UNESCO to make its publications available free of charge as part of a new Open Access policy

The United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has announced that it is making available to the public free of charge its digital publications and data. This comes after UNESCO has adopted an Open Access Policy, becoming the first agency within the United Nations to do so.

The new policy implies that anyone can freely download, translate , adapt, and distribute UNESCO's publications and data. The policy also states that from July 2013, hundreds of downloadable digital UNESCO publications will be available to users through a new Open Access Repository with a multilingual interface. The policy seeks also to apply retroactively to works that have been published.

In adopting this policy and making its output widely available on Open Access UNESCO is aligning its practice to its advocacy work for Open Access and strengthens its commitment to the universal access to information and knowledge.

Read the policy here