Human development in the coming decades will depend on people’s access to information. Ground- breaking new media and technology are enabling major expansion of economic, social and political progress.

We believe that freedom of expression and access to independent media are essential to democratic and economic development. Freedom of speech and the media are means to advance human development and are ends in their own right.

TRAC FM has joined dozens of development media organisations to call on the Open Working Group to fully integrate the governance recommendations of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons Report (A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development) into the proposed Post- 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in relation to its recommendations to:

• Establish a specific goal to “ensure good governance and effective institutions”

• Include as components of this goal a clause to "ensure people enjoy freedom of speech, association, peaceful protest and access to independent media and information" and to "guarantee the public's right to information and access to government data"

Read more on the Article 19 website