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AfLIA's Executive Director gives a talk the UN SDGs at IFLA

In the context of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (UN HLPF), and in preparation for the launch of the first Development and Access to Information (DA2I) Report, IFLA and the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library (DHL) held a side event on 13 July at the heart of the UN’s New York Headquarters. 
The DA2I side event “2030 Vision: How Libraries Support the UN’s Work on Sustainable Development” was a unique opportunity to highlight and illustrate the major role of libraries in delivering effective and meaningful access to information driving progress for development at the national and global levels. 
The event kicked off with a welcome from the host, Thanos Giannakopoulos, Chief of the DHL. He recognized DA2I as an ambitious endeavour that offers inspiration as well as a roadmap for changing and transforming communities through libraries. As he underlined, “Libraries, supported by policies, can advance the SDGs. The achievement of the SDGs can only be advanced by access”.
With a presentation “Putting (UN) information to work on the ground – the case of Ghana”, Helena Asamoah-Hassan (Executive Director of the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions - AfLIA) showed how the work of libraries in Africa is driving progress towards the achievement of different SDGs, particularly quality education, gender equality and inclusive societies.

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