News and events


On 9 October 2017, the Emirates Strategic Planning Association (ESPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the K4DP in Hotel lmperial, Vienna, Austria. The ceremony was attended by their Highnesses, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohamed Abdulla Al Mualle, as well as General Dr. Abdelqudous AlObaidli, Director of ESPA, and the UAE Ambassador to the UN in Vienna, H.E. Hamad Al Kaabi. For K4DP, there were 6 members present: Farideh Meghdadi, G√ľnter Koch, Annabella Johnson, Rita Ogunfojuri, Sharon Rahman, and Andreas Brandner. Dubai TV made some interviews which will be broadcast in the coming week.

Under the MoU, ESPA and K4DP have planned several activities, including events in a number of cities in the Arab world to promote K4DP and to strengthen local knowledge partnerships and international collaboration, combined with capacity building and cultural activities.

Past events

On 20-22 June 2017, Andreas Brandner of the K4DP attended the Knowledge Cities World Summit in Arequipa, Peru. He presented the paper 'The global Agenda Knowledge for Development and knowledge cities.' The Knowledge Cities World Summit is being organised by the World Capital Institute, Mexico.

Sarah Cummings attended the CERES Summer School in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on the theme of 'Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Gaps, Opportunities, and Challenges' on 22 June 2017. She presented the paper Critical discourse analysis of perspectives on knowledge and the knowledge society within the Sustainable Development Goals.

On 14 June 2017, Andreas Brandner made a presentation in the UNESCO session Defining Internet Universality Indicators and Access Policies to Support the Implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda at the WSIS Forum 12-16 June in Geneva, Switzerland.

On 3-4 April 2017, the Knowledge for Development Global Partnership Conference took place at the UN Palais des Nations, Geneva. Full reporting of the conference can be found on the website of the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) community covering both Day one and Day two. Here you can also find a wide range of presentations, videos and photographs.