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Placing Information at the Heart of Good Governance: Government Libraries Conference

On 5-6 December 2019, the IFLA Government Libraries Section organised a conference on 'Informed Parliaments, Engaged Citizens, Effective Governments'. Participants from around the world explored the changing roles of information and decision-makers, and how libraries could help.

6 Diciembre 2019 | Government Libraries, Access to information, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, SDG16, Good Governance

IFLA President Underlines Role of Libraries in Successful Local Development

For many libraries, good relationships with local town halls and councils are essential. But as IFLA President Christine Mackenzie set out in interventions at the World Congress of Local and Regional Leaders, libraries can also be key partners for success.

5 Diciembre 2019 | Access to information, South Africa, local government, right to the city, local development

Towards the Decade of Delivery: Focus of 2020 High Level Political Forum Announced

The United Nations has agreed on the theme for the 2020 High Level Political Forum, focusing on accelerating actions to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals with only ten years to go until they should be achieved. IFLA and libraries are ready to engage.

4 Diciembre 2019 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, sustainable development goals, SDGs, HLPF

IFLA Secretary General Urges Africa’s Governments to Engage Libraries in Development Efforts

At the Third Roundtable Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Public Libraries in Africa, IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner underlined the scope for libraries to deliver on the goals set out in the Africa 2063 and UN 2030 Agendas, and called on governments to seize the opportunity.

3 Diciembre 2019 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, Africa, African Union, SDGs, sustainable development goals

Palaces for the People: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Public Library Manifesto

Today we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the current edition of the Public Library Manifesto. This document, agreed by IFLA and the Member States of UNESCO, places public libraries at the heart of efforts to promote education, democracy and participation in culture.

29 Noviembre 2019 | Access to information, Public Libraries, public library manifesto

Celebrating the Public Library Manifesto this Friday!

With only four days to go until the 25th Anniversary of the Public Library Manifesto, it’s the last moment to look at the tools and ideas IFLA has made available. With our advocacy pack, you can take the opportunity to celebrate the work and missions of public libraries.

25 Noviembre 2019 | Public Libraries, Access to information, public library manifesto, UNESCO

International Day for the Universal Access to Information Endorsed by UN General Assembly

Four years after its creation by UNESCO, the International Day for the Universal Access to Information has been formally added to the United Nations calendar. In a resolution passed by the General Assembly, Heads of State and government, and their representatives, agreed that 28 September should be the opportunity to recall, and celebrate, the importance of this for development and democracy.

21 Noviembre 2019 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, Development, UNESCO

UN Report on Public Spaces and Human Rights Highlights Place of Libraries

As public spaces, open to all members of the community, libraries enable people to exercise and enjoy their human rights. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights highlights this role, and the conditions for it to be realised. It provides a useful advocacy tool for libraries.

13 Noviembre 2019 | Public Libraries, Library as place, Minority groups, Public Libraries, public library manifesto

Libraries Act for the SDGs

​The Global Week of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comes to an end today. Libraries have been active in marking the week, as well as in the work they are doing from day to day work to deliver on the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

30 Septiembre 2019 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda, sustainable development goals

Culture Essential for SDG Success: IFLA Contributes to New Report

In the negotiations that led to the agreement of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015, a group of global organisations including IFLA drove the #culture2015goal campaign. A new report looks at the progress on incorporating culture into the SDGs since then, and relaunches the campaign as #culture2030goal.

24 Septiembre 2019 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Advocacy, Libraries for development, Sustainable development, UN SDGs, UN 2030 Agenda, #Culture2030Goal

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