At the 2021 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), Andrew Potts, coordinator of the Secretariat of the Climate Heritage Network, gave the keynote speech for the Libraries Sustain thematic track of the Congress.
The UNESCO Memory of the World Programme hosted the 2nd Memory of the World Global Policy Forum from 21-22 September 2021.
IFLA strongly welcomes the announcement by UNESCO that Accra, Ghana, will hold the title of World Book Capital 2023. This represents a great opportunity to highlight the work of Ghana’s libraries in promoting books and reading throughout the population.
Available Now! The 2nd Edition of the UNESCO/PERSIST Guidelines for the Selection of Digital Heritage for Long-Term Preservation22 September 2021
To enable the enduring preservation of and access to documentary cultural heritage, including in digital form, in line with the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation, steps must be taken to preserve digitised and born-digital materials. The volume of digital information is almost incalculable, and continues to grow, which presents a significant challenge.
Following a period of review, UNESCO has once again announced they are accepting nominations for materials of world and historical significance to be added to the MoW International Register.
At a meeting of the mayors of many of the most important cities around the world, IFLA, on behalf of the Culture2030Goal campaign, underlined the importance of investing in culture and libraries, and integrating them into policy planning in order to support greener, fairer development.
The fourth Culture Summit, organised by United Cities and Local Governments, will take place on 9-11 September in Izmir, Turkey, under the theme ‘Culture shaping the future’.
Mark your calendars! UNESCO will celebrate Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2021 from 24 to 31 October, hosted by South Africa, and the global library field is invited to take part!
IFLA's President Christine Mackenzie and Secretary General Gerald Leitner have issued the below statement concerning the situation in Afghanistan.
Libraries Have Role in G20 Pillars of Action - People, Planet, Prosperity: G20 Culture Ministers Declaration5 August 2021
Ministers from the G20 Nations met in Rome from 29-30 July for the first meeting devoted to Culture in the history of the G20.
Libraries Feature in Recommendation to the Human Rights Council on Cultural Dimensions of the Right to Education25 June 2021
Looking Ahead: Outcomes of the 8th Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions7 June 2021
The Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005 Convention) held their biannual meeting last week. IFLA attended as an observer, underlining the importance of showing culture's contribution to development, and promoting equitable access for all.
It was with a heavy heart that IFLA heard the news of the fire that has damaged the Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town, along with other areas of the University and city, this past Sunday.