Information Access as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development in Asia: Establishing Regional Agreement in Asia

Number 02

Access to environmental information is vital for promoting policies and measures conducive to sustainable development. It influences people's behaviour and promotes environmental responsibility and ensures that public decision-making is more environmentally sound. In Asia, however, the disclosure of information on the environment is limited. European countries promote information disclosure according to the Aarhus Convention. Latin American countries do the same in the pursuance of strategies adopted under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The situation in Asia is lagging behind and Asian countries see many challenges for establishing freedom of information laws. The region must collaborate now to develop a policy instrument that promotes the disclosure of information on the environment and sustainable development.