IFLA is excited to bring the perspective of libraries to the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022  with an official side event. This is a historic conference which will bring leaders together to reflect on how cultural policy can help tackle global challenges.

IFLA will take part in this conversation through an official side event:

Accelerating Education-Culture Linkages through Collaboration:
Exploring partnerships with libraries and other cultural institutions

Time: Wednesday 28 September, 14:00-15:00 (Mexico City)
Venue: Cencalli, second floor and online via Zoom
Language: Spanish/English with translation

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Event Summary

In order to enable culture to fill its potential for empowering individuals and societies, there must be linkages encouraged with education across all levels – and this cannot ignore the importance of non-formal education and lifelong learning.

Libraries are at the intersection of culture and education – championing lifelong learning for all while also preserving and providing access to cultural heritage and diverse cultural expressions – including in the digital environment. They support multiculturalism and linguistic diversity, and are strong advocates for access to information.

Cultural and memory institutions, such as libraries, are well suited to act as partners in planning and implementing strategies to link culture and education in support of development goals. Lessons learned from examples of library involvement in culture-education linkages can also serve as a model for integration of culture with other key development policy areas.

This side event will explore how partnerships with libraries and other cultural institutions can contribute to public policy schemes in support of goals relating to linking culture and education for sustainable development. It will seek to engage in a conversation on culture-education linkages with stakeholders from the library, education, and development sectors to share diverse input and explore possible future lines of collaboration.



Moderator: Jonathan Hernandez Perez, Library and Information Research Institute (IIBI-UNAM), IFLA Governing Board Member

Member State Perspectives
  • Ebtesam Al Zaabi, International Organizations Expert, UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (United Arab Emirates)
  • Glenis Philip-Barbara, Deputy Chief Executive – Delivery, Ministry for Culture and Heritage (New Zealand)
Local and Institutional Perspectives
  • Sergio López Ruelas, Library Network Director from Guadalajara University, part of the Guadalajara World Book Capital Local Committee. (Mexico)
  • Norma Angelica Antonio Monroy, Deputy Director, Education area, Mexico City Secretary of Education, Science, Technology, and Innovation. (Mexico)
  • Erik Boekesteijn, Senior Advisor, National Library of the Netherlands (Netherlands)
  • Hayford Siaw, Executive Director, Ghana Library Authority (Ghana)
Youth Perspective
  • Maria Manjate, Programmer Officer, Observatory of Cultural Policies in Africa (OCPA) (Mozambique)


Questions: Claire McGuire (claire.mcguire@ifla.org)