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Qatar National Library (QNL) concluded the ‘Libraries Lead’ annual forum on Tuesday.
The two-day forum provided a platform for libraries and institutions to share their efforts to advocate for the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with discussions focusing on library programmes, services, collaborations and initiatives that drive progress for the SDGs.
The first day of the forum was opened by HE Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kawari, Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library.
In his opening speech Dr Kawari said, “The first edition of the annual ‘Libraries Lead’ forum aligns with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the commitment of Qatar and the library to the SDGs. There is no doubt that libraries are a key partner of the UN in achieving the SDGs because the SDGs are based on access to information, learning, knowledge exchange, application and implementation in various fields.”
Commenting on the event Barbara Lison, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) President, said: “The forum is a great initiative by Qatar National Library and I am sure it is one of many to help shed light around the importance of the UN SDGs and what impact library’s play in achieving them through their services and programsme. I am impressed with the initiatives and projects demonstrated by the library and also the Arab region. It is wonderful to see the library combining its knowledge with other libraries regionally and internationally to help achieve the UN SDGs. I congratulate the organisers and contributors of this forum and hope for a great future for the ‘Libraries Lead’ forum.”
Tan Huism, executive director of Qatar National Library, said: “ The ‘Libraries Lead’ forum has been a positive and insightful conference for library professionals and our community. We are committed now more than ever to promoting universal literacy, providing access to information, advancing digital inclusion, preserving and providing access to the Arab region’s culture and heritage and serving as a centre for research in line with our mission and objectives and to align with Qatar’s National Vision 2030.”
The second day of the forum held additional sessions discussing several topics around libraries as catalysts for achieving the UN SDGs. Short sessions were also given by local and international library professionals that discussed various subjects around lifelong learning programmes, education literacy, sports awareness and community engagement.
The event ended with an award and appreciation ceremony presented by Tan.
The ‘Libraries Lead’ forum provides a platform for all librarians and community members who are interested in supporting the UN’s SDGs to be able to access information, listen to new ideas and engage in important topics to help drive progress for the SDGs.
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