Tag Archive for 'UNESCO'

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Access to Information, Access to Connection: libraries countering intolerance

Our world is faced with a range of challenges linked to intolerance, and its consequences. These have dominated the headlines in 2020: large-scale demonstrations demanding racial justice, inequalities facing the LGBTQ+ community around the world, terrorist activity, the rise of nationalist groups, and the ongoing xenophobia that threatens the livelihood […]

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Restitution with a Catch? The Copyright Perspective on the Sarr-Savoy Report

The Sarr-Savoy report on the restitution of African cultural heritage, published in November 2018, proposes to recontextualise the presence of African artefacts in French heritage collections. The objective of this report is to develop, in view of the role of the French state in colonisation, recommendations to update relevant laws […]

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The Power of the Narrative: African World Heritage Day

[Today] there is a growing understanding that human diversity is both the reality that makes dialogue necessary, and the very basis for that dialogue… We recognize that we are the products of many cultures, traditions and memories; that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; and […]

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World Press Freedom Day: libraries supporting intellectual freedom during the pandemic and beyond

May 3rd marks the annual World Press Freedom Day, and this year’s dedicated campaign launched by UNESCO focuses on the theme “journalism without fear or favour”. This day puts the spotlight on challenges to press freedom and independence, safety of journalists, and gender equality in media. For libraries, these issues are of course deeply connected to their core mission and values of access to information and intellectual freedom.

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Education: our Greatest Renewable Resource

Think of a renewable resource. Was the first image that came to your mind of wind turbines in the distance, glittering solar panels, or a great, churning waterfall? You certainly wouldn’t be wrong. We often look to our natural environment for resources that drive our ways of life and fuel […]

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Key Anniversaries in 2020

Welcome to 2020! It’s a year of some significant anniversaries – for the world as a whole, and for the library field in particular. These are not just an opportunity to celebrate important moments and achievements of the past, but are often an occasion to think and plan ahead. Looking […]

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Choosing to Celebrate Rather than Tolerate

As 16 November is the International Day for Tolerance, we pose a simple question: What, exactly, is tolerance? Is it a passive acceptance for the practices of other cultures, or rather, can it be an active celebration? Perhaps everyone can choose for his or herself. Let’s choose then to celebrate […]

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