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Libraries, Minority Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: IFLA contributes to an OHCHR call for inputs

The key theme of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is “Leaving No-one Behind”; the pandemic has highlighted the urgency of addressing disproportionate barriers and disparities that various minority groups are experiencing. An IFLA input to a UN Human Rights Council consultation examines the role of access to information in facilitating minority rights within the context of sustainable development, and ways that libraries support it.

10 Juin 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Human rights, Minority groups, Multicultural populations, OHCHR

Libraries supporting human rights: good practices and key trends from Eswatini, Greece and Ireland

IFLA has submitted contributions for the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Reviews of Eswatini, Greece and Ireland, working with local partners. These demonstrate how libraries are delivering on rights, as well as highlighting overall trends and priorities.

30 Mars 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Disadvantaged persons, Human rights, Universal Periodic Review

Access to Information as a Dimension of Development: Supporting and Enabling Fundamental Human Rights

Meaningful access to information – including access infrastructure, user skills, relevant content, supportive policy frameworks – helps deliver on people’s civil, economic, social and cultural rights. IFLA’s response to a recent OHCHR questionnaire highlights good practices and insights from the library field on how to maximise and deliver on this potential.

16 Mars 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Digital inclusion, Human rights, OHCHR

Libraries and Open Data in 2021: Access, Skills, Engagement

6 March 2021 marks the annual Open Data Day. This international celebration brings together a wide range of stakeholders – from librarians and public servants to developers and statisticians – to showcase creative uses and benefits of open data to drive development and help address today’s societal challenges.

6 Mars 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Democracy, Government information

Media and Information Literacy as a Reponse to Disinformation

IFLA has responded to a call for inputs, issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, about the human rights impacts of measures against disinformation.

23 Février 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Human rights, Information literacy, Media literacy, OHCHR

IFLA Deeply Concerned by Reports of Restrictions on Access to Information in Myanmar

Following reports of internet shutdowns and other restrictions on access to information in Myanmar, IFLA's President and Secretary General have issued the below statement.

9 Février 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Myanmar

Access to information at the heart of the right to development

IFLA has responded to a consultation by the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Right to Development, highlighting the value of a focus on access to information as a driver of success in the Sustainable Development Goals.

2 Février 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Development, Right to Development, sustainable development goals

Human Rights, Internet Governance and the Global Library Field in 2021: A Look Ahead

The past year saw important developments in both the human rights and internet governance fields, with consequences for the work of libraries around the world. We look ahead to how IFLA plans to engage in the human rights and internet governance fields in 2021 – and how you can get involved!

25 Janvier 2021 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Digital inclusion, Human rights, Internet governance

Understanding Infodiversity: An Interview

A commitment to promoting access to information is a unifying factor across the global library field. In a changing information space, we interviewed Jonathan Hernández-Pérez to find out more about the concept of infodiversity and how it can help understand trends and developments.

12 Janvier 2021

Making the Decisions that Matter Better: IFLA Releases Statement on Open and Good Governance

IFLA has published a new statement on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations.

5 Janvier 2021 | Access to information, Open government, Government libraries, Library and Research Services for Parliaments

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