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.
In 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.
This week I am at the United Nations in New York advocating for access to information at the #post2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations. Here I am sharing an article posted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) about our advocacy efforts this past February. Excerpt from the intervention by IFLA President-Elect, Donna Scheeder:
I wanted to remind delegates that in moving forward we must pay attention to a different kind of poverty that has not been mentioned much here – information poverty.
Information and knowledge really are the foundation for making progress towards sustainable development. Without access to information, people will lack the means to take the crucial decisions needed to improve their lives.
Increased access to information is a cross-cutting issue that will contribute to the achievement of all goals – whether in health, education, transparency and accountability: all goals will benefit from people being able to know more about how to achieve them.
And we – libraries – can help you get there. There are over 320,000 public libraries worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of school and research libraries – in all of your countries. Librarians are skilled information professionals who can be strong partners in increasing access to information. And we can help people gain the information literacy skills needed to improve their lives.
So when considering how we do this, let’s make sure we use the institutions who can help open up the datasets, knowledge resources and provide access to the ICTs people need to achieve sustainable development.
We look forward to being partners in the data revolution and helping us get to 2030 in great shape.”
During this year, as a member of IFLA‘s Governing Board, I am collaborating with the IFLA team to advocate for access to information during the meetings of the U.N. Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have been successful in strategizing and partnering with civil society groups to ensure that access to information stayed on the final outcome document to be used for a new post2015 development framework.
Read more about IFLA’s activities here, and on the following posts:
UN Open Working Group’s Final Report Recognizes Access to Information
IFLA Continues to Engage at the UN Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals
Twelfth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
10th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals Tackles ‘Peaceful, No-violente Societies, Rule of Law’
REFORMA/Webjunction first-ever webinar: Using Social Media to Make the Case for Supporting Library Services.
View the archived webinar, audio, slides, chat, related links and discussion at http://www.webjunction.org/community-relations/articles/content/86131538.
Speakers: Meredith Farkas, Head of Instructional Initiatives at Norwich University; Fiona Bradley, IFLA Programme Coordinator ALP; Marci Merola, Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy; Max Macias, Serials Technician at Portland Community College; and Loida Garcia-Febo, Assistant Coordinator New Americans Program and Special Services at Queens Library.