Committed to the SDGs for the Global Day of Action!

25/09/2019

The 25th of September 2019 marks the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. Worldwide this day is marked as a Global Day of Action, under the #Act4SDGs Campaign.

The aim of the 2030 Agenda is for nobody to be left behind, and universities together with all other actors should play a leading role in its achievement. To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are excited to share with you some of the work we have done so far and future actions in the framework of the strategic line that GUNi adopted around the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Societies need global transformation and clear commitment to sustainable development, the reduction of social inequalities and the improvement of living conditions at local and global levels. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a response to this need: a universal, ambitious, sustainable development agenda involving education, health, environment, industry, justice, governance and cities, among others.

Challenges such as health and demographic change, food safety, quality education for all, safe and clean water, green and energy-efficient sources, climate change, and inclusive and secure communities need the engagement of universities and the higher education community in general to respond on global and local levels. On the one hand, universities need to help to find solutions and transfer knowledge to tackle the global challenges faced by our world (and summarized by the SDGs) and on the other hand, they need to engage with their communities and foster the economic, social and cultural
development of their nation, region or society.

It is in this framework that GUNi - as a network of higher education institutions, UNESCO Chairs and research centres seeking to inform policymaking- adopted a strategic line of action around the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs with a focus on partnerships, knowledge and research. GUNi’s project on SDGs is based on:

· The GUNi International Conferences on SDGs (International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation, 2017 - International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals and Higher Education, 2020)
· The Group of Experts on SDGs and Higher Education
· The following publications and reports: "Approaches to SDG 17 Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" and "Sustainable Development Goals: Actors and Implementation, a Report from the International Conference"

The 25th of September 2019 marks the 4th anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. Worldwide this day is marked as a Global Day of Action, under the #Act4SDGs Campaign. The aim of the 2030 Agenda is for nobody to be left behind, and universities together with all other actors should play a leading role in its achievement. To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are excited to share with you some of the work we have done so far and future actions in the framework of the strategic line that GUNi adopted around the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

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  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Ajuntament de Barcelona