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Five Ways to Get Involved in the 2020 High Level Political Forum

Thanks to restrictions linked to COVID-19, the 2020 High Level Political Forum will take place online, meaning more opportunities than ever before to engage from around the world. IFLA headquarters will be participating - and here we share five ideas for how you can also.

6 July 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

Culture2030Goal Coalition Members Welcome UN General Assembly President’s Endorsement of Statement on Culture and COVID-19

IFLA, alongside other members of the Culture 2030 Goal Coalition, has strongly welcomed the endorsement offered by the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly for the statement on culture and COVID-19.

1 July 2020 | Cultural heritage, Development, COVID-19

Tell us how you missed us: How user testimonials are supporting library advocacy in Australia and Germany

The need to stop in-person services at many libraries has brought into stark relief how important a part of peoples lives they are, as well as highlighting the resourcefulness of libraries in finding new ways to offer services. Library associations in Australia and Germany are looking to ensure that these experiences are well documented to support future advocacy.

22 June 2020 | Advocacy, Australia, Germany, COVID-19

Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - June 2020

Despite the lock-down, IFLA has continued its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This update provides an overview of activities and resources over the past months, especially around Voluntary National Reviews, High-Level Political Forum, Development Accelerators, UN75, Culture and the SDGs, Library Data, Homelessness, Access to Justice, Open Government and more!

16 June 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

Celebrating Africa Day 2020

IFLA is celebrating Africa Day 2020, highlighting the contribution that Africa's libraries make to the continent's development, as well as highlighting the ideas, resources and insights available on the IFLA website thanks to the work of our African members.

25 May 2020 | Africa, Access to information, Development, Africa, sustainable development goals, African Union 2063 Agenda, Library Map of the World

In Times of Trouble, Read! Eight Things to Do on World Book Day!

World Book Day 2020 would have been a special event anyway, marking 25 years since the first celebration in 1995. But this year’s celebration will be particularly special. We look both at how libraries help meet the goals of this year's celebration - combatting isolation and loneliness - and offer eight ways you can celebrate!

23 April 2020 | Literacy and Reading, Literacy, Reading, UNESCO

Place Culture at the Heart of the Response to COVID-19 argues new statement signed by IFLA

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined how much so many of us rely on culture for strength and comfort at difficult times. With the right support from government, it can not only contribute now, but also make for a stronger recovery for all, as argued in a new statement from the #Culture2030Goal campaign.

20 April 2020

Sanctuary and Support: IFLA Promotes Role of Libraries at UN Meeting on Homelessness

IFLA attended the 58th Session of the UN Commission on Social Development on 10-19 February 2020. With a specific focus for the first time on homelessness, it provided an opportunity to highlight the importance of access to libraries for people experiencing homelessness, and how libraries can help.

15 April 2020 | Library Services to People with Special Needs, Disadvantaged persons, Marginalised populations, Social inclusion, United States of America, Homelessness, Libraries and homelessness

Update on IFLA's Work on Sustainable Development - March 2020

IFLA is continuing in its work around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This update, distributed to participants in IFLA's International Advocacy Programme, provides an overview of activities and resources in the past weeks.

27 March 2020 | Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals

A Clear Contribution: Libraries Engage at African SDG Forum

Libraries were well represented at the African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development on 24-27 February. Through formal sessions, intense advocacy and a successful side-event, library speakers underlined the message that libraries – and access to information – are essential for development.

6 March 2020 | Access to information, Africa, sustainable development goals, UN 2030 Agenda

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