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“Information Right Now!” is a European campaign, launched on 17th April 2012 and implemented by the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency - ERYICA in partnership with the Council of Europe. The campaign aims to raise awareness among young people, decision makers and media on the special role of youth information with regard to young people’s access to rights and – eventually – on the access to information as a right in itself for all young people.
Respect for democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms implies the right of all young people to have access to complete, objective, understandable and reliable information on all their questions and needs. This right to information has been recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and in the Recommendations N° (90) 7 and CM/Rec(2010)8 on Youth Information, as well as by the European Commission White Paper on Youth (2001).
The campaign objectives are:
- Young people to understand they have the right to information.
- Young people to understand they have a right to information and move them to find it in the Youth Information Centre.
- Together with young people, ask decision makers to guarantee their right to information.
On a decentralised level, the campaign consists of numerous activities of different scope and scale in all Council of Europe member countries, organised by local Youth Information Centres and Youth Workers, and tailored to the respective target audiences. The activities listed above as well as the Facebook page, the photo competition and the website will be coordinated centrally by ERYICA. Youth Ambassadors will act as European-wide testimonials of the campaign and should be actively involved. The 9th Conference of Ministers of the Council of Europe will be a prominent occasion to present the activities from the pan-European action day through a travelling photo exhibition along with other campaign events. Furthermore, the winners of the photo competition will be showcased in an exhibition.
The 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth will take place in St. Petersburg (Russian Federation) in September 2012. Main theme of the conference is “Young people's access to rights: development of innovative youth policies”. The campaign is elaborated through three sub-themes:
- Social inclusion of young people;
- Democracy, including e-Democracy;
- Living together in diverse societies.
Considering that youth information is both an essential right and a prerequisite for young people's access to their rights, in view of contributing to the success of the Conference of Ministers and the previous process leading to it, the Joint Coordinating Committee managing the partnership between the Council of Europe and ERYICA decided to support the "Information Right Now!" campaign on the young people's right to information.
Find Finnish version here: http://www.informationrightnow.eu/page/tietoja-kampanjasta
Find Swedish version here: http://www.informationrightnow.eu/page/om-kampanjen