What is the Post-2015 Development Framework?
The United Nations is presently reviewing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) so that it can prepare a new development framework for the post-2015 period. The framework will guide developed and developing countries in improving living conditions for citizens. There are several parts to this process:
- The report of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) – delivered June 2013
- The development of a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the SDG Open Working Group (OWG) – mandated by the Rio+20 outcome document and to be delivered in September 2014
- The report of the High-Level Political Forum (formerly the Commission on Sustainable Development) – to be delivered in September 2014
- The report of the Expert Committee on Financing – to be delivered in September 2014
Concurrently, it is reviewing the World Summit on the Information Society Process (WSIS) to reflect upon its impact and to produce recommendations on WSIS beyond 2015 to the UN Secretary General in September 2014. It is currently thought that the WSIS recommendations will contribute to the Secretary General’s thinking regarding any new development framework.
All of the moving parts will feed into UN Member State negotiations starting in September 2014. The negotiations will proceed during the period September 2014 – September 2015 and will lead to an agreement on a new framework to be implemented from January 1st 2016.
Figure 1 illustrates the process – but note that it is still unclear at which point the WSIS recommendations will be formally introduced.
Why is the Post-2015 Development Framework Important to Libraries?
The new framework is likely to comprise of a number of goals. UN Member States will be expected to work towards these goals which will contain a number of indicators for measuring progress. Presently, the Report of the HLP is guiding thinking on the areas that are likely to be covered by concluding that the post-2015 agenda needs to be driven by five transformative shifts:
- Leave No One Behind
- Put Sustainable Development at the Core
- Transform Economies for Jobs and Inclusive Growth
- Build Peace and Effective, Open and Accountable Public Institutions
- Forge a new Global Partnership
Whatever the eventual framework looks like, it would be a positive outcome if libraries were able to identify ways to contribute to helping member states achieve the goals. Therefore it is important that libraries are seen as being part of the conversation, and that we gain a profile as an actor who can support the development process. A good outcome would be if access to information is recognised in the framework.
Why? There can be no development without access to information. Libraries provide access to information for all, regardless of their situation. Libraries can work with development practitioners, policymakers and all users to support development in all its forms – in projects, in data collection and dissemination, or in impact evaluation.
What are IFLA’s Aims and Objectives?
IFLA wishes to see libraries engaged as partners in development activities, receive support from decision makers and continue to support access to information in all its forms for all users. If at the end of the process the post-2015 framework recognises the role of access to information as a fundamental element supporting development then a concrete space will be opened up for library advocacy in the development sector. IFLA members at national and regional levels will have an opportunity to identify themselves in the framework’s language, communicate the value of libraries to users, policymakers and donors, and work to support development through projects, policies and impact evaluation.
Therefore IFLA wishes to achieve the following goals:
- Libraries develop a strong, aligned voice on a vision for the post-2015 framework
- The post-2015 framework recognises the role of access to information as a fundamental element supporting development
- The post-2015 framework encourages UN Member State support of the information institutions underpinning development – providing networks, information and human resources – such as libraries and other public interest bodies
How will IFLA Engage with the Post-2015 Development Framework Process?
IFLA will employ three strategies to achieve its objective:
- IFLA will work with the international library community to develop its position on the post-2015 development framework
- IFLA will work with allies in civil society and the development community to advocate for access to information as an element of the post-2015 development framework
- IFLA will work with Member States to raise awareness of libraries as agents for development access to information in the post-2015 context
Last update: 7 July 2017