Initially, Mr. Soth Nimol, Head of Office/UN Coordination Specialist for the United Nations mission in Cambodia, presented an overview of 17 sustainable development goals from the UN 2030 Agenda to the participants. To catch up with the agenda, Mr. Sok Lak, Co-founder of the Scholar Library and an active member of Cambodian Librarians and Documentalists Association, shared on how libraries can contribute to achieving sustainable development goals. He emphasized that:
libraries play a key role in achieving SDGs. Not only do libraries help students, but they also provide the general public with access to information so they may make informed decisions to improve their lives.
They provide information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, which helps people develop the capacity to use information effectively, and preserves information to ensure ongoing access for future generations. Libraries create trusted networks of local institutions that can reach out effectively to all parts of the population.
After the speaker presented the overview of libraries’ role in SDGs, participants were divided into groups to discuss how libraries can contribute to achieve the SDGs included in the UN 2030 Agenda. At the end of the discussion session, we unanimously agreed that libraries and access to information contribute to improve outcomes across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by:
- Promoting universal literacy, including digital, media and information literacy and skills development with the support of dedicated staff;
- Closing gaps in information access and helping government, civil society and businesses understand local information needs better;
- Providing a network of delivery sites for government programmes and services;
- Advancing digital inclusion through access to information and communication technology (ICT);
- Serving as the heart of the research and academic community; and
- Preserving and providing access to the world’s culture and heritage.
Content provided by
Mr. Vann Bunna,
SDG Ambassador to 2030 Youth Force in Cambodia