Background of the Conference
In September 2015, the member states of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly endorsed the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and its seventeen development goals. This is basically a visionary agenda to address the glitches facing the global community, including poverty, gender inequality, and climate change. Now, society is entering into an era where the future essentially will be shaped and determined by people’s ability to wisely use information and knowledge, a precious global resource that is the embodiment of human intellectual capital and technology. The knowledge-based economy places great importance on the diffusion and use of information and knowledge, as well as its creation. In this new economy, individuals and companies are obliged to focus on maintaining and enhancing their knowledge capital in order to innovate, and their ability to learn, adapt and change becomes a core competency for survival. Information and Knowledge is an essential resource and an indispensable prerequisite for the development of knowledge societies all over the world. In order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and to master the challenges of the future, it needs a culture of information and knowledge dissemination among different stakeholders worldwide and also proper management of this ever-expanding information and knowledge.