IFLA Toolkit: Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda (Revised version - March 2021)

Take action now so that libraries are recognised as partners for develoment!

The United Nations' 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals represent a comprehensive roadmap for stronger, fairer and greener development, agreed at the highest level.

It represents an opportnity for libraries to demonstrate, in new ways, and to new audiences, why libraries matter so much, and why they need to be supported.

To help you do this, IFLA has updated its toolkit to help you advocate for the incusion of libraries and access to information in development plans at all levels focused on delivering on the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

By engaging in these plans, you have the chance to ensure recognition of the role of libraries are essential partners for development, and in turn, use this to argue for the resources and laws you need to deliver. 

This work can help you build connectins and relationships with a new and wider range of decision-makers and stakeholders, by providing a framework and a language for talking about how libraries contribute to progress across a wide vareity of policy areas. 

We encourage all library associations and institutions to take action, and welcome your feedback, ideas and reports.

Please also see implementation examples from libraries worldwide

External resources

The Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network has recently published its advocacy toolkit providing national-level civil society stakeholders with guidance on how to engage with their governments and other local, regional or international stakeholders to support the planning, implementation, follow-up and accountability of Goal 16. IFLA has been actively involved in the TAP network and the drafting of the toolkit (also available in Español and français)


In September 2015, the United Nations (UN) endorsed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IFLA has been actively involved in the process of creating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the last years and has advocated for access to information, culture, access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs),culture and universal literacy, all of which can be found in the 2030 Agenda, throughout this time.

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Last update: 9 March 2021