Libraries and 2030 Agenda: key partners for development

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Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 21.36.42Portugal First National Meeting of Public Libraries for 2030 Agenda

The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda defines as a commitment for sustainable development 17 new universal goals that can be deployed in concrete projects to be developed by libraries.

The International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions (IFLA) announced in 2016 a leading document for the world’s libraries – publishing the importance that these cultural equipment and builders of knowledge have by keeping with the new goals for global sustainability.

Together the Statement on Libraries and Sustainable Development (2002) introduces access to information as a key factor and the Libraries and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda – toolkit (2015) outlines libraries as a motor for local and regional development.

Bearing in mind the fundamental role that libraries have always assumed for the construction of informed and inclusive societies and that there is an urgency for systematizing procedures for the sustainable development, Portugal is organizing the 1st National Meeting of Public Libraries for Sustainable Development proposed by the Municipal Libraries of Loures in 10th February.

This meeting intends to create a space for debate and discussion within Portuguese public libraries bringing together representatives of the Portuguese General Direction of Book, Archives and Libraries and the Portuguese Association of Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists, as well as local entities of health and employment departments in order to constitute future partners in the implementation of development projects.

The inclusion of libraries and access to information in national and regional development plans will contribute for meeting the global United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Find more information in:

IFLA’S 2030 Agenda and libraries

Portuguese Association for Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists

Municipality of Loures

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