17 April 2019

Announcement

Call for nominations: Chair of IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) – term of office August 2019 – August 2021

Dear Colleagues,

After a first call, no nominations were received for the position of Chair of IFLA’s Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE).

With the agreement of the Governing Board, we are now issuing a second call for nominations for an individual with the experience and expertise to play a leading role in IFLA’s work in this key area.

In line with the Rules of Procedure for the FAIFE Committee, national association members who have paid their dues for 2018 are able to make one nomination each. Interested candidates should therefore contact their national association, who received the relevant documentation on 17 April.

The deadline for submission of nominations is 6 May 2019 (12pm Central European Time). No late submissions will be accepted.

The Governing Board will then confirm the new Chair of FAIFE by 22 May 2019.

Please find more information about the work of the Committee below.

I am looking forward to receiving your response.

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Leitner
Secretary General

Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) is an initiative within IFLA with a mission to defend and promote the basic human rights defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FAIFE provides advice to the Governing Board and Secretary General on these issues in relation to IFLA’s strategic directions, and works in consultation with other relevant IFLA professional programmes and sections.

The responsibilities of the FAIFE Advisory Committee are to:

  • advise the Governing Board on freedom of access to information and freedom of expression in all aspects, directly or indirectly related to library and information services;
  • monitor the state of intellectual freedom affecting the library and information community worldwide;
  • promote awareness of and activities related to freedom of access to information and freedom of expression;
  • encourage reflection on and activities supporting the understanding of fundamental library principles and ethics;
  • support IFLA policy development on freedom of access to information and freedom of expression aspects, directly or indirectly related to library and information services,
  • collaborate with IFLA’s advisory committees and professional units where specific expertise may be provided by FAIFE or drawn from IFLA’s committees and their networks;
  • cooperate with other international human rights organisations, and respond to violations of freedom of access to information and freedom of expression as defined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Access to information, Freedom of expression, FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression)

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