26 August 2015

Call for examples: Libraries and the UN 2030 Agenda


In August 2015 after more than three years of negotiations and intense involvement from many stakeholders, including IFLA, the Member States of the United Nations agreed to the final version of the post-2015 Development Agenda, now known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

IFLA welcomes the 2030 Agenda and is pleased to see access to information, universal literacy, safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage, as well as access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) strongly represented across it.

To support libraries to advocate for the inclusion of access to information, ICT and culture in the 2030 Agenda IFLA has provided guidance on National Development Plans and a Toolkit

Booklet on the contribution of libraries to the 2030 Agenda

By early October 2015, IFLA will also develop a booklet about the role of libraries and the 2030 Agenda.

This booklet will:

  • Raise the profile of the contribution libraries make across the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs;
  • Support capacity building of libraries and library associations in their advocacy to include libraries, access to information, ICT and culture in national development plans.

The format of the booklet will include:

  • An overview of the 2030 Agenda and each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Examples, impact and pictures of library programmes and services that contribute to specified targets;
  • Suggestions for policymakers on what libraries can contribute in meeting the Goals.

Call for examples

IFLA is calling for examples to be added to the libraries and the 2030 Agenda booklet to ensure that the booklet represents the scope of the library and information services profession in all regions, library types and at all levels.

The examples we are looking for should be clearly linked to a specific SDG Goal and Target, have a clear impact on people and the community the library or service serves, and, ideally, be delivered either nationally or regionally through a number of libraries.

Please share your examples with us! If you have an example to contribute, please note the following guidelines:

  • The deadline for submissions is 14 September 2015
  • Please review the 2030 Agenda for details of the Goals and Targets, and the slides from the ALP session at the WLIC in Cape Town for some existing examples about the role of libraries across the Goals;
  • We are collecting examples for every Goal and from every type of library (academic, special, school, parliamentary, public, health, and other types of libraries);
  • Please include evidence of how the library or service offered has impacted people. This could include a URL to the library’s website, articles or research about the results, or data about the impact of the programme or library;
  • Please make sure that you have the correct permissions for any photos you share, and that they are high-quality;
  • Please provide details of a contact person, so that we can clarify any questions about your example;
  • You may contribute your example in any one of IFLA’s official languages in accordance with our language policy

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