International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

SDG Action Network

Our SDG Action on September 25th

Libraries Support the SDGs

Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands
Number of people taking this action: 250 or more
IFLA sees the SDGs as a crucial step towards a holistic and inclusive approach to development, based on giving individuals the potential - and the power - to improve their own lives. Access to information, incuding the rights and skills to apply it, is a key cross-cutting factor in this, and libraries are excellently placed to deliver. IFLA therefore organised webinars in three langauges in preparation for the Global Day of Action, explaining to librarians around the world how they can get involved in the SDGs in 2019. You can download the recordings here: https://bit.ly/2I9F0T2.  We also shared posters which our members could print out and display in their libraries. These provide a very visible demonstration of the importance of the SDGs for our institutions, and raise awareness among the public about the Global Goals. Our members took photos of themselves with the posters, and are sharing them on social media with the #Act4SDGs and #Lib4Dev hashtags.  We're looking forward to working with our members in the 2.3 million libraries around the world to promote sustainable development for all!
SDGs
1 No Poverty 2 Zero Hunger 3 Good Health & Well-Being 4 Quality Education 5 Gender Equality 8 Decent work and economic growth 9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure 10 Reduced Inequalities 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities 12 Responsible Consumption & Production 13 Climate Action 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions 17 Partnerships for the Goals
Organising Partners
IFLA, Library Associations around the world

IFLA Library Map of the World SDGs Stories and Storytelling Manual

Netherlands The Hague, Netherlands
Number of people taking this action: 1-20
In the context of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, IFLA believes that increasing access to information and knowledge across society, assisted by the availability of information and communication technologies, supports sustainable development and improves people’s lives.   Libraries are key institutions to help achieve the Goals by providing communities with access to timely and relevant information that helps to eradicate poverty and inequality, to improve agriculture, to provide quality education, and to support people’s health, culture, research and innovation.   To demonstrate the potential of the global library field we need compelling evidence demonstrating libraries’ contribution to the UN SDGs and impact in the communities they serve. IFLA Library Map of the World aims to address the need of the library field to tell and share convincing evidence-based stories.   IFLA Library Map of the World SDG Stories section aims to serve as the unifying platform providing access to SDG stories that demonstrate how libraries in different countries contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and serve as partners in meeting local development needs.   Libraries and access to information contribute to improved outcomes across all the SDGs. The Library Map of the World is looking for high quality stories of library activities, projects and programs having a substantial impact on communities and supported by compelling evidence.   IFLA is engaging with participants of the IFLA International Advocacy Programme (IAP), individual libraries and library support organisations in countries of all regions to identify outstanding examples. These stories are being made available to all, as ideas for other libraries and for use in advocacy activities.   As a practical guide to help librarians and library advocates in telling compelling stories about library activities, projects and programmes, showing their impact on communities and people's lives, IFLA has launched Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Storytelling Manual. This manual was designed to provide support in the process of preparing and submitting stories to the Library Map of the World.   If you have a story to tell, please contact us.   Guidelines to assist you in writing your story will soon be available. Please do not hesitate to reach out at: librarymap@ifla.org
SDGs
1 No Poverty 2 Zero Hunger 3 Good Health & Well-Being 4 Quality Education 5 Gender Equality 6 Clean Water & Sanitation 7 Affordable & Clean Energy 8 Decent work and economic growth 9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure 10 Reduced Inequalities 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities 12 Responsible Consumption & Production 13 Climate Action 14 Life Below Water 15 Life on Land 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions 17 Partnerships for the Goals
Organising Partners
Library associations around the world

About International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

We are the global voice and the largest brains trust of the library and information profession, with an active network of nearly 1,300 Members – leading institutions and players in the library field – in over 130 countries around the world, and well-established relations with the United Nations and other international organisations. Together with our Members we work to set the professional agenda and develop standards for provision of library services, to improve access to information and cultural heritage resources, and to advocate for the place of libraries at the heart of local and global policies.

Countries We Work in
Netherlands
Languages We Work in
Arabic Chinese English French German Russian Spanish
SDGs We Tackle
1 No Poverty 2 Zero Hunger 3 Good Health & Well-Being 4 Quality Education 5 Gender Equality 8 Decent work and economic growth 9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure 10 Reduced Inequalities 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities 12 Responsible Consumption & Production 13 Climate Action 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions 17 Partnerships for the Goals
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