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Into Action: UN Regional Sustainable Development Forums Start Next Week

With a meeting in Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe, Africa will host the first of five regional meetings focused on the Sustainable Development Goals. Across these forums, IFLA will be working to make sure that governments, UN officials, experts and civil society groups hear about how libraries and access to information can play a transformative role in the Decade of Action.

20 February 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

Libraries’ Role as Core Cultural Services Highlighted in UN Text

The Declared Actions from the 10th meeting of the World Urban Forum, focusing on the role of culture and innovation in creating cities of opportunity, have underlined the contribution libraries can make to this goal as basic cultural services.

17 February 2020 | United Arab Emirates, local development, local government, culture, public services

Local Action, Global Impact: Lessons from the 10th World Urban Forum

IFLA participated in the 10th World Urban Forum, bringing together mayors, professionals, civil society and UN agencies in order to explore how to build stronger, fairer and more sustainable communities. Libraries are a key part of the picture.

13 February 2020 | United Arab Emirates, local government, local development, New Urban Agenda

IFLA Engages at UN to Share Library Action on Homelessness

IFLA is attending the Commission on Social Development of the United Nations, highlighting how effective library services can make a difference in finding solutions to homelessness.

10 February 2020 | Library Services to People with Special Needs, United States of America, Homelessness, Social Change, inclusion

Call for Candidates for World Book Capital 2022 Open

Interested cities and towns have until 25 June 2020 in order to submit their candidacies to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2020. IFLA encourages libraries to approach their local authorities to explore whether they can support a bid.

27 January 2020 | Literacy and Reading, UNESCO World Book Capital, World Book Capital, World Book Capital City

Placing Information at the Heart of Good Governance: Government Libraries Conference

On 5-6 December 2019, the IFLA Government Libraries Section organised a conference on 'Informed Parliaments, Engaged Citizens, Effective Governments'. Participants from around the world explored the changing roles of information and decision-makers, and how libraries could help.

6 December 2019 | Government Libraries, Access to information, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, SDG16, Good Governance

IFLA President Underlines Role of Libraries in Successful Local Development

For many libraries, good relationships with local town halls and councils are essential. But as IFLA President Christine Mackenzie set out in interventions at the World Congress of Local and Regional Leaders, libraries can also be key partners for success.

5 December 2019 | Access to information, South Africa, local government, right to the city, local development

Towards the Decade of Delivery: Focus of 2020 High Level Political Forum Announced

The United Nations has agreed on the theme for the 2020 High Level Political Forum, focusing on accelerating actions to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals with only ten years to go until they should be achieved. IFLA and libraries are ready to engage.

4 December 2019 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals, SDGs, HLPF

IFLA Secretary General Urges Africa’s Governments to Engage Libraries in Development Efforts

At the Third Roundtable Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Libraries in Africa, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner underlined the scope for libraries to deliver on the goals set out in the Africa 2063 and UN 2030 Agendas, and called on governments to seize the opportunity.

3 December 2019 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, Africa, African Union, SDGs, sustainable development goals

Palaces for the People: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Public Library Manifesto

Today we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the current edition of the Public Library Manifesto. This document, agreed by IFLA and the Member States of UNESCO, places public libraries at the heart of efforts to promote education, democracy and participation in culture.

29 November 2019 | Access to information, Public Libraries, public library manifesto

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