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Open letter to United Nations and world governments in regard to Summit of the Future and Pact for the Future

KM4Dev, RealKM, & K4DP call for the urgent application of multiple knowledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Please read the open letter and circulate it widely. You’re invited to add your signature – many people from the KM community have already signed.

As discussed in the outcomes article, Challenge B of the Knowledge Management Global Network (KMGN) HacKMthon held in October last year saw RealKM and KM4Dev initiate a journals editorial campaign project. The project is being carried out in response to very serious knowledge-related deficiencies in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is well underway.

The UN plans to reboot the floundering SDGs at the Summit of the Future in September this year, through the adoption of the Pact for the Future. The release of a zero draft of the Pact for the Future has seen RealKM and KM4Dev’s campaign expand to include the open letter below, and we have also commented on the zero draft (a copy of our comments is attached to the open letter). The Knowledge for Development Partnership (K4DP) has also joined the campaign.

See also Libraries and Archives for Successful Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Open letter to the United Nations and world governments in regard to the Summit of the Future and Pact for the Future
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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is a knowledge management (KM), environmental management, and education professional with over 30 years of experience in Australia and China. His work has received high-level acclaim and been recognised through a number of significant awards. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group at Wageningen University and Research, and holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction. He is also the editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine (, and teaches in the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) Certified High-school Program (CHP).

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