3 February 2015

Libraries and access to information in the UN post-2015 Development Agenda - What's new?

Revised Toolkit — New Talking Points

IFLA has updated our Toolkit on libraries and the United Nations (UN) post-2015 Development Agenda. The updates give a better idea of the post-2015 timeline and the major events coming up. It will also help you to further structure your meetings with Member State Representatives in your country. In order to enable you to really stress IFLA’s core messages on access to information, ICTs, and culture for development, we have created a set of talking points. These talking points will give you a good overview of IFLA’s international message and will enable you to bring this into your national context to make it more relevant for your Member State meetings.

IFLA Headquarters is looking forward to hear about your meetings with Member State Representatives and we strongly encourage you to contact us if you need further help.

The Lyon Declaration in 2015

IFLA is very happy to announce that with the start of 2015, the Lyon Declaration has received support from over 500 library, ICT and development, institutions and organisations. This worldwide and cross-sector uptake underlines the importance of the Lyon Declaration and furthermore the importance of access to information for future development.

Please see the full Declaration and the signatories for more information. You can also find 19 translations of the Declaration online.

What's next?

During the next nine months leading up to the UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015, IFLA will concentrate its efforts to ensure that access to information remains within the new development framework. We will also work on indicators with our coalition partners. These indicators will enable UN Member States and the UN to measure the impact of access to information on development over the next 15 years. The IFLA Statistics and Evaluation Section is closely working with IFLA and its partners on formulating the indicators.

In order to achieve this, IFLA will participate in a range of high level meetings leading up to the Special Summit on Sustainable Development (September 2015) and will work closely with other stakeholders, national ministries and UN Member States.

Furthermore, several IFLA Sections have prepared briefs on how the Lyon Declaration is relevant to their professional environment. These will be available shortly.

Get involved

  • Sign and add your voice to the call at the United Nations;
  • Organise meetings with policy makers in your country and use the Toolkit created by IFLA in order to make the voice of the library community heard on a national level;
  • Translate the Lyon Declaration into your language and share it with colleagues in your own country;
  • Encourage others in the library and development sectors to sign the Lyon Declaration;
  • Promote the principles of the Lyon Declaration throughout your network and ensure that the message gets spread as widely as possible.

Background

The Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 UN development agenda. The Declaration proposes 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 was prepared by IFLA and a number of strategic partners in the library and development communities.

Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Development, post2015, UN

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