Regional Director, Riecken Foundation, Honduras and Guatemala Riecken Community Libraries
The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The 2020 International Papers and Projects theme is, Expanding Worldviews: How Libraries Create Awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Inspire Change.
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are key to making the world a better place for everyone. Libraries play an important role in helping societies achieve these goals, with IFLA’s position being that access to information is a key starting point. Many of the issues that these goals address have become critical in recent years, such as climate change, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice, civil society and more. Libraries have great potential to elevate the awareness level and engage their communities to inspire and promote change both big and small in the issues that matter. For the session today, we are featuring library projects from Kazakhstan, Central America and Singapore. They are as follows:
Social inclusivity and gender equality: the library’s role in promoting SDG 5 by Mr. Joseph Yap and Ms. Yelizaveta Kamilova;
Empowering Women and Promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Central America by Mr. Francisco Alcaide Canata and Mr. William Bill Cartwright;
Inclusive Initiatives that Inspire the Love for Reading and Learning by Ms. Aida Abdul Rahim.
We hope that you will find this session meaningful and be inspired to embark on initiatives and projects in support of the SDGs in your own libraries and communities.