The Agenda: a call for new statements

Updated 13 April 2018

The Agenda Knowledge for Development is the result of a process covering more than two years, aimed at building a global knowledge partnership for the development of a peaceful, wealthy, inclusive and sustainable world. The first edition of the Agenda Knowledge for Development was presented to the Knowledge for Development Summit, held in Vienna, Austria, on 14 October 2016. After review and further contributions, a third, revised edition has been created and was presented in Geneva, Switzerland, on 3-4 April 2017 at the Knowledge for Development: Global Partnership Conference 2017.

As part of the Agenda Knowledge for Development, many leading individuals have contributed 73 statements in which they have put forward their personal views and perspectives on knowledge societies, representing diversity and richness of ideas, ambitions, experiences and commitments. Although most of the statements have been contributed by leading experts, we also have a small number of contributions from individuals at the beginning of their professional working lives. Together, we share a vision of how knowledge and knowledge societies can contribute to an inclusive approach to human development.

Call for new statements
A new edition of the Agenda will be published in April 2018. If you would like to contribute your own personal statement, please send it to Sarah Cummings by 30 April 2018. Kindly note we already have 40 additional statements and commitments to provide many more so we are looking at reaching 120+ statements this time around.

A statement should express your own personal vision on knowledge, knowledge for development, knowledge management or knowledge societies in less than 400 words. Anything that inspires you either personally or professionally can be the subject of your statement, ranging from ISO 30401, ICT4D and big data to the arts and literature, libraries and information services, food and nutrition security, global health, women and gender. As a new innovation, we have also agreed that statements can be provided in a language other than English. There are no specific criteria about whether statements are accepted or not and, to date, all statements have been included. In particular, we are actively searching for new statements which add a new or improved perspective on knowledge and the SDGs.

To be inspired by the existing statements and Knowledge Development Goals, download the Agenda here.