[bestbits] Fwd: [LyonDCL] The "Road to Dignity by 2030" includes access to information and an open Internet

Carolina Rossini carolina.rossini at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 08:58:13 EST 2015

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From: "Julia Brungs" <Julia.Brungs at ifla.org>
Date: Dec 17, 2014 9:59 AM
Subject: [LyonDCL] The "Road to Dignity by 2030" includes access to
information and an open Internet
To: "lyondcl at infoserv.inist.fr" <lyondcl at infoserv.inist.fr>

 Dear all,

IFLA's response to the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General on the
Post-2015 Development Agenda: "The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty,
Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet"

*Access to information...Intellectual Property reform...access to open
data...affordable access to ICTs.* These are some of the important issues
IFLA and those of us in the greater library and information community are
grappling with in a variety of ways.

IFLA has been working with the international library community—as well as
civil society and member states—to develop its position on the creation of
the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
<http://www.ifla.org/node/8139> and help ensure that crucial elements such
as access to information are included in the UN post-2015 Development Agenda
<http://www.ifla.org/node/8873>. Throughout this process, it is important
that libraries are seen as being part of the conversation.

Last week, an advance "Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary-General On the
Post-2015 Agenda
was released. The Report outlines the priorities and main goals of the
post-2015 UN Development Agenda and has a serious goal: to transform our
economies, our environment, and our societies. IFLA welcomes the Report and
the inclusion of access to information, and encourages the United Nations
to recognise the role of access and skills as an essential pillar in the
transformational agenda for sustainable development. Unfortunately, we are
disappointed that the report lacks substance on the potential of ICTs for

We encourage the UN and its Member States to use the Lyon Declaration
<http://www.lyondeclaration.org/> during the next stage of
intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda to
inform the inclusion of access to information, and the skills to use it
effectively by:

·         Acknowledging the public's right to access information and data,
while respecting the right to individual privacy;

·         Recognising the important role of local authorities, information
intermediaries and infrastructure such as ICTs and an open Internet as a
means of implementation;

·         Adopting policy, standards and legislation to ensure the
continued funding, integrity, preservation and provision of information by
governments, and access by people;

·         Developing targets and indicators that enable measurement of the
impact of access to information and data.

IFLA has already released a Toolkit
<http://www.ifla.org/libraries-development/toolkit> to support library
institutions and associations and other civil society organisations to
advocate for access to information in the context of post-2015 UN
Development Agenda—thereby empowering signatories of the Lyon Declaration
to make the voice of the library community heard on a national level.

*What next?*

Following the publication of the final synthesis report at the end of
December 2014, IFLA will produce a revised version of the Toolkit with
specific talking points and examples to support meetings with member state
representatives that library associations and institutions will organise in
early 2015.

The final synthesis report will become the baseline for the negations and
meetings that will take place throughout 2015, in the lead up to the
Special Summit on Sustainable Development. IFLA will be participating in
some of the meetings, including:

·         High-level thematic debate on the means of implementation for the
post-2015 development agenda (February 2015)

·         Millennium Development Goals Report 2015 (July 2015)

·         Millennium Development Goals Gap Task Force Report (September

·         Special Summit on Sustainable Development (September 2015)

Read the full response online <http://www.ifla.org/node/9254>.

Julia Brungs

Policy and Projects Officer

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague

Phone: 0031703140884

Email: Julia.brungs at ifla.org
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