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Geneva Trialogue on knowledge and the SDGs

Global Conference involving multilateral development agencies, academia and the private sector to explore how new, technology-driven learning processes may become a key component of capacity-building and lead to achieving the SDGs.

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.

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01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

02. zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

03. good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

04. quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

05. gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

06. clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

07. affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

09. industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

10. reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. sustainable consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14. life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

16. peace and justice

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development