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Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - March 2020

IFLA is continuing in its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This update, distributed to participants in IFLA's International Advocacy Programme, provides an overview of activities and resources in the past weeks.

27 March 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

A Clear Contribution: Libraries Engage at African SDG Forum

Libraries were well represented at the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development on 24-27 February. Through formal sessions, intense advocacy and a successful side-event, library speakers underlined the message that libraries – and access to information – are essential for development.

6 March 2020 | Access to information, Africa, sustainable development goals, UN 2030 Agenda

Better Decisions from Town Halls to Households: IFLA Participates in UCLG Retreat

The importance of both information skills and cultural public spaces was clear at a recent meeting of local government leaders and thinkers. IFLA was there to underline how libraries can contribute.

4 March 2020 | Morocco, local government, sustainable development goals

Accelerating Development, Transforming Lives in Africa: IFLA Promotes Libraries at African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

Having access to information and the skills to use it can unlock development potential, and make the difference in achieving the SDGs. At the first of five regional fora on sustainable development, IFLA representatives, including former IFLA Governing Board Member Victoria Okojie, will be presenting about how libraries contribute to success.

25 February 2020 | Access to information, Africa, sustainable development goals

Books Beyond Bars: Why Focus on Prison Libraries? An interview with Lisa Krolak, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

Without doubt, prisons are some of the toughest environments where libraries can be found, working with users who face complex problems. Yet by helping to develop new skills and prepare inmates for life outside, they can potentially have a huge impact. To find out more, we interviewed Lisa Krolak, Chief Librarian at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Germany.

24 February 2020 | Library Services to People with Special Needs, Access to information, Library services, Prison libraries, special needs

Into Action: UN Regional Sustainable Development Forums Start Next Week

With a meeting in Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe, Africa will host the first of five regional meetings focused on the Sustainable Development Goals. Across these forums, IFLA will be working to make sure that governments, UN officials, experts and civil society groups hear about how libraries and access to information can play a transformative role in the Decade of Action.

20 February 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

Libraries’ Role as Core Cultural Services Highlighted in UN Text

The Declared Actions from the 10th meeting of the World Urban Forum, focusing on the role of culture and innovation in creating cities of opportunity, have underlined the contribution libraries can make to this goal as basic cultural services.

17 February 2020 | United Arab Emirates, local development, local government, culture, public services

Local Action, Global Impact: Lessons from the 10th World Urban Forum

IFLA participated in the 10th World Urban Forum, bringing together mayors, professionals, civil society and UN agencies in order to explore how to build stronger, fairer and more sustainable communities. Libraries are a key part of the picture.

13 February 2020 | United Arab Emirates, local government, local development, New Urban Agenda

IFLA Engages at UN to Share Library Action on Homelessness

IFLA is attending the Commission on Social Development of the United Nations, highlighting how effective library services can make a difference in finding solutions to homelessness.

10 February 2020 | Library Services to People with Special Needs, United States of America, Homelessness, Social Change, inclusion

Call for Candidates for World Book Capital 2022 Open

Interested cities and towns have until 25 June 2020 in order to submit their candidacies to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2020. IFLA encourages libraries to approach their local authorities to explore whether they can support a bid.

27 January 2020 | Literacy and Reading, UNESCO World Book Capital, World Book Capital, World Book Capital City

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