8 December 2016
Launch of IFLA’s International Advocacy Programme with four Regional Workshops
Libraries and access to information are key to achieving the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Libraries, Development, and the Implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda
The International Advocacy Programme (IAP) is a new IFLA capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
The IFLA IAP aims to establish an engaged community of advocates who will clearly articulate the significant opportunities to increase the profile and impact of library and information professionals in the achievement of sustainable development goals.
Within the context of IFLA’s IAP, four regional workshops are being held in Asia Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe from October to December 2016.
The aims of the workshops are to address the information gap of library workers by raising awareness of the important role libraries can play in development through their contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs; and to provide them with skills and tools to increase their ongoing participation in the advocacy environment at local, national and regional levels.
The first three workshops took place in Asia Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa. The workshops convened in total more than 80 participants from 38 countries.
IFLA was represented by President-Elect Glòria Pérez-Salmerón, Secretary General Gerald Leitner, and Deputy Secretary General / Director, Policy & Advocacy Stuart Hamilton.
As part of the workshops, participants became familiar with the UN 2030 Agenda, the role that libraries play in development, IFLA’s advocacy work at the UN, and tools for developing an advocacy plan.
This was also an opportunity to network with colleagues from neighbouring countries, and to start planning collaborative approaches to advocacy and awareness raising activities in each of the regions.
Many participants are already carrying out awareness raising activities in their countries, and taking steps to creating a national delegation to prepare and implement an advocacy plan to ensure libraries and access to information are included in National Development Plans.
In addition to these workshops, a European Regional Workshop including 24 participants from 12 countries, will take place in The Hague on 14-16 December 2016.