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HE pushes forward with sustainability targets

Universities and Colleges leading the way in commitment to global transformation

Posted by Charley Rogers | September 12, 2017 | Sustainability

The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) has launched a global initiative to embed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across post-16 education.

Announced at the World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) held in Vancouver, ‘The SDG Accord’ is the university and college sectors collective response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations

The SDG Accord reflects the key role educators have in creating a new generation that can and will balance people, planet and prosperity.  It aims to inspire, celebrate and advance the embedding of the goals in our institutions through education, research, leadership, operations, administration and engagement activities.


The SDG Accord is also a commitment from one institution to another that they will share the learning they accrue on the topic with each other both nationally and internationally and annually report on their progress.

A sector overview of progress will then be presented annually at the global progress review by the UN High Level Political Forum.

The education institutes responsible for moulding the minds of the next generation of leaders and change agents are accepting a central role in ending some of the most critical global challenges

The SDG Accord has been endorsed by 30 supporting organisations from across the world prior to its launch.

Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), said: “This is a huge step in the right direction to better show the world the value of universities, colleges and students. The education institutes responsible for moulding the minds of the next generation of leaders and change agents are accepting a central role in ending some of the most critical global challenges. We are collectively saying we will do everything in our power to address issues like gender inequality, poverty, hunger, lack of education, affordable energy, climate change, peace and resilience.

These are the most pressing issues of our time and we are all responsible, and nobody must be left behind. The premise of the Goals is simple: there must be economic, social and environmental balance.  Delivery has never been straightforward – but this SDG Accord will now help pave the way for holistic change. Institutions that sign up to the accord will embed the goals in every department and collaborate across cities, regions, countries and continents. This is the beginning of a total global transformation.”

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