16 Février 2019

Libraries Help Local Government Deliver Rights and Development: IFLA Submission to Human Rights Council

​​Through providing access to information and skills in a welcoming environment, as well as working as a platform for partnerships, libraries can make a reality of human rights and sustainable development. IFLA has underlined what can be done in a submission to the Human Rights Council.

First page of IFLA submission on libraries, local government, human rights and sustainable development

The United Nations Human Rights Council has an important role in gathering evidence and making recommendations on how rights can be guaranteed.

Both through focusing on specific rights - including the right of freedom of expression for example - and on specific actors, it produces valuable ideas.

In this context, and following a Resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council (39/7), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for evidence on means by which local governments can promote human rights and sustainable development.

Given libraries' unique role in local communities, either as part of, or in partnership with, local government, IFLA has taken the opportunity to share examples of how our institutions can help achieve progress.

IFLA's submission highlights not only how libraries can raise awareness of human rights and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Agenda, but also of how they can help achieve these goals at a local level.

In short, libraries offer an excellent means for local governments to deliver.

IFLA looks forward to the report that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will prepare on this topic. 

Read IFLA’s submission.

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