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PLEASE HELP the KM & SDGs campaign by joining an URGENT AND IMPORTANT easy letter writing action!

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In just three weeks time, the Pact for the Future, the master blueprint for the revised Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be largely set in stone at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF). This means that we are RUNNING OUT OF TIME to have an influence!

Because of this, the RealKM-KM4Dev-K4DP KM & SDGs campaign group has initiated an easy letter writing campaign targeting country representatives to the UN. Two of the country representatives, from Germany and Namibia, have prepared the zero draft and then the new revised draft (Rev. 1) of the Pact for the Future, with input from the other country representatives, so it is a key group of people to target.

The letters will welcome the new “Action 30. We will build on and complement traditional and local knowledge” in the revised draft (Rev. 1) of the Pact for the Future, but, referencing a new RealKM Magazine article, alert to shortcomings which mean that the Pact for the Future needs further revision to comprehensively reflect a multiple knowledges approach.

Sending a letter to your country representative to the UN involves three easy steps:

1. Find the name of your country representative in https://www.un.org/dgacm/sites/www.un.org.dgacm/files/Documents_Protocol/headsofmissions.pdf

2. Look up the email address for your country representative on the internet (this should be straightforward to find).

3. Send them an email using the email text below. It’s good if each representative receives multiple emails from different people as this helps to reinforce to them that we’re raising an important issue.

Many thanks for your help!


EMAIL TO SEND TO YOUR COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UN

EMAIL SUBJECT: Seeking revisions to Action 30 of Rev. 1 of the Pact for the Future to reflect a multiple knowledges approach

(NOTE: IN THE EMAIL TEXT BELOW, PLEASE ADD THE NAME OF YOUR COUNTRY’S UN REPRESENTATIVE AT THE BEGINNING, AND YOUR NAME AND DETAILS AT THE END)

EMAIL TEXT:

Dear [YOUR COUNTRY’S UN REPRESENTATIVE],

I’m writing to welcome the revised draft (Rev. 1) of the Pact for the Future, and, as my country’s representative to the United Nations, to ask you if you can advocate for a very important further change to the Pact for the Future to address the vital role of multiple knowledges in the SDGs.

Our three international knowledge management (KM) organisations – RealKM Cooperative Limited, the Knowledge Management for Development Community (KM4Dev), and Knowledge for Development Partnership (K4DP) – welcome the new “Action 30. We will build on and complement traditional and local knowledge” in Rev. 1. Action 30 very much reflects our earlier written input on the zero draft, a copy of which can be found attached to our open letter which has so far been signed by more than 130 KM leaders globally. Titled “We urgently need to apply multiple knowledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” our open letter can be read at https://realkm.com/2024/02/20/open-letter-to-united-nations-and-world-governments-in-regard-to-summit-of-the-future-and-pact-for-the-future/

However, while Action 30 is an excellent inclusion, it has a number of significant and serious shortcomings. Because of this, the Pact for the Future needs further revision so that it comprehensively reflects a multiple knowledges approach. The reasons for this, as well as a suggested revised Action 30, can be found in the following article:

“Why the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will fail without a multiple knowledges approach”
https://realkm.com/2024/06/04/why-the-un-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-will-fail-without-a-multiple-knowledges-approach/

We invite you to read the article, and, on the basis of the evidence put forward, to consider advocating for our proposed revisions to Action 30.

Kind regards,

[YOUR NAME AND DETAILS, e.g. title/position, organisation]
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Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes (www.bruceboyes.info) 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 (www.realkm.com), and teaches in the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) Certified High-school Program (CHP).

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