The UN STI Forum, a sub-group of the Economic and Social Committee, meets annually to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs. It is a chance to underline the need for smart implementation of smart technologies, in order to ensure that all can benefit. 

IFLA will be there – represented by IFLA President 2015-17 Donna Scheeder – speaking on a panel on smart cities as well as attending other sessions. With Sustainable Development Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities) in focus, it is a good time to underline the need for libraries as institutions that can, through meaningful access to information, make the bridge between technology and better lives for all.