true transparency.
The Access Initiative network has been in existence for 14 years. We at the Secretariat are very proud of the accomplishments of the network, our partners and friends. The TAI Core Team leadership has made a decision to open up TAI to new organizations and individual members. This is for many reasons including: • to keep renewing our network with fresh views and ideas, • scale our impact at the national and international level • Ensure we do not lose champions when they change jobs, and • Build a more effective, sustainable and action-oriented network.