In 2015, the United Nations member states committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better and more sustainable future by 2030. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide an important framework, to guide our future and an opportunity to address our country’s systemic economic, social and environmental issues. The Sustainable Development Goals provide a valuable framework for making visible the wide impact of libraries, which make significant contributions across many of the SDG’s. Now is the time to recognise the urgency for this project along with an opportunity to speed up and amplify the best of what is already happening.
If you are keen to learn more you can join a webinar hosted by our friends at Te Rōpu Whakakotahi Whenua o Aotearoa / the United Nations Association of New Zealand on Monday May 18 at 6pm.
The webinar will focus on the SDGs and their role and opportunities for a post-COVID economy.
Last year LIANZA was proud to submit ‘library stories’ to The People’s Report on the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. These stories were gathered from Auckland Library, Waimakariri Library and Counties Manukau Health Library. The People’s Report was published prior to the New Zealand Government’s presentation of its first Voluntary National Review to the United Nations in July 2019. You can read more about this advocacy work here and about IFLA’s work on the SDG’s and read SDG stories submitted by libraries globally.
In September 2019, the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology co-hosted New Zealand's second national, multi-sector summit on the Sustainable Development Goals. LIANZA was represented at the summit by LIANZA Immediate Past President Paula Eskett, LIANZA Hikuwai councillor, Philip Miles and Ana Pickering, LIANZA Executive Director. Philp reported on the summit in Library Life in Dec 2019.