The Lyon Declaration was launched by IFLA (International Federation of Library & Information Institutions) a few days ago. In summary:
The Lyon Declaration is an advocacy document that will be used to positively influence the content of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. It was drafted by IFLA and a number of strategic partners in the library and development communities between January and May 2014.
The Declaration 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.
At this stage 134 organisations have signed the declaration and for me one of the most interesting things about them is that libraries are sitting there alongside other organisations from around the world focused on human rights, voices for the underrepresented (including youth and women), open communications, cultural development, peace, freedom of expression, freedom of information, free and open internet access, publishers, the importance of IT in sustainable development, democracy, the alleviation of poverty, government transparency, education, and civil participation.
It’s good to see that libraries are in such company.