Responding to the SDG call for collaborative partnerships and a collective effort towards sustainable development for all, the University of Geneva is convening the Geneva Trialogue on knowledge and the SDGs – a global Conference involving multilateral development agencies, academia and the private sector, notably the technology sector, to explore how new, technology-driven learning processes such as social learning, crowdsourcing and participative knowledge creation may become a key component of capacity-building and lead to achieving the SDGs.
Three global trends (the digital revolution, political action for sustainable development, and the advent of knowledge societies) resound today with three intergovernmental governance processes (the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS) existing since 2003, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also labelled the Global Goals) set to be completed by 2030, and the work around ‘knowledge societies’, a term coined by UNESCO in 2005).
The digital revolution and the new framework of action for sustainable development are significant drivers of change. The Geneva Trialogue on knowledge and the SDGs aims at opening a discussion line between academic, development actors, such as IO and NGOs, and the private sector on the potentials dividends of the digital revolution in knowledge production and education towards the SDGs.
The first edition of the Geneva Trialogue, scheduled on 16 November 2016, will focus on the dividends of digital innovation. It will consider quality, relevance, timeliness and diffusion of lifelong education and take stock of past educational ventures, social learning and community tools. It will invite all partners to present and/or launch new projects in tertiary and continuing education, in formal and informal settings.