The Joint Inspection Unit of the Unied Nations system (JIU) and Knowledge Management Austria (KMA) will co-organise the Knowledge for Development: Global Partnership Conference, on 3–4 April 2017, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference will be hosted at and facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva, and organised in cooperation with several partner organisations: The New Club of Paris, Knowledge Management for Development, Geneva Internet Platform, Knowledge for Development without Borders, and Swiss Knowledge Management Forum.
Knowledge is an essential, overarching element for the achievement of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, and therefore requires the world´s full attention. In this context, the conference is aimed at the review and advancement of knowledge management practices in the field of sustainable development and presenting a new agenda to strengthen knowledge societies and economies for development. It will provide insights in current practices and explore future developments in the use of knowledge management in the area of development. The conference is also expected to contribute to the activation of a global partnership in making full use of knowledge as a strategic asset of the United Nations system in the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goal 17 and the Agenda 2030.
During the event, the JIU will launch its 2016 Report on 'Knowledge Management in the United Nations system'. The best practices highlighted in the report and the ways and means to implement the recommendations made by JIU will be discussed by United Nations’ representatives and partners from the civil society organisations, private companies, academia, and knowledge management professionals. The 'Agenda Knowledge for Development' will also be presented, including the first set of Knowledge Development Goals. This Agenda, initiated by KMA and supported by a global community of thought leaders, brings a new and integrated view on the challenges and opportunities related to knowledge and provides orientation to all stakeholders in the field of development.