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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.


Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

I would like to share news from a recent online event I coordinated about Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The following is a piece published on the website of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.  It is available in Arabic, Chinese, French and Spanish. Direct link to website.


We are pleased to share a link to the archive and an excerpt of the online event “Libraries, Advocacy and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda” which supports the new IFLA Toolkit, “Libraries and the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda.” IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and the New Professionals SIG with the Management of Library Associations Section partnered with the American Library Association to present the one-hour webinar.

Libraries are extremely important for sustainable development, therefore it was of vital importance to present an online event featuring best practices and models to advocate for access to information.  Additionally, we would like to emphasize the continuing professional development element included in staying up-to-date with these matters relevant to place libraries in the national development agendas. Continuing development is key to develop skills for increased advocacy and visibility in the local community so that libraries can succeed in implementing the need of access of information and develop towards the future.

The new toolkit launched by IFLA which will help you to advocate to your national and regional policy makers to make sure that libraries and access to information are included as part of national and regional development plans that will contribute to meeting the global 2030 Agenda.  As these plans are developed, the library community in each country will have a clear opportunity to communicate to their government leaders how libraries serve as cost-effective partners for advancing their development priorities. Advocacy is essential now to secure recognition for the role of libraries as engines of local development, and to ensure that libraries receive the resources needed to continue this work. The process will be different in each country, and many have already decided how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be implemented nationally.  In order to help advocates, librarians and library associations show that they can drive progress across the entire 2030 Agenda, IFLA is encouraging all library advocates to take action now.

We invite our colleagues to listen to the recording of the webinar and see the presentation slides.

During the online event, Fiona Bradley, IFLA Manager of Development Programmes, discussed the new IFLA Toolkit. Although the process will be different in each country, the Toolkit will help those involved in national advocacy to:

Understand the UN 2030 Agenda process, and IFLA’s advocacy

Understand how the UN 2030 Agenda will be implemented at the national level

Organise meetings with policymakers to demonstrate the contribution libraries and access to information make to national development, and across the SDGs

Monitor the UN 2030 Agenda and implementation of the SDGs

Tell library users about the SDGs

Niclas Lindberg, Secretary General of the Swedish Library Association and member of the Management of Library Associations Section, provided information about how their library association strategized positioning libraries on the agenda of decision makers in their country. Their model included advocacy to support access to information on the SDGs, communication and meetings with members of the government and elected officials, and ongoing engagement with officers coordinating the national development agenda advocacy.

Loida Garcia-Febo, IFLA Governing Board Member, coordinated the online event and shared a first-hand account of advocacy at the United Nations during the Working Open Group meetings and Intergovernmental Negotiations which were the participatory mechanisms followed by the United Nations to produce the final document with the SDGs. She emphasized the powerful role played by IFLA members and advocates worldwide collaborating as a global team united by a common goal.

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. http://www.ifla.org/node/9850

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: http://www.ifla.org/node/9829  Twitter hashtag: #Next4Billion