Joint Statement by Canada and the Netherlands on the launch of the Global Declaration on Information Integrity Online


September 20, 2023 – New York, United States - Global Affairs Canada

Information integrity is essential to help ensure the strength of democratic processes and to protect fundamental rights. The erosion of information integrity, including the propagation of disinformation, weakens the strength of democratic engagement because it hinders open public debate on important issues that affect all of us. Countries are coming together as a concrete step towards the development of international norms for addressing information integrity online that is rooted in democratic values.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and Her Excellency Hanke Bruins Slot, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands launched the Global Declaration on Information Integrity Online, endorsed by:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. Chile
  7. Costa Rica
  8. Czechia
  9. Denmark
  10. Dominican Republic
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Georgia
  15. Germany
  16. Iceland
  17. Ireland
  18. Italy
  19. Japan
  20. Kenya
  21. Latvia
  22. Lithuania
  23. Luxembourg
  24. Moldova
  25. Netherlands
  26. New Zealand
  27. North Macedonia
  28. Republic of Korea
  29. Slovakia
  30. Sweden
  31. Switzerland
  32. United Kingdom
  33. Uruguay
  34. United States

The Global Declaration draws from existing research, policy, and principles on safeguarding the information ecosystem to establish a set of high-level international commitments to serve as a framework and guide for governments to uphold information integrity online, including government engagement with industry. It also looks to help us strengthen our responses to the opportunities and challenges that generative artificial intelligence (AI) brings to the information ecosystem.

Participating countries have signalled that protecting information integrity online is one of the most important governance issues of our times and that they are committed to finding shared solutions.

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