Knowledge Management Platform

Knowledge for Development. Global Partnership Conference 2017

Geneva, 3-4 April 2017

Palais des Nations, Conference Room XXIV

Program: download

Agenda Knowledge for Development and 73 Statements: download

Report of the Joint Inspection Unit of the UN: KM in the United Nations System.

Knowledge for Development Partnership Declaration: download

Conference Announcement

The Global Knowledge for Development (K4D) 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.

The Conference will provide insights into current practices and explore future developments in the use of knowledge management in the area of development. Knowledge is at the heart of global development. It is a critical
resource for development organizations to work and collaborate successfully as well as for communities, cities, nations, and regions to create wealth, quality of living, peace, and sustainability. 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.

As a first highlight, the Joint Inspection Unit (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 organizations, private companies, academia, and knowledge Management professionals.

As a second highlight, the “Agenda Knowledge for Development” will 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 an orientation to all stakeholders in the field of development.


The Conference is co-organized by the Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System and Knowledge Management Austria. It is hosted at the United Nations Office at Geneva, in cooperation with the following partner organizations:

KM4Dev – Knowledge Management for Development

The New Club of Paris

Knowledge for Development without Borders

Swiss Knowledge Management Forum

Registration and visa

There is no registration fee for the conference which is open to all, subject to registration.
Here you find the registration instructions and the registration form. Please fill the form according to the instruction and send it to the Joint Inspection Unit of the UN as requested in the instruction.

In order to get a visa, please follow the link, provided by the Swiss Mission to the UN in Geneva.


Please open here the full program of the conference!

Day one
The first day will see the opening of the conference by the Director-General of the UN Office Geneva, Mr. Michael Moller, and high-level diplomatic and United Nations representatives.

Session 1 will see the introduction of the two flagship documents:

The inauguration of the Knowledge for Development Partnership will be celebrated in the presence of the global K4D Community with Alphorns playing. Whoever signs the Partnership Declaration until April 4, will be recognized as a Founder.

After the lunch break, Session 2 will present good practices in Knowledge Management from the United Nations system, moderated by Steve Glovinsky, including the United  Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Library, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), and the World Bank.

Session 3 will then represent a discussion on measuring the impact of knowledge management with leading experts in this field, followed. In parallel, a Knowledge Market provides the opportunity for participants to share their organizational approaches, achievements, failures, and learnings in an informal setting.

The final event on the first day will be the presentation of the two 2017 Knowledge Management Awards by Dr. Andreas Brandner of KMA. The organizational KM Award will be presented to Dr. Petru Dumitriu, recognizing the work of the Joint Inspection Unit in raising the profile of knowledge management in the United Nations and further afield. The winner of the individual KM Award is Prof. Leif Edvinsson.

Day two
The opening session (Session 5) on day two will comprise a multi-stakeholder approach to knowledge for development, featuring presentations by the private sector, universities, non-governmental organizations, diaspora organizations, and the media.

In Session 6, some best practices will be presented including:

  • Arab Knowledge Report by the MBR Foundation and the UNDP
  • Capacity4Dev, DG International Cooperation, and Development, European Commission
  • Knowledge for Development without Borders
  • Climate Knowledge Brokers Group
  • Dgroups
  • Capacity-building market place of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

This will be followed by a knowledge café on ‘Advancing Knowledge for Development’
(Session 7), facilitated by Peter Bury.

The final session represents a fishbowl discussion of the issues raised during the conference (Session 8).

This will be followed by the closing ceremony, in which Elias Carayannig, George Washington University, will present his K4D Vision 2030.

Knowledge Market

A Knowledge Market will provide the opportunity to share Knowledge Management for Development experiences during the 2 April KM4Dev day and the 3–4 April Knowledge for Development Conference.
Further information and registration to secure display space:

KM4Dev meeting on 2 April 2017 – All Welcome

Prior to the Conference, on Sunday 2 April 2017, there will be a meeting of the Knowledge Management for Development community to which all participants will also be welcome.
Follow the latest news see KM4Dev wiki.

Organization and Registration

Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations system (JIU) and the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

Websites of partner organizations, with related information and discussions

Livestreaming and Online-Participation

Selected sessions will be live-streamed. Online-participation is possible. For further information visit:


Palais des Nations, Conference Room XXIV, (E building, Door 40)
8-14, Avenue de la Paix
Pregny Gate, Geneva

Conference Chairs

Dr. Petru Dumitriu, Inspector, JIU
Dr. Andreas Brandner, KMA/KM4Dev/NCP
Dr. Sarah Cummings, Knowledge Ecologist/KMA/KM4Dev
Peter Bury MSc, KM4Dev
Prof. DI Günter Koch, KMA/NCP
Helen Gillman MA, IFAD/KM4Dev