Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda
The inclusion of libraries and access to information in national and regional development plans will contribute to meeting the global United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the context of the UN 2030 Agenda, IFLA believes that increasing access to information and knowledge across society, assisted by the availability of information and communications technologies (ICTs), supports sustainable development and improves people’s lives.
The UN 2030 Agenda is an inclusive, integrated framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) spanning economic, environmental and social development. By achieving this Agenda, no one will be left behind.
Libraries support all the SDGs and can drive progress across the entire UN 2030 Agenda. The following resources can help libraries, as key institutions, help achieve the Goals:
Access and Opportunity for All: How Libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda
24-page booklet and 2-page handout that includes stories on how libraries contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda from all types of libraries in many countries around the world. Use the booklet and handout as documents you can take to meetings to give to government officials or coalition partners. These materials are available in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.
Toolkit: Libraries and National Development Plans
This toolkit will help you to advocate to your national and regional policy makers to make sure that libraries and access to information are included as part of national and regional development plans that will contribute to meeting the global 2030 Agenda. The toolkit is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese and Arabic.
Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda - Library examples
See how libraries around the world are supporting the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda in their national context.
Last update: 24 January 2017