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The importance of access to information to achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

On 19 April, during the Second Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development in Santiago, Chile, ECLAC’s Hernán Santa Cruz Library hosted a side event in partnership with IFLA: “The importance of access to information to achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean”. As a highlight of IFLA’s participation at the Forum, is the inclusion of access to information and culture in the text of the Civil Society declaration read in the afternoon of the same day.

21 Abril 2018 | Latin America and the Caribbean, Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Latin America and the Caribbean, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

IFLA Congratulates New Senior Staff at UNESCO

As the leading UN institution working on education, science and culture, UNESCO is a key partner for libraries. IFLA already engages with the institution across a wide variety of issues, from cultural heritage at risk to Internet universality. The announcement of four new senior appointments in key sectors – in education, culture and communications and information, as well as a new Deputy Director-General – is therefore a useful opportunity to reaffirm these relationships.

12 Abril 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Education, Information literacy, Preservation, UNESCO

Sustainable Development Needs Smart Citizens: IFLA to Take Active Role at UN SDG Forum in Santiago

Libraries promote an inclusive model of development by giving all individuals the information they need to learn, find work, and live healthy lives. This requires the right policies not just globally, but also at the regional, national and local levels. This is the message IFLA will be bringing to the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018, held in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on 17-20 April 2018.

11 Abril 2018 | Latin America and the Caribbean, Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Latin America and the Caribbean, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

Tell us your story: IFLA’s “Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Storytelling Manual” is now published

This practical guide was designed to help librarians and library advocates in telling compelling stories about library activities, projects and programmes, showing their impact on communities and people’s lives.

10 Abril 2018 | Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Library Map of the World, Storytelling, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, IAP, ILP

Informed and Empowered Citizens in Asia-Pacific: Making the Case for Libraries at the UN

At the heart of success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be resilience. Regions, countries, communities and individuals all need to have the resources – and the information – necessary to deal with a changing and unpredictable world. This was the key message from the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, the second of five regional meetings on the SDGs in preparation for this year’s High Level Political Forum. IFLA was there.

6 Abril 2018 | Asia and Oceania, Access to information, Development, Asia and Oceania, Sustainable Development Agenda

Supporting Quality Information: IFLA, Publishers' Organisations Issue Joint Press Release

Production of, and access to ideas, information and knowledge are essential to scientific progress and broader well-being. With publishers and libraries both involved in delivering this, it is important to ensure dialogue and coordinated action on shared concerns. A shared press release highlights common priorities and actions.

15 Marzo 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, WIPO, Preservation

Women and Libraries: Marking International Women's Day

Women are central to the well-being of any society. In turn, meaningful access to information and the defence of cultural rights is central to the empowerment of women. Meeting these needs is a major contribution of the library field.

9 Marzo 2018 | Women, Information and Libraries, Access to information, women, Gender equality, cultural rights

The Road to New York: Preparations Begin for the 2018 High Level Political Forum

The Road to New York: Preparations Begin for the 2018 High Level Political Forum In the first of five regional forums on the Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of access to information as a driver of progress was clear. Delegates from Europe and North America, meeting in Geneva on 1-2 March, heard about the contribution of libraries to building sustainable cities and communities, and met with library representatives.

6 Marzo 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Development, Disadvantaged people, Switzerland, Sustainable Development Agenda

Sustainable, Resilient Communities: IFLA Submits Views for SDG 11 Position Paper

IFLA works through the NGO Major Group - a network of non-governmental organisations active at the UN - in order to make our voice heard. With SDG 11 - sustainable cities and communities - in focus this year, IFLA has submitted comments for the Major Group's position paper on this essential SDG

28 Febrero 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Development, Sustainable Development Agenda

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