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The contribution of open access to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The contribution of open access to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations SDGs were adopted in 2016. Five years in great progress has been made in some areas while others lag. When the goals were adopted, the importance of data, evidence, and research to demonstrate progress was emphasised, but how much has been achieved and what role does open access play? In this webinar (recording below),  Fiona Bradley, Director, Research Services and Corporate at UNSW, gave us a brief overview of the process that led to the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda process and the ongoing review mechanisms will emphasize the agenda as a tool for advocacy at global, national, and local institutional levels in which open access and access to information contribute to underpinning the achievement of all other goals.

At UNSW, Fiona leads the design and delivery of scholarly communications and open access, repositories, and reporting, and the institutional infrastructure that underpin these services. Prior to joining UNSW, she was she was Deputy Executive Director at Research Libraries UK, and previously held senior management roles at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the peak global organisation representing libraries. In these roles she designed and delivered capacity building programmes in 80+ countries, and advocacy for access to information in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in collaboration with library organisations and NGOs worldwide.

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