Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 179 Targets spanning economic, environmental and social development. They lay out a plan for all countries to engage actively in making our world better for its people, with no-one left behind.

Libraries are key institutions for achieving the Goals. Over the last few years, IFLA has been actively involved with the creation of the UN 2030 Agenda, advocating for the inclusion of access to information, safeguarding of cultural heritage, universal literacy, and access to information and communication technologies (ICT) in the framework.

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 a final version of the post-2015 Development Agenda – now known as the 2030 Agenda. This Agenda was adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at a historic UN Summit.

In the UN 2030 Agenda, access to information has been recognised as a target under Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels:

Target 16.10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.

Culture (target 11.4) and ICT (targets 5b, 9c, 17.8) have also been included in the SDGs.

Half of the world’s population lacks access to information online. In our knowledge society, libraries provide access and opportunity for all.

And, universal literacy is recognised in the vision for the UN 2030 Agenda.

We envision…a world with universal literacy.

The International Advocacy Programme (IAP)

Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda

IFLA’s consistent position is that access to information is essential in achieving the SDGs, and that libraries are not only key partners for governments but are already contributing to progress towards the achievement of the 17 Goals.

For this reason, IFLA launched the International Advocacy Programme (IAP) in 2016, a new capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The objectives of the IAP are to:

  • Raise the level of awareness on the SDGs of library workers at community, national and regional levels, and to promote the important role libraries can play in development by contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs;
  • Increase the participation of library associations and public library representatives in advocacy work at national and regional levels to secure sustainable public access to information through library services and programmes.

Learn more about the IAP

Access to information, Advocacy, Development, IAP, UN 2030 Agenda, UN SDGs

Last update: 20 January 2017

Latest News

La IFLA firma acuerdos con 50 países para trabajar de manera conjunta en la inclusión de las Bibliotecas en los Planes Nacionales de Desarrollo

En este momento, el Programa Internacional de Promoción y Defensa de la Profesión -Advocacy- (IAP, por sus siglas en inglés) de la IFLA está en pleno desarrollo. “50 países se han unido a la IFLA en este camino, y ya se están observando los avances en la promoción y apoyo al rol que las bibliotecas pueden desempeñar en la planificación e implementación de la Agenda 2030 de la ONU y los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible”, sostiene Donna Scheeder, Presidenta de la IFLA.

22 December 2016 | Access to information, Development, IFLA, Libraries and Development, UN 2030 Agenda, UN SDGs, IAP

IFLA signs agreements with 50 countries to work towards getting Libraries included in National Development Plans

IFLA’s capacity-building International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is now fully underway. “50 countries have joined IFLA in this journey, and are already making progress towards promoting and supporting the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, IFLA President Donna Scheeder.

21 December 2016 | Access to information, Development, IFLA, Libraries and Development, UN 2030 Agenda, UN SDGs, IAP

Launch of IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme with four Regional Workshops

Libraries, Development, and the Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda The International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is a new IFLA capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

8 December 2016 | Access to information, Development, IFLA, Libraries and Development, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, IAP

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