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New UN Youth Strategy has knowledge management and innovation key priority area

The United Nations Secretary-General tasked his Envoy on Youth, in conjunction with the UN system and youth themselves, to lead development of a UN Youth Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to scale up global, regional and national actions to meet young people’s needs, realize their rights, and tap their possibilities as agents of change.

The official launch of the new strategy took place on 24 September 2018 at a high-level event at the United Nations in New York.

Youth2030: The United Nations Youth Strategy has five key priority areas, one of which relates to knowledge management (KM) and innovation. This key priority area is “A Knowledge and Innovation Pioneer”:

A Knowledge and Innovation Pioneer

Given my previous criticisms of KM in the United Nations System, I’m very pleased to see the inclusion of this key priority area. I’m also pleased to see KM and innovation linked, which reflects the strong link evident in research. An illustration of the level of Youth Strategy commitment to knowledge management is the Youth Strategy Trello Board.

Article source: Youth2030: The United Nations Strategy on Youth.

Header image source: Youth Strategy Trello Board.

Also published on Medium.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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