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Recognising libraries as SDG implementation partners in 2021, Part 3: experiences in engaging in the Voluntary National Review process

In the third and final story in our series focusing on reviews of implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2021, we hear from libraries in four countries about their experience of engaging in this process.

2 August 2021 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, Voluntary National Reviews

Recognising Libraries as SDG Implementation Partners in 2021, Part 2: At the Heart of Local Delivery

2021 has not just ben a record year for libraries in Voluntary National Reviews – it has also seen the highest share yet of Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) recognise the contribution of libraries to delivering the SDGs. We review these documents, and how they underline the breadth of library contributions to achieving the SDGs.

20 July 2021 | Development, Digital inclusion, local government, SDGs

Recognising Libraries as SDG Implementation Partners in 2021, Part 1: A Record Year for Voluntary National Reviews

The processes created for monitoring and supporting the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals offer important opportunities for libraries to engage with decision-makers, gain recognition, and shape priorities. In the first of three pieces, we look at Voluntary National Reviews, with almost 44% of reports published referring to libraries – a new record.

13 July 2021 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

Partnerships to realise the potential of culture for SDG success: HLPF Side-Event Report

Culture, art and heritage play a vital part in the lives of individuals and societies, contributing not just to key policy objectives such as wellbeing and employment, but to the whole range of development goals. An IFLA co-organised side-event at the 2021 United Nations High-Level Political Forum saw speakers explore how to maximise this contribution through partnerships.

11 July 2021 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

U20 Communiqué establishes priorities closely aligned to library strengths

Earlier this month, the communiqué of the Urban-20 summit – a meeting of mayors of leading cities around the world, in the context of the Italian G20 Presidency – was released. It calls for action in a number of areas of core library work.

29 June 2021 | Development, Digital inclusion, local government

From usage to impact: showing how public libraries make a difference - interview with Christian Lauersen, Roskilde Public Library

A recent report from Denmark has shone a new light on the different ways in which public libraries make a difference to people's lives, and how we can measure this. We interviewed Christian Lauersen, Director, Roskilde Public Library, to find out more.

2 June 2021 | Impact, Denmark, Public Libraries, evaluation

Timely, sustainable, and more necessary than ever: Webinar on libraries, open access and infodemics

The pandemic has underlined the importance of access to information for all, but at the same time, the risks of misinformation. Libraries have a huge potential to contribute, as highlighted in a webinar organised by participants in the IFLA-Goethe Institut Emerging International Voices Programme.

31 May 2021 | Access to information, Information literacy, Open access, COVID-19

Teaching Advocacy: an Interview with Raphaelle Bats

Strengthening the global voice of libraries by making every librarian an advocate is a key part of IFLA's Strategy. But how can we teach advocacy? We interviewed Raphaelle Bats, France, to find out about her experiences.

27 May 2021 | Advocacy, Communications, France, library advocacy

No Culture No Future | #Culture2030goal Campaign launches its strategy document

If you believe that there is no future without culture and that the cultural ecosystems should be integrated in both short-term recovery and long-term development strategies, support the #Culture2030goal campaign.

21 May 2021 | Cultural heritage, Development, Culture2030Goal, SDGs

Realising the Potential of Open for Equitable, Resilient Recovery

At a side-event to the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum 2021, held on 5 May, speakers shared their insights on where work is needed to ensure that openness acts as a driver of sustainable development.

11 May 2021 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

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