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IFLA publications to support your work on the U.N. 2030 Agenda

IFLA has announced new publications to support the work libraries, librarians and library advocates do related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Our joint work will help our countries to meet the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

SDgsIn September 2015, the United Nations 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 the importance of access to information, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), culture and universal literacy, all of which have been included in the UN 2030 Agenda.

IFLA has produced a toolkit with customisable templates and a booklet to support you in your advocacy work. They can be used together, or separately:

Use the toolkit for background on the UN 2030 Agenda and to plan your advocacy;

Use the booklet and handout as documents you can take to meetings to give to government officials or coalition partners;

Send electronic versions of the booklet and handout to your members, your partners, and decision makers;

Re-print the booklet and handout for additional meetings.

More information and files for re-printing all documents can be found on the publication webpage.


Brief from the Sustainable Development Summit within the United Nations General Assembly

IMG_4232 (1)During these past weeks I’ve been advocating about libraries and access to information, along with colleagues from IFLA, at events related to the Sustainable Development Summit which took place as part of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). I was able to have meaningful conversations with UN Member States, representatives from NGOs, civil society, private corporations and public agencies. All the Summit events including opening, statements from countries and adoption of the SDGs should be available on the UN Web TV.

I was fortunate to have been approved by the U.N. to attend the Sunday morning Summit plenary at the UNGA Hall where Presidents and Prime Ministers gave statements supporting the SDGs goals and targets and shared what their countries are doing to establish and implement the SDGs. A number of them included remarks about Goal 16. The President from Bosnia and Herzegovina mentioned that the world in 2030 should be a place where we respect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction of any kind. The President of Bulgaria emphasized that Bulgaria will make every effort to foster peaceful and inclusive societies according to the rule of law. The Prime Minister of Italy said that his country is basing its national development plans on the five Ps and also peace keeping; they support Goal 16 just, peaceful and inclusive societies. The Prime Minister of Belgium expressed that freedom of expression, civil society and rule of law are very important to his country. Peace and security as well. He also said, “access to information for sustainable development should be encouraged,” which is a very positive statement for libraries and librarians because we provide access to millions around the globe.

On Tuesday, September 29, IFLA along with IREX and NYPL hosted Connecting the Next 4 Billion a successful reception to discuss why inclusive access to information and technology is imperative to meet the new development agenda, and how community spaces like libraries are already implementing this vision. I was happy to hear about how much attendees liked the event and the speakers. As a Governing Board Member of IFLA, it was fantastic to greet and engage in encouraging talks with attendees along with IFLA President Donna Scheeder, and IFLA Deputy Secretary General, Stuart Hamilton.

FullSizeRender (1)Although I’ve been advocating at the U.N. since January 2014 and my colleagues, our amazing global team and I are ecstatic that Target 16.10  of the SDGs reflects our advocacy efforts, I believe our work is only starting. We, the global library community, must continue working together to position libraries within the national development plans of each country. Together we can make it happen!

16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements

Libraries @ United Nations Sustainable Development Summit during the U.N. General Assembly

post-2015-summitEvents related to the Sustainable Development Summit, a high-level plenary meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, have started in New York City.

I am thrilled to be attending events during this week at the United Nations to continue advocating for access to information and libraries.

UNGA_guardianeventYesterday I went to an excellent event hosted by The Guardian at the UNESCO HQ. The Guardian Global Development Leaders Forum, “How to create the world we need post-2015,” was keynoted by Amina J. Mohammed, Special Advisor of the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations and David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee. You can see my tweets about it at @loidagarciafebo and you can follow everyone’s tweets using the hashtag #SDGLeaders @GuardianGDP

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions will be present during the Summit and the General Assembly.

More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the UN Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at UN headquarters in New York to formally adopt an ambitious new sustainable development agenda. This momentous agenda will serve as the launch pad for action by the international community and by national governments to promote shared prosperity and well-being for all over the next 15 years.

The opening ceremony, statements from each country, adoption of the sustainable development goals and more will be broadcast live on the UN Web TV Channel.

Follow the summit on twitter: #action2015 and #globalgoals.

Additionally, I am looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 29

IFLA, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), and the New York Public Library are hosting an evening reception to discuss why inclusive access to information and technology is imperative to meet the new development agenda, and how community spaces like libraries are already implementing this vision. IFLA President Donna Scheeder will be keynoting the event. More information:  Twitter hashtag: #Next4Billion

Successful new professional development series for Latin America and the Caribbean

I am pleased to share an article I published on the website of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) with Sueli Mara Ferreira, a colleague from the University of Brazil and IFLA LAC, about our teamwork to present a free professional development online series for Latin America and the Caribbean in Portuguese and Spanish. Below, I have included an excerpt. Read the entire article here.

More than 1,700 librarians and information professionals participated of anew series of free webinars presented in November 2014, in Portuguese and Spanish for Latin America and the Caribbean by IFLA’s Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) and the New Professionals Special Interest Group (NPSIG) in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Section (LAC) and the School of Information, Documentation and Library Sciences of the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Literature of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto Campus (USP) in Brazil.

The webinars represent an expansion of the successful series “New Professionals Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations” held since 2012 in English by CPDWL and NPSIG in partnership with the American Library Association.