Publishers are uniquely positioned to drive progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the deadline of 2030. This interactive SDG site showcases diverse examples of how publishers are both improving sustainable business practices and act as agents of change in critical areas such as education, equality and justice.
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest federation of national, regional and specialist publishers’ associations. Our membership comprises 86 organizations from 71 countries in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Americas. Through its members, IPA represents thousands of individual publishers around the world who service markets containing more than 5.6 billion people. For the topic of sustainability, the IPA has taken an active role to both prioritize sustainability within its membership and to utilize the global goals to develop key programs and activities as part of the Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee, chaired by Michiel Kolman, former IPA President (2018 -2020).
African Publishing Innovation Fund (APIF): supporting literacy, book access, indigenous publishing, and library restoration in Africa, providing USD 800,000 to fund projects and initiatives from 2020 to 2024.
UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition: In April 2020, IPA joined UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition “to support countries in scaling up their best distance learning practices and reaching children and youth who are most at risk.”
Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) and Accessible Books Charter: The IPA is a founding member of this multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to increase services available in accessible formats for people living with a visual impairment. The IPA and WIPO established the accessible publishers charter, signed by over 100 publishers to dive critical progress.
Sustainability and the Global Goals are universal and interlinked. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are crucial in the effort to reach them. IPA currently works with: