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IFLA at the WSIS+20 Forum: Libraries for a more people-centered Internet

Last week the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event took place in Geneva from the 27 to the 31 of May. This event marked a significant milestone of twenty years of progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, which took place in two phases — Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005. Twenty years ago WSIS was the space that set an initial framework for global digital cooperation with a vision to build people-centric, inclusive, and development-oriented information and knowledge societies. Just as in the the past, IFLA attended this event to continue its ongoing involvement in this process since its foundation at the 2003 Geneva Summit; and engaged in diverse multistakeholder discussions to highlight the crucial role that libraries play as key actors of the information society. Read More

  • News
  • 03 June 2024

Health information is a right – new IFLA statement

Libraries of different types, through providing inclusive access to information can make a major contribution to making the right to health a reality. Governments, in turn, can and should help realise this potential through law, regulation and funding, as a new statement from IFLA underlines. Read More

  • News
  • 21 April 2024

Webinar – Rescuing our world from the harms of censorship: Providing access to information in unprecedented times

A webinar organized with the purpose of commemorating this year's "Banned Books Week" (1-7 Oct). IFLA Management of Library Associations (MLAS) in collaboration with IFLA's Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Advisory Committee (FAIFE) will be presenting a virtual Town Hall to discuss access to information under siege across the world, as well as best practices and strategies from library associations and librarians. Read More

  • Events
  • 15 September 2023

Defend net neutrality, defend access to culture

IFLA has joined Creative Commons and Europeana in signing an open letter to European lawmakers, underlining that proposals to impose fees on companies and institutions that share content online pose a real threat to libraries and others in their work to enforce cultural rights.  Read More

  • News
  • 08 June 2023

Why the right of access to information matters for development

IFLA has made a submission to a call by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression for evidence around the link between this freedom and sustainable development. This highlights the importance of freedom of access to information, and the role of libraries in making this meaningful and universal.  Read More

  • News
  • 09 February 2023