The government has just announced that the country has joined the Partnership on Information and Democracy, which now has 43 signatory states.
On the occasion of a plenary meeting of the Economic and Social Council of Argentina devoted to digital threats to democracy, on Thursday, June 24th, 2021, the government announced that the country has joined the Partnership on Information and Democracy. Launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (2019), the Partnership now has 43 signatory states committed to promoting and implementing democratic principles in the digital space.
“Congratulations to Argentina for joining this multilateral effort,” said the chair of the Forum on Information and Democracy, Christophe Deloire, in a video message. “This is very good news for our ability to protect democratic public debate […] and an opportunity to develop systemic responses to disinformation, polarization, and wars on information.“
The Partnership was welcomed in the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Communiqué in May, which was endorsed at the level of Heads of State and Government in June, after being on the G7 agenda in 2019. The Initiative on Information and Democracy, initially launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is also supported by the Alliance for Multilateralism and has been welcomed by the Media Freedom Coalition.
In September 2021, on the margins of the UN General Assembly, a Summit on the Initiative on Information and Democracy will be held, which will be a key moment to bring together democratic countries and foster international cooperation on issues related to information chaos.