01.03.2019 - UNESCO Montevideo Office

Webinar on Knowledge Systems and Policymaking facing the 4th Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) already generates, in the most diverse areas, as many challenges as opportunities. Can knowledge systems contribute to make the best of this wave of change leaving no one behind? How can knowledge contribute to improving public policy decision-making in this context? There is no way to answer these concerns with a simple strategy and in isolation.

In this framework, a group of organizations interested in the implications of the 4RI -both in the political decision processes and in the production and use of knowledge in those processes- have launched a collaborative research project, which addresses this complex problem. They are Capability (Finland), Demos Helsinki (Finland), HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (Switzerland), Politics & Ideas (global), Southern Voice (global), and Using Evidence (Canada).

From the UNESCO Regional Office for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean we support this initiative, seeking to explore how knowledge systems can contribute to improving political decisions in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, especially in middle-income countries, and how to improve state capability and knowledge systems to deal better with these challenges.

The MOST Program in the UNESCO Montevideo Office, has contributed to the elaboration of the discussion document “State Capability, Policymaking and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: do Knowledge Systems matter?” as a form to promote a collective exploration around these issues.

This is only a first step to start developing the answers: to do so, we invite you to participate in our next Webinar to analyze some of the findings and dilemmas shared in the document, and identify ways to move forward.

Webinar: State Capability, Policymaking and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Do Knowledge Systems Matter?

When: Thursday, March 7 from 1 to 2:30pm GMT

Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/499301989

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