Today we welcome the launch of the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development, which was announced at the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) World Library and Information Congress in Lyon. The declaration was drafted by IFLA along with its strategic partners and “calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to understand, use and share the information that is necessary to promote sustainable development and democratic societies.” The declaration emphasises the importance of access to information in empowering people throughout the world. IFLA are encouraging organisations and institutions who share the vision of the declaration to sign it to show their support, alongside the 134 information and library focused organisations from around the world that have already signed. The intention is to use it for advocacy purposes to influence the United Nations development policy framework to be launched at the end of 2015.
The full declaration can be read here.