Participants at the workshop signed a manifesto establishing stronger cooperation among libraries in the MENA region

From 21 to 22 May, distinguished representatives from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) library community, representing some 17 countries, gathered at the spectacular Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt to discuss how a united library field can tackle to challenges of the future together. This meeting builds upon discussions held earlier this month in the United States and Cameroon.

Participants at the vibrant meeting in Egypt were not only exploring the unification and strengthening the library field, but also took a concrete step and signed a manifesto establishing stronger cooperation among libraries in the MENA region.

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner was delighted about the results of the workshop:

I see a new spirt in the MENA region. Ours seeds of cooperation are showing their first results. That´s fantastic!“

And IFLA President-elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón remarked:

Society must be the centre of our strong, United Library Field. Let´s provide our communities what they need for their development!“

Our meeting in the MENA region marks the third of six planned regional meetings.

The next IFLA Global Vision Regional Workshop will take place on 7-8 June 2017 at the Library of the National Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We can’t wait to continue this Global Vision journey to the Latin America and the Caribbean region!

Following our meeting in Buenos Aires, two more regional meetings will be taking place in Asia Oceania (28-29 June, Singapore) and Europe (5-6 July, Madrid, Spain)

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!