The COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures taken in response by governments are having a significant impact on the cultural sector.

Libraries have needed to adapt rapidly in order to fulfil their missions, while in other fields, creators have found themselves deprived of their means of making a living, often with little or no government support.  

All face uncertainty in the future, with governments likely to seek savings in order to pay for the stimulus packages currently being implemented.

Yet with culture making a major contribution to development – as highlighted by the work of the boarder #Culture2030Goal campaign of which IFLA is a member – the sector needs to be seen as central to planning for the recovery.

The #Culture2030Goal statement underlines this point, calling on decision-makers to support culture now and into the future, and to integrate it fully into plans to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

This webinar, organised by the campaign, presents the statement, and calls for further signatories in order to strengthen the message to the UN and its members.

You can watch the webinar on IFLA’s YouTube channel, live, from 5pm to 6pm on 21 May (see what time this is for you here). Find out more about the webinar in the official flyer.