On 2 August 2015, just in time for the IFLA Congress in Cape Town, the United Nations completed negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, now entitled the 2030 Agenda. At two special sessions on 17 August the team leading IFLA’s engagement in the process over the past two years will provide delegates with all the information you need to know about the 2030 Agenda and the next steps for advocacy and implementation in your country.

The two sessions are linked: Session 97 will provide a comprehensive overview of the post-2015 development agenda process and the next steps for implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Session 103 will look at the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in depth and the role of libraries across the goals, and provide time for questions and answers about Goals and how to get involved in the Agenda and IFLA’s ongoing work. At both sessions, representatives from associations and libraries that have already been undertaking advocacy will speak about their experience and results.

These sessions will also provide the opportunity to thank everyone since the Lyon Declaration was launched at the Congress last year for signing on, advocacy, development of briefings and research that has led to a very successful outcome in the resulting 2030 Agenda.

In addition to the two special sessions, IFLA Manager Development Programmes, Fiona Bradley, will give a presentation in Session 88 on 17 August on Measuring Development and Access to Information: IFLA’s Plans and Opportunities for Partnership.

Session 97 – UN Post 2015 Development Agenda – IFLA

In this session IFLA will present a status update and roadmap on the UN post-2015 development agenda and its implementation, and the impact of the Lyon Declaration since it was launched at the IFLA Congress in 2014.

The Lyon Declaration calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies. It has been signed by more than 570 organisations since it was launched in Lyon, France in August 2014.


  • Introduction – Gerald Leitner, ALP Chair
  • IFLA’s representation at the UN in New York – IFLA President-elect Donna Scheeder
  • The UN post-2015 development agenda -developments since Lyon, Impact of the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development – Stuart Hamilton, IFLA
  • Implementation and capacity building, IFLA’s plans for measuring Development and Access to Information – Fiona Bradley, IFLA
  • Representatives from countries already taking action:

    • Namibia – Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, University of Namibia
    • Sweden – Niclas Lindberg, Swedish Library Association
  • eForum on The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies, Imma Subirats-Coll, FAO of the United Nations

Session 103 – The contribution of libraries and information services to sustainable development – ALP

In this session, IFLA’s Action for Development through Libraries programme (ALP) which oversees IFLA’s advocacy for the UN Post 2015 Development Agenda and the Lyon Declaration, will present practical guidance for all libraries on demonstrating the contribution libraries and information makes to development. Time for discussion between participants and Q&A will be provided.


  • Introduction, what are national development plans and why are they so important – Gerald Leitner, ALP Chair
  • The role of libraries in national development plans:

    • Turkey – Hamza Kandur
    • Zambia – Velenasi Mwale Munsanje
    • Zimbabwe
  • How libraries contribute across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – with Q&A and panel discussion – Fiona Bradley, IFLA
  • Brief update on Building Strong Library Associations programme, International Advocacy Programme – Fiona Bradley, IFLA
  • ASEAN regional young leaders BSLA project – Ian Yap, IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania
  • Wrap up and conclusion – Gerald Leitner, ALP Chair

This session will also include updates on ALP’s programmes including the Building Strong Library Associations programme which is being implemented through a number of regional and national projects across Africa, Asia and Oceania, and Latin America and the Caribbean.