Forum Monterrey 2007 UNESCO GKBD week

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Background

The Global Knowledge Based Development Week will be an unprecedented constellation of events aiming at gathering practitioners, government officers, academicians, policy-makers, NGO´s, financing institutions, consultants, students and public in general interested in knowledge as the most distinctive development factor of our time. This unique convergence is made possible through an international consortium of organizations devoted to different aspects of Knowledge Based Development (KBD) and Knowledge Cities (KCs). Together, we aim at sharing state-of-the-art frameworks, methods, techniques and experiences for the understanding, management and evaluation of KBD and KCs, thus contributing to set a global agenda in these fields. By bringing together the global specialists on KBD-related areas such as Knowledge Management, Economics, Urbanism, Policy-Studies, Geography and other fields, a transdisciplinary, cross-regional, interinstitutional dialogue on this powerful but still scarcely understood phenomenon is inaugurated.

Program Components:

The Universal Forum of Cultures and Knowledge Monterrey 2007 (Umbrella event)
After the First Edition took place in Barcelona in 2004, this outstanding international event ('the olimpics of culture”) sponsored by UNESCO will be hosted by The City of Monterrey from September 20 through November 18 (visit http://www.monterreyforum2007.org or download the Forum Brochure in PDF format)

The 1st Knowledge Cities Summit
A Conference by registration taking place on Wednesday 17 through Saturday 20. Several conversation formats aiming at facilitating knowledge exchange and socialization amongst participants.

The Most Admired Knowledge Cities (MAKCi) Awards
Telos, the UK-based MAKE Award organizer and The World Capital Institute have partnered to design and execute the global experts consultation that shall lead to the designation of the most admired knowledge for 2007. The Awards will be presented on Saturday 20.

The Forum Dialogues on Knowledge Based Development
Following the Forum Dialogues tradition, over 30 open sessions aimed at the general public will take place Tuesday 16 through Saturday 20 in several participative formats such as keynote conferences, rountables, debates, workshops, forum questions, etc., focusing on social aspects of knowledge relevant to citizens’ everyday life

Civil Society Square
The Dialogues: Best Practices, belong to Civil Society Square, special project of the Dialogues Program from Monterrey Forum 2007. These dialogues offers a space for communication between Civil Society Organisms for knowledge exchange to generate alliances and citizen participation nets, and support people to increment their credibility in all actions of these organisms to help the community.

The Ibero-American Community for Knowledge Systems General Assembly
The leading international Latin network devoted to knowledge management and knowledge-based development will hold its fifth annual general assembly on Monday 15 and delegates will participate throughout the whole week.

Cultural and social evenings
The week’s program will be scheduled to allow participants to enjoy the world-class menu of exhibitions, performances, and celebrations that will be bursting at the huge Fundidora Park and throughout the City. Check program at http://www.monterreyforum2007.org