Over the last three years, the United Nations (UN) held extensive negotiations in which governments, civil society and the public contributed to the creation of the 2030 Agenda. This revolutionary agenda sets out a way forward for the world to create a better and more equal place to live in. The UN Summit for the adoption of 2030 Agenda, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will take place from 25-27 September at the UN in New York.

Thanks to the work of IFLA and its partners, library-related issues have a place on the agenda.

UN Summit on the 2030Agenda

IFLA’s focus in the 2030 Agenda

Since 2012, IFLA has been actively engaged with the creation of the 2030 Agenda and advocated for the inclusion of access to information, safeguarding of cultural and natural heritage, universal literacy, and access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). IFLA welcomes that all of these aspects are now represented within the new Agenda.

In 2014 IFLA launched the Lyon Declaration on access to information and development, which has been signed by over 580 library and development organisation stressing the importance of access to information for the wider community.

Connecting the next four billion

During the UN Summit, IFLA, together with IREX and the New York Public Library, will host an event focusing on the challenges ahead and how access to information and libraries can help tackle them. Connecting the next four billion will take place in the New York Public Library, where speakers will discuss why inclusive access to information and technology is imperative to meet the new development agenda, and how community spaces like libraries are already implementing this vision.

The IFLA, FAO and COAR e-forum – a valuable background information resource

Earlier this month, IFLA, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) hosted an e-forum where users were able to discuss the importance of access to information for development. During this e-forum, several webcasts were delivered, including:

These webcasts give a good overview of the importance of access to information and open access for the 2030 Agenda.

Remote participation during the UN Summit

You can follow the Summit on the adoption of the 2030 Agenda live and watch 150+ Member State representatives as well as civil society contribute to the adoption of the new agenda which will transform our world.

You can also follow the conversation as it happens on Twitter at: #action2015 and #globalgoals.