After the exciting start of IFLA's Global Vision Regional Workshops earlier this month in North America, our journey continued to Africa and now on to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

From 14 to 15 May, IFLA held a successful Global Vision Regional Workshop Africa at the Djeuga Palace Hotel in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Over the course of these two days, African library community leaders representing 37 countries took part in inclusive and enthusiastic discussions on how a united library field can tackle to challenges of the future.

Next stop: Alexandria, Egypt!

In keeping with a model set at the conclusion of our first workshop, our African colleagues asked IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner to forward the following greetings and inspired advice to our colleagues in the Middle East region, thereby passing the torch of IFLA’s Global Vision Discussion from Africa to the Middle East:

IFLA Global Vision regional workshop participants in Yaoundé, Cameroon

Carry on the vision!

Be inspired!

Use the power of the great library of Alexandria to lead the profession!

Be passionate for a common future!

Our common future of libraries depends on you!

Be involved and show your passion during your workshop!


The next IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop will take place from 21-22 May 2017 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. We can’t wait to continue this Global Vision journey to the Middle East!

Stay tuned for more:

About the IFLA Global Vision

IFLA is facilitating a Global Vision discussion through a series of high-level meetings and workshops in different parts of the world following our kick-off event in Athens, Greece on 4 April 2017.  Face-to-face and online, future-oriented conversations will be taking place throughout the year. See the Global Vision discussion website: for more details, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the #iflaGlobalVision hashtag.

Together we create the future: Join us!