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Multi-Journal Editorial Project achieves unprecedented collective intervention

As a key part of the KM & SDGs campaign, KM4Dev, RealKM, & K4DP are inviting leading knowledge management and development journals from around the world to publish the editorial entitled “We urgently need multiple knowledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” in the lead-up to July’s United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

This action is inspired and informed by the health sector’s Multi-Journal Editorial Project. Last year, almost 300 leading health journals around the world agreed to publish an editorial on health and climate change in the run up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference. This was an unprecedented collective intervention, and followed on from three earlier successful editorial actions.

As president-elect of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), I manage the Multi-Journal Editorial Project. I’m also a member of the KM4Dev Core Group, where I’m pleased to now be using my knowledge to guide the KM4Dev-RealKM-K4DP KM & SDGs campaign in its journal editorial action.

An overview of the Multi-Journal Editorial Project is presented below, along with an example of one of the nearly 300 editorials published last year and a list of the journals that published it.

The Multi-Journal Editorial Project

Time to treat the climate and nature crisis as one indivisible global health emergency

Full list of authors and-signatories to climate emergency editorial October 2023

Header image: Flooding in Nowshera, Pakistan. Source: Amjad Jamal, UN World Food Programme, via UN University, CC BY-ND 3.0.

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Chris Zielinski

Chris is a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer in Global Health at the University of Winchester (UK). He leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme (, a development consultancy working in the areas of evaluation, health and information policy, open access, knowledge management, copyright and ethics. Chris is also President-elect of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). He has held senior positions at the World Health Organization and other UN organizations in Vienna, Geneva, Rome, Egypt, India, Zimbabwe and the Congo. He has also been CEO of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society – the copyright society for British authors – and has held a number of elected and honorary appointments related to media, digital and ethical issues.

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