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Transforming the World Together: IFLA President and Secretary General Meet with China’s Librarians

The Library Society of China’s 2018 Conference, held on 31 May – 1 June in Langfang, China, provided a rich opportunity to engage librarians from across the country in building IFLA’s Global Vision. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón and Secretary General Gerald Leitner attended, speaking and meeting with the thousands of participants.

8 June 2018 | Access to knowledge, Development, China, IFLA Global Vision, IFLA WLIC

Inclusive Smart Cities: Not Without Libraries!

The growing role of technology in our daily lives can only be a force for inclusion if we have the tools necessary for everyone to benefit. In an event at the UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (UN STI Forum), IFLA President 2015-2017 Donna Scheeder underlined the role of libraries in ensuring no-one in our cities and communities is left behind.

6 June 2018 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, United States, Digital divide, inclusion

Practical Solutions to Global Challenges: Libraries Speak at Arab Sustainable Development Forum

Faced with major challenges around literacy and making best use of information and knowledge, the Arab world needs its libraries as much as ever. With them, development can work for everyone. IFLA attended the Arab Sustainable Development Forum (AFSD) 2018, underlining that political discussions had to be followed with practical action, and that in this, libraries were key players.

4 May 2018 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, Literacy, Lebanon, Sustainable Development Agenda

Securing the Past, Shaping the Future: IFLA President Visits Moscow

IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón speaking at a round table in Moscow Libraries today are faced with trends that can both pose a threat and promise an opportunity. Globalisation and digitisation are unstoppable and are being felt around the world. Yet this shared situation underlines the value for libraries of working together to achieve our vision. This message came out clearly from a seminar held on 20 April in Moscow, with the participation of IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmerón.

26 April 2018 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Preservation, Russian Federation, Sustainable Development Agenda

La importancia del acceso a la información para alcanzar el desarrollo sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe

El 19 de abril, durante la Segunda Reunión del Foro de los Países de América Latina y el Caribe sobre el Desarrollo Sostenible realizada en Santiago, Chile, la Biblioteca Hernán Santa Cruz de la CEPAL organizó un evento paralelo en colaboración con la IFLA: “La importancia del acceso a la información para alcanzar el desarrollo sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe”.

21 April 2018 | Latin America and the Caribbean, Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Latin America and the Caribbean, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

The importance of access to information to achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean

On 19 April, during the Second Meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development in Santiago, Chile, ECLAC’s Hernán Santa Cruz Library hosted a side event in partnership with IFLA: “The importance of access to information to achieve sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean”. As a highlight of IFLA’s participation at the Forum, is the inclusion of access to information and culture in the text of the Civil Society declaration read in the afternoon of the same day.

21 April 2018 | Latin America and the Caribbean, Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Latin America and the Caribbean, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

IFLA Congratulates New Senior Staff at UNESCO

As the leading UN institution working on education, science and culture, UNESCO is a key partner for libraries. IFLA already engages with the institution across a wide variety of issues, from cultural heritage at risk to Internet universality. The announcement of four new senior appointments in key sectors – in education, culture and communications and information, as well as a new Deputy Director-General – is therefore a useful opportunity to reaffirm these relationships.

12 April 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Education, Information literacy, Preservation, UNESCO

Sustainable Development Needs Smart Citizens: IFLA to Take Active Role at UN SDG Forum in Santiago

Libraries promote an inclusive model of development by giving all individuals the information they need to learn, find work, and live healthy lives. This requires the right policies not just globally, but also at the regional, national and local levels. This is the message IFLA will be bringing to the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018, held in Santiago de Chile, Chile, on 17-20 April 2018.

11 April 2018 | Latin America and the Caribbean, Access to information, Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Latin America and the Caribbean, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

Tell us your story: IFLA’s “Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Storytelling Manual” is now published

This practical guide was designed to help librarians and library advocates in telling compelling stories about library activities, projects and programmes, showing their impact on communities and people’s lives.

10 April 2018 | Advocacy, Development, Libraries, Development and the UN 2030 Agenda, Library Map of the World, Storytelling, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, IAP, ILP

Informed and Empowered Citizens in Asia-Pacific: Making the Case for Libraries at the UN

At the heart of success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be resilience. Regions, countries, communities and individuals all need to have the resources – and the information – necessary to deal with a changing and unpredictable world. This was the key message from the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, the second of five regional meetings on the SDGs in preparation for this year’s High Level Political Forum. IFLA was there.

6 April 2018 | Asia and Oceania, Access to information, Development, Asia and Oceania, Sustainable Development Agenda

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