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IFLA SDGs Update: December 2020

The latest update on activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals from IFLA includes information on the following: IFLA SDG Update (Dec 2020): Update on 2021 VNRs, Africa Youth SDG Forum, UN Meetings in 2021, Reviewing 5 years of VNRs, Digital Inclusion, Library Map of the World, Library Stat of the Week, Delivering on the SDGs during COVID, and a list of recent blogs.

3 December 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

Recognising Libraries as Partners for Development – A Review of Five Years of Voluntary National Reviews

Over the last five years, 168 different countries have presented Voluntary National Reviews on their work to deliver the SDGs. The latest IFLA analysis highlights the example they offer of recognising libraries as partners for development.

2 December 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, VNRs, Voluntary National Reviews

Building Back Better for Libraries in Africa: An Interview

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only highlighted old and created new challenges for the library field, but also opens an opportunity for change, if we can seize it. We interviewed Damilare Oyedele of Library Aid Africa to find out about his organisation's work to understand the situation and design a way forwards.

1 December 2020 | Advocacy, Digital inclusion, Africa

Libraries Engaged in Advocacy for Access to Health in Chile

An important part of the right to health is the right to health information and knowledge. COVID-19 has only underlined this connection. We interviewed María Angélica Fuentes Martínez and Mónica Núñez of the Association of Chilean Librarians to find out more about their involvement in a project to strengthen advocacy around this.

24 November 2020 | Access to information, Chile, COVID-19, health

Securing SDG Success in Africa through Youth

IFLA was present at the 3rd African Youth SDGs Summit in Accra, Ghana, on 4-5 November. IFLA’s representative, Damilare Oyedele, shared the below report.

19 November 2020 | Access to information, Development, Africa, SDGs, sustainable development goals

Guadalajara named as World Book Capital 2022

The title of UNESCO World Book Capital 2022 will fall to Guadalajara, Mexico. From 23 April 2022, the city will host a year-long programme of events celebrating books, reading and libraries.

5 November 2020 | Literacy, Reading, Social inclusion, Mexico, UNESCO World Book Capital

Powering Literacy for All: IFLA Engages at Global Alliance for Literacy Annual Meeting

As a new associate member of the Global Alliance for Literacy, IFLA spoke at the alliance’s annual meeting, held on 28-29 October. IFLA’s intervention underlined the importance of ensuring that libraries are integrated into literacy strategy planning and delivery.

30 October 2020 | Literacy and Reading, Literacy, Reading

Digital Technologies and Social Development: We Need Meaningful Inclusion Efforts

IFLA has submitted a statement ahead of the 59th meeting of the United Nations Commission on Social Development, focus on the role of digital technologies. The statement underlines the need to give everyone the connection, collections and confidence to use the internet effectively.

27 October 2020 | Access to information, Digital inclusion, social development, SDGs

IFLA SDGs Update: October 2020

The latest update on activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals from IFLA includes information on the following: Voluntary National Reviews 2021, our Data for Advocacy webinar, the Library Pledge for Digital Inclusion, an update on the Library Map of the World, our latest Library Stat of the Week posts, the Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers report, IFLA's Get Into Guides, and a list of relevant recent blogs.

24 October 2020 | Access to information, Development, SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda

IFLA signs joint statement with IATUL on Publisher Pricing

IFLA, alongside the International Association of University Libraries, has signed onto the below statement, calling for publishers to recognise pressures on library funding, and reduce prices in 2021, in order to avoid a significant drop in the information available to students and researchers.

23 October 2020 | Academic and Research Libraries, Access to knowledge, pricing, COVID-19

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