10 months after the finalisation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, here is an update on the developments and encourage you to get involved at your national level. Many have made use of the Toolkit (available in all IFLA’s official languages) to organise conferences and meetings with stakeholders, approach your governments directly or attend events to highlight the unique position libraries hold to implement the UN 2030 Agenda. They have also complied a Booklet highlighting how libraries are already contributing to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda and these examples will help you to make an even stronger case when talking to your policy makers. At the same time, many UN Member States have begun the work to integrate the UN 2030 Agenda into existing national plans, or to start the process to create new plans. We urge you once again to use the Toolkit and Booklet and approach your national policy makers to ensure that libraries and the services we provide to our communities are recognised within the National Development Plans.
Updates on the process at the UN level:
The UN High Level Political Forum will meet in New York this July and has selected 22 countries for a voluntary review. This is the first official opportunity for Member States to provide a progress report on their implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda and will provide an insight into the review and follow-up process in the coming years. You can find the 22 countries which volunteered online. Please do check if your country is one of them and if yes, contact your relevant policy makers to discuss the contribution libraries in your country make. Please also check the website on a regular basis as more and more countries are volunteering and adding their documentation. IFLA will be represented at this event in New York by President Donna Scheeder and Deputy Secretary-General Stuart Hamilton.
Lastly, we would like to ask you to send a summary of your activities to us here at IFLA HQ (Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org) as this helps us in our international advocacy to realise the UN 2030 Agenda.