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Published: 2015

Libraries and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda

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Libraries make an important contribution to development. The purpose of this toolkit is to support advocacy for the inclusion of libraries and access to information as part of national and regional development plans that will contribute to meeting Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (“UN 2030 Agenda”).

Libraries must now show that they can drive progress across the entire UN 2030 Agenda. While the SDGs are universal goals, each country will be responsible for developing and implementing national strategies to achieve them, and will be expected to track and report its own progress toward each target. As these plans are developed, the library community in each country will have a clear opportunity to communicate to their government leaders how libraries serve as cost-effective partners for advancing their development priorities. Advocacy is essential now to secure recognition for the role of libraries as engines of local development, and to ensure that libraries receive the resources needed to continue this work.

This toolkit is primarily for librarians involved in national advocacy. It will also be of interest to librarians advocating at the local level, and organising activities to increase awareness of the UN 2030 Agenda in their own library.

This toolkit will help you to:

  • understand the UN 2030 Agenda process, and IFLA’s advocacy
  • understand how the UN 2030 Agenda will be implemented at the national level
  • organise meetings with policymakers to demonstrate the contribution libraries and access to information make to national development, and across the SDGs
  • monitor the UN 2030 Agenda and implementation of the SDGs
  • tell library users about the SDGs
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