Invitation to host IFLA WLIC 2024 in Dubai withdrawn
03 October 2023
The Hague, The Netherlands – 3 October 2023 – IFLA has been informed of the decision to withdraw the invitation to hold the 2024 World Library and Information Congress in Dubai.
The decision was communicated to us by the Emirates Library and Information Association who led the bid to support the development of the field and wider region.
The Association has underlined its ongoing commitment to IFLA, and keenness to find other ways to bring librarians from the country and region closer to the global library field. IFLA is grateful to the Association for the work that it has done, and firmly believes that this provides a strong basis for building engagement in other ways going forwards.
Acknowledging the reservations expressed about holding the Congress in Dubai, we recognise the disappointment that many in the region and beyond will feel. IFLA remains committed to finding ways to engage with and support the librarians in MENA and the surrounding regions who were looking forward to experiencing the vibrancy of a World Library and Information Congress. Continuing our work in this area is vital if we are to be not just an international, but a truly global Federation.
As Dubai was the only viable bid, there will now not be a World Library and Information Conference in 2024.
For all of IFLA’s members and volunteers, regardless of their views on the 2024 Congress, there will be important questions about next steps. IFLA’s Governing Board, who had already planned a review of the WLIC model, will meet on Thursday 5 October to discuss this, after which further information will be shared.
Vicki McDonald, IFLA President
Sharon Memis, IFLA Secretary General