During the last three years, I have been working in a small team at UNDP's Knowledge Management Group working on a number of KM initiatives such as connecting UN agencies with regards to KM topics, supporting UNDP's communities of pratices on development topics related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and on establishing the social collaboration platform "Teamworks" for UNDP and its partners. I am therefore quite proud that UNDP as an organization has now received the prestigious "Column of Knowledge Award 2012" by Knowledge Management Austria (KMA) in Vienna, Austria, for its “outstanding efforts and achievements to promote the idea of knowledge societies”.
The UNDP website features a respective article here, quoting the Managing Director of KMA, Mr Andreas Brandner, highlighting “UNDP’s role in connecting UN Organizations with
Knowledge Management" and in particular emphasizing Teamworks
as “the most promising knowledge management initiative within the UN
focusing on knowledge networking within a global knowledge partnership”. Mr Brander also mentions UNDP’s “effort on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals,
to document MDG (uneven) achievements with case studies, good stories,
supported by videos, and other media, which were tremendous and
outstanding within the UN”.
My colleague, Giulio Quaggiotto, UNDP’s Practice Leader for Knowledge and Innovation at the UNDP Regional Centre in Bratislava accepted the the award on May 31st on behalf of UNDP, and during his keynote
speech highlighted the importance of focusing on people
and cultural change, becoming a real time organisation by harnessing the
power of social networks and the digital footprint, and harnessing the
knowledge outside of UNDP through initiatives such as the RioDialogues (see my earlier blog post here).
According to KMA's letter to UNDP informing the organization about the award, "the Knowledge Management Award is presented annually by Knowledge
Management Austria to one personality with outstanding achievements in
the field of knowledge politics and knowledge management, as well as to
one international organization with a global impact on knowledge
societies." Since the foundation of the Austrian Knowledge Partnership,
two other UN organizations have received the award, namely the
International Atomic Energy Agency in 2010 and UNESCO in 2011.
For more information on Knowledge Management Austria and the award
ceremony, including pictures, presentations and the entire Laudation
text, please follow this link: http://km-a.net/forschung/Pages/AgendaWissen2012.aspx.