Sustainable Development Goal 1.
1. EU Programmes likely to be relevant for libraries
(EU instruments and/or funding may be made available to libraries willing to be involved in the SDG.)
EU Instruments covering SDG 1 are two main funds: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF). Together with the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), they make up the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds.
The EU Cohesion Policy can be highly relevant for libraries. It mainly consists of supporting job creation, competitiveness, economic growth, improved quality of life and sustainable development. These investments support the delivery of the Europe 2020 strategy. https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/
Each Member State has agencies responsible for managing the programmes supported by Cohesioni Policy. This managing authority provides information on the programme, selects projects and monitors implementation. Please find the managing Authority in your country by clicking on: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/atlas/managing-authorities/.
The programmes are prepared by each Member State and/or region and are financed under the Cohesion Fund. Summaries of the current operational programmes are found in the following link:
At least 4 Thematic Objectives are of relevance for libraries:
TO1: Research and Innovation. The ERDF and EAFRD invest in a range of investment priorities and union priorities to strengthen research, technological development and innovation.
TO8: “Sustainable & Quality Employment”. The ESI funds invest in a range of investment priorities and union priorities to promote sustainable and quality employment and support labour mobility.
TO9: “Social Inclusion”. The ESF, ERDF and EAFRD invest in a range of investment priorities and union priorities to promote social inclusion, combat poverty and different forms of discrimination.
TO10: “Educational & Vocational Training”. The ESF, ERDF and EAFRD invest in a range of investment priorities and union priorities to Investing in education, training and vocational training for skills and lifelong learning. https://cohesiondata.ec.europa.eu/themes/10
New Cohesion policy (2021-2027)
Focus is on seven priorities, where the EU is best placed to deliver. The main objectives driving EU investments in 2021-2027 are :
- Regional development investments will strongly focus on objectives 1 - to promote the development and adjustment of regions whose development is lagging behind - and 2 - covers regions struggling with structural difficulties and helps to reduce gaps in socio-economic development.
- 65% to 85% of ERDF and Cohesion Fund resources will be allocated to these priorities, depending on Member States’ relative wealth.
- Smarter Europe, through innovation, digitisation, economic transformation and support to small and medium-sized businesses.
- a Greener, carbon free Europe, implementing the Paris Agreement and investing in energy transition, renewables and the fight against climate change.
- a more Connected Europe, with strategic transport and digital networks.
- a more Social Europe, delivering on the European Pillar of Social Rights and supporting quality employment, education, skills, social inclusion and equal access to healthcare.
- a Europe closer to citizens, by supporting locally-led development strategies and sustainable urban development across the EU.
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to further strengthen the Union’s social dimension with a new and improved European Social Fund, the European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) and a more effective European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The ESF+ Regulation will integrate the current ESF, YEI, FEAD, EaSI and the EU Health programme, with ESF being complementary to other funds (such as the EGF, Erasmus, AMIF, ERDF, RSP, InvestEU).
2. Library Policies
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We expect that a good number of libraries in Europe will implement SDGs in their action; EBLIDA is monitoring the European arena and will show best practices and results, as well as the policies behind individual projects
3. Main Indicators
(The corresponding Main indicators normally used at EU level to evaluate activities)
Key trends in “No poverty” in the European Union show the following evidence (Eurostat Report, pp. 35 and ss):
- Despite recent improvements, the EU remains far from its 2020 poverty target;
- Income poverty was the most widespread form of poverty in the EU in 2017;
- Considerable differences in the share of poverty exist within the EU and across the world;
- Single households, migrants and people with lower education as well as their children face high risks of poverty or social exclusion;
- Having a job is not a guarantee against poverty or social exclusion;
- Poor people often suffer from inadequate housing conditions;
- People who self-report unmet needs for medical care most commonly cite costs as the reason.
Goal 1’s attainment is monitored through the following main indicators: Source: EU SDG Indicator set 2019, p. 14:
4. Library Indicators
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Library Indicators enabling the evaluation of library performances and how they can match SDG indicators.
"End poverty in all its forms everywhere"
Poverty harms people’s lives and hampers social cohesion and economic growth. It is a multidimensional phenomenon and tends to persist over time and be transmitted across generations, meaning children born into poverty bear a higher risk of poverty in adult life than the average population. Coordinated policy interventions — such as effective redistribution, education, health, active labour market inclusion and access to integrated social services of high quality — can prevent the long-term loss of economic productivity from whole groups of society and encourage inclusive and sustainable growth. In the EU, poverty can take on various forms, including, but not limited to, income poverty, material deprivation, very low work intensity and in-work poverty.
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