Rise together around sustainability

Libraries can bring unique strengths and collective muscle to global sustainability challenges. To inspire more conversations, expanded engagement, and action that leads to impact, OCLC’s Global Council has set its FY21 area of focus on sustainability. 

In 2015, all United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that included a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Publication of this agenda got the attention of many industries, including library organizations. Most notably, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) actively supports the roles libraries can play in planning and implementing the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs through its International Advocacy Programme (IAP).

To build on this momentum, the Global Council will support all 17 SDGs, focusing on the following five specifically as areas libraries can impact the most

  • Quality education (SDG #4)
  • Decent work and economic growth (SDG #8)
  • Reduced inequalities (SDG #10)
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG #16)
  • Partnerships for the goals (SDG #17)

These goals inform the research objectives of our survey and also guide the learning and professional development opportunities of our webinar series.

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