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International Conference of Information Commissioners

The International Conference connects Information Commissioners, Ombudspersons and other bodies charged with overseeing the implementation of Access to Public Information legislation, in order to foster the protection and the promotion of access to public information as a fundamental pillar to social, economic and democratic governance.

The International Conference of Information Commissioners first met in 2003 and has met regularly since then. In March 2019, the International Conference reached a milestone when it adopted its Governance Charter.

The Charter was adopted by resolution on 13 March 2019.




The ICIC’s vision is to be the global forum which connects member Information Commissioners responsible for the protection and promotion of access to information laws in order to improve transparency and accountability to the benefit of everyone.​



The ICIC’s mission is to share knowledge and best practices, to build capacity, to help identify what is needed for global progress and to act as a collective voice in international fora with a view to improving people’s right to public information and their ability to hold to account bodies that provide public functions.​



The ICIC adheres to the following values:

Respect and integrity


The goals of the ICIC are to:

  1. Protect and promote access to public information;
  2. Promote and support dialogue and mutual cooperation;
  3. Encourage the development and sharing of information and best practices, including peer learning;
  4. Undertake and support research on issues integral to access to public information;
  5. Develop the capacity of the ICIC;
  6. Help to develop the capacity of its registered members and increase membership ;
  7. Facilitate reflection and learning from case work on systemic issues;
  8. Act as a collective voice in the international community to raise awareness of issues that impact upon access to public information; and
  9. Promote the development and adoption of international standards in access to public information in all regions across the world, including the establishment of independent oversight bodies. 

Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024

The ICIC Johannesburg Charter



The Johannesburg Charter (hereafter, the ‘Charter’) was adopted on March 13, 2019 by resolution of the information commissioners present at the closed meeting of the International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The Charter establishes the governance framework of the ICIC. It sets out the guiding principles, the vision and the mission, the values, the goals, the role of the Conference, its membership, its governance structure and the rules governing the participation of its members.

Download the ICIC Johannesburg Charter




La Charte de Johannesburg (ci-après appelée « la Charte ») a été adoptée le 13 mars 2019 par résolution des commissaires à l’information présents à la réunion à huis clos de la Conférence Internationale des Commissaires à l’Information (CICI), qui s’est tenue à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud.


La Charte établit le cadre de gouvernance de la CICI. Elle énonce les principes directeurs, la vision et la mission, les valeurs, les objectifs, le rôle de la Conférence, sa composition, sa structure de gouvernance et les règles régissant la participation de ses membres.

Charte de Johannesburg de la CICI




El Estatuto de Johannesburgo (en adelante, el “Estatuto”) se adoptó el 13 de marzo de 2019 mediante resolución de los comisionados de información presentes en la sesión cerrada de la Conferencia Internacional de Comisionados de Información (ICIC) en Johannesburgo, Sudáfrica.


El Estatuto establece el marco de gobernanza de la ICIC. Establece los principios rectores, la visión y la misión, los valores, los objetivos, el papel de la Conferencia, su membresía, su estructura de gobierno y las normas que rigen la participación de sus miembros.

El Estatuto de Johannesburgo para la ICIC


Executive Committee Joint Statement

Meet the Executive Committee

Congratulations to Comisionada Presidente Blanca Lilia Ibarra Cadena and colleagues at the National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection of Mexico. ICIC members unanimously voted in favour of them to become the first elected Chair of the Executive Committee. INAI will also host the ICIC Secretariat.

The roles and responsibilities of the Executive Committee are very perse and include:

Chair and Secretariat
National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection
Our Executive Committee members:
Information and Data Protection Commissioner
Information Commission
Federal Commission for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Host 2025)
South Africa
Information Regulator
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Guarantor Body for the Right to Access the Information
Office of the Information Commissioner
Freedom of Information – Program Management Office of the Philippines (Host 2023)
United States
The Office of Government Information Services