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Part 1 — OpenCon 2018: Access for all? Equity of access to information, social inclusion, and the UN 2030 Agenda
23 Oct 2018 -  In 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously adopted resolution A/RES/70/1, Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute a robust agenda to build a better future for all people in the planet. Access to information is a specific target under Goal 16, target 10, striving to ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements. Equity of access to information, even though not directly mentioned, is the foundation for achieving several of the SDGs, most notably SDG 10, target 10.2 which undertakes to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. It is against this backdrop that the conference seeks to create an opportunity for key policy makers and practitioners in the areas of equitable access to information, open data, open educational resources and open knowledge, to engage and share their responses and actions on facilitating the UN 2030 Agenda through information sharing and informed citizenry.

This conference is part of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library START (Skills and Technology Accelerating Rapid Transformation) conference series.

Welcome remarks:

• Mr. Thanos Giannakopoulos, Chief Librarian, UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library
• Mr. Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC; Lead Organizer and Co-Founder of OpenCon

Opening keynote: An Exploration of EU & US Policies on Open Science: Rationale, Goals and Milestones

• Ms. Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
• Mr. Jean-Claude Burgelman, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Open Data Policies and Science Cloud
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