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Ombudsmen Globally

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the subsequent rapid development of the pandemic have had a huge impact on all of us, but it has had a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable in our societies. The Ombudsman’s role is crucial in making sure people have access to the public services they need and that these services are delivered fairly. In a resolution adopted by the IOI Board of Directors on 18 May 2020, the IOI speaks out on this issue and calls on all Ombudsman institutions to redouble their efforts.
UNESCO has kicked off a global survey on public access to information within its efforts to assist countries to report on Sustainable Development Goal 16, particularly on its Target 16.10 which recognizes the contribution of access to information to justice, peace and strong institutions. Using SDG Indicator 16.10.2, the survey will track progress on the adoption and implementation of constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public access to information around the world.
On Wednesday, 3 June 2020, GANHRI in cooperation with UNHCR will host a webinar on protecting forcibly displaced persons in the COVID-19 context and the role and experience of NHRIs and opportunities for collaboration with UNHCR. Save the date!