ALIA Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Summit


Registration fee: $290 (ALIA members), $350 (non members) 


On Sunday 29 July, representatives from libraries, government, education and civil societies in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific, will gather on the Gold Coast to compare strategies for incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals in their work.

The Summit will be a combination of presentations and interactive workshops designed to ensure that Summit attendees depart with a clear understanding of how the SDGs can be embedded in their own organisation. They will gain a national and international library perspective on the SDGs; be better informed about ways of progressing this agenda, and be equipped with the information they need to spread their message in their own communities and through professional networks.


8.30 – 9.00

Register at the Gold Coast Convention Centre

9.00 – 9.20

Welcome to country

Includes a delightful and inspiring performance by the Yugambeh Youth Choir, the award-winning group of young people from the local area, aged 5 to 25, who connect through their shared love of language and music

9.20 – 9.30

Energy and impact

Vicki McDonald, ALIA past President and member of the IFLA Governing Board, welcomes delegates and sets the scene for the intense day of information sharing, networking and visioning to come, resulting in practical outcomes for delegates to take back to their workplaces

9.30 – 9.40

Leadership at the highest level

Hear messages from government leaders about their ambitions for embedding the Sustainable Development Goals in national strategies

9.40 – 10.25

Our Global Future keynote

Christopher Woodthorpe, Director of the United Nations Information Centre in the region, explains the scale of the UN’s achievement in establishing global goals; their universal application and their potential impact on governments, businesses, universities and civil society in Australia and the Pacific

10.25 – 10.55

Morning tea

11.00 – 12.30

Challenges and opportunities

  • Pamela McGowan, Team Leader, Townsville Libraries, and Nina Nakaora, Library Assistant, Suva City Carnegie Library, present the outcomes of the INELi Oceania Pacific Library Summit, held in Fiji in May 2018

  • Sue McKerracher, CEO of the Australian Library and Information Association, describes how libraries in Australia are identifying and reporting their achievements

  • Opeta Alefaio, Director, National Archives of Fiji, explains how the goals connect with issues facing libraries in the Pacific  

  • Paula Eskett, LIANZA President, adds the New Zealand perspective.

12.30 – 1.10


1.20 – 4.20

Workshop 1: How can we best articulate and share our achievements?

Libraries contribute to every one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and matching activities to the 17 goals, 169 targets and 230-plus indicators is daunting. This session, facilitated by Dr Gillian Hallam, is aimed at developing strategies which will enable you to select the evidence that will tell the best story about your library service

Afternoon tea

Workshop 2: How can we use our achievements to establish a leadership position for libraries and raise community awareness of the global goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals provide a valuable framework for library advocacy. They can take us to different places, start new conversations, demonstrate the dynamism of libraries. Again facilitated by Dr Gillian Hallam, this workshop will help you find ways to communicate the value and impact of your library service within your own organisation and your wider community

4.20 – 4.50

A global force for good keynote

Christine Mackenzie, IFLA President-Elect, puts the outcomes of the day into the international perspective, providing the very latest update on IFLA’s work with the Sustainable Development Goals and previewing the discussion at the World Library and Information Congress in August 2018

4.50 – 5.00


Closing comments


5.00 – 6.30

Summit networking reception



The event has been made possible through funding from the IFLA International Advocacy Programme, which enables us to offer two grant streams for attendees.


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