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Transparency Task Force Meeting, Cancun 2005

February 24, 2005 - February 25, 2005
Cancun, Mexico

Third International Conference of Access to Information Commissioners convened in Cancun in 2005 to discuss the issues of transparency and access to public information,and how they have have become fundamental topics, indissoluble of political and social change in the world. 

As corollary of the new democratic wave of the last part of the 20th century, both subject matters arecompulsory in the political agenda of every nation. This is not merely causal: once the nations consolidate an open regime and agree upon the rules of the game of access to power, typical subject matters of the‘second generation’ come up immediately. Then the discussion isn’t just access to power but how to
exercise and control democratic power. And, in the core of this new dilemma we find transparency andaccess to information. Such reasons —circumstantial to democratization— have conformed a true international movement in 50 countries that have approved access to information Laws and 30 other that are in a process of adopting legislations in such matter.