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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

Applications Open: UNESCO World Book Capital 2023

The call for applications for the title of UNESCO World Book Capital City 2023 is open. IFLA encourages cities with cities with strong and innovative policies supporting books and readings to apply.

12 Mars 2021 | Literacy and Reading, Literacy, Reading, UNESCO World Book Capital, World Book Capital City, World Book Capital

IFLA SDGs Update: March 2021

This update on libraries and the SDGs includes information on: the 2021 VNRs, the Regional SDG Fora and other UN meetings, the SDG Advocacy Toolkit, IFLA's Library Map of the World and Stat of the Week, Education for Sustainable Development, Library Advocate Personality Test, the SDG book club, and other useful IFLA and external tools.

10 Mars 2021 | Access to information, Development, SDGs

Informed, engaged, enabled: report of the IFLA side-event at the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

With access to information recognised as a key component of development in the UN 2030 Agenda, libraries have a powerful potential to contribute to success. A side event at the African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development provided the opportunity to explore further.

2 Mars 2021 | Africa, Access to information, Development, Africa, SDGs

Lessons learned for library advocacy from the 2008 crisis: Interview with Glòria Pérez-Salmerón

While difficult financial times almost certainly lie ahead for many countries, it is not inevitable that libraries must suffer. We talked to Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, IFLA President 2017-2019, in order to learn lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath that can help us be effective library advocates today.

16 Février 2021 | Advocacy, COVID-19, library advocacy

Lessons learned for library advocacy from the 2008 crisis: Interview with Claudia Lux, IFLA President 2007-2009

IFLA is launching a series of interviews looking to learn the lessons from the financial crisis of 2008, and its aftermath, for library advocacy today. In this post, we talk to former IFLA President Claudia Lux about her experiences and ideas, preceded by an introduction to the series by IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner.

9 Février 2021 | Advocacy, COVID-19

As UN Commission on Social Development focuses on digital inclusion, role of libraries highlighted

The United Nations has underlined the role of libraries in extending connectivity and building skills, ahead of discussions about how digital technologies can advance social development.

8 Février 2021 | Access to information, Digital inclusion, Social inclusion, sustainable development goals

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

Engaging with Politicians in Library Advocacy - Why and How

For many libraries, the world of politics can seem a long way away. However, if our institutions and profession are to get the support - both legal and financial - that we need, engaging with politicians is vital. We interviewed Steen Bording Andersen, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Danish Library Association and himself a politican, to find out more about how to do this?

28 Janvier 2021 | Advocacy, Denmark, library advocacy

Information Sustainability: Interview with Genilson Geraldo, Brazil

Throughout its advocacy around the Sustainable Development Goals, IFLA underlines the importance of information - and libraries as the institutions that provide meaningful access to it - in driving progress. We interviewed Genilson Geraldo, Federal University of Santa Catarina, to find out about work in Brazil to build understanding of the interaction between information and development.

20 Janvier 2021 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Development, SDGs, sustainable development goals

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