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Five ways to show how libraries support the SDGs

A week today, SDG Action Week begins with an ‘SDG Moment’ at the United Nations General Assembly. Leaders of countries around the world will underline their commitment to delivery and set out their plans. But libraries are already acting. In this article, we we set out five ways in which you can ensure this is recognised.

11 September 2020 | Access to information, Advocacy, Development, SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, sustainable development goals

Literacy Cannot Wait: How Libraries Have Continued to Fulfil their Mission to Promote Literacy during COVID-19

Literacy is a foundational skill. With it, doors are opened to countless other opportunities to learn and grow. Even with few - or no - possibilities to offer activities in person during the pandemic, libraries have continued to support users to develop literacy. Happy Literacy Day!

7 September 2020 | Literacy and Reading, New professionals, Reading

Participation, Partnerships, Progress - Libraries Engaged in the SDGs in Costa Rica

The Sustainable Development Goals create valuable opportunities both for new links with governments, and focus within the library sector. We interviewed Lidiette Quirós Suiz to find out about the Costa Rican experience.

26 August 2020 | Access to information, Development, Costa Rica, SDGs

New Partnerships, Stronger Voice: Libraries Engage in Brazil's 2030 Agenda Work Group

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have provided a great framework both for libraries to think about their own services, and to engage with governments and build new partnerships. The Federation of Brazilian Library Associations (FEBAB) is a great example, recently joining the country's Agenda 2030 Work Group.

19 August 2020 | Access to information, Development, Brazil, SDGs

IFLA joins European Library Associations in Calling for Effective Support for Education, Research, Culture and Digital Inclusion

IFLA alongside EBLIDA, LIBER, NAPLE, and SPARC Europe has signed a joint letter calling on European leaders to reconsider their choices around the EU budget for 2021-27, and, in particular to do better for research, education, culture and digital inclusion.

6 August 2020 | Access to information, Cultural heritage, Digital inclusion, Europe, research

UN, Government and Civil Society Underline Need to Include Culture in post-COVID-19 Planning

IFLA, alongside partners from the Culture 2030 Goal Coalition, organised a successful side-event at the UN High-Level Political Forum, focusing on culture as an accelerator of development. Victoria Okojie, representing IFLA, underlined the particular contribution that libraries can make.

20 July 2020 | Access to information, Development, culture, sustainable development goals, #Culture2030Goal

Library Return on Investment - Review of Evidence from the Last 10 Years

Over the last few decades, libraries have been exploring various ways to assess and demonstrate their value and contribution to users and societies at large. Return on Investment is a commonly used method to demonstrate value - and a new publication by IFLA offers an overview of ROI studies in varous library sectors over the last 10 years.

16 July 2020 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Finances, Funding, Internet access, Library as place, Library collections, Library services, Lifelong learning

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

IFLA continues its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This update provides an overview of activities and resources, with a particular focus on the High Level Political Forum and the Voluntary National Reviews being presented, development accelerators, culture, and new data and analysis.

10 July 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

A Recognised Role: Libraries in UN Voluntary National Reviews

Ten UN Member States have highlighted the role of libraries in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals, through reports submitted as part of their Voluntary National Reviews. Furthermore, 3 of the 4 cities running Voluntary Local Reviews have done the same.

7 July 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, HLPF

Five Ways to Get Involved in the 2020 High Level Political Forum

Thanks to restrictions linked to COVID-19, the 2020 High Level Political Forum will take place online, meaning more opportunities than ever before to engage from around the world. IFLA headquarters will be participating - and here we share five ideas for how you can also.

6 July 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

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