Global HE leaders commit to climate change action

The Joint Statement of Global University Leaders on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was signed by presidents from 56 universities

University presidents from 56 universities across six continents have committed to working together on climate change.

The global HE leaders – which included Durham University, the University of Bristol and University College London – signed the Joint Statement of Global University Leaders on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the first global online forum for university leaders, hosted by Zhejiang University in China.

The initiative includes five key aspects which all signatories have agreed to:

  • implementing the concept of sustainable development
  • improving sustainable development competence
  • supporting scientific research in response to global challenges
  • working with global partners to provide innovative solutions
  • constructive transnational cooperation on specific issues


UN officials including Nikhil Seth, UN assistant secretary-general and Stefania Giannini, UNESCO assistant director-general for education, joined the panel of speakers including Yale University president Peter Salovey, president of the International Association of Universities Pam Fredman and Eric Labaye, president of École Polytechnique.

“Co-operation and cohesion among higher education institutions and organisations will foster knowledge development and sharing,” said Pam Fredman, president of the International Association of Universities, Paris.

The Joint Statement of Global University Leaders on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been signed by the following institutions (in alphabetical order):

  1. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  2. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  3. Durham University, UK
  4. École Polytechnique, France
  5. Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
  6. Ghent University, Belgium
  7. Harvard University, USA
  8. Hitotsubashi University, Japan
  9. Hokkaido University, Japan
  10. Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China
  11. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
  12. Korea University, Korea
  13. Kyoto University, Japan
  14. Kyushu University, Japan
  15. Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China
  16. Mahidol University, Thailand
  17. Makerere University, Uganda
  18. Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia
  19. Nagoya University, Japan
  20. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  21. Northwestern University, USA
  22. Peking University, China
  23. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Russia
  24. Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  25. Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  26. Tel Aviv University, Israel
  27. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  28. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  29. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
  30. The University of British Columbia, Canada
  31. The University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  32. The University of Sydney, Australia
  33. The University of Western Australia, Australia
  34. Tohoku University, Japan
  35. Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  36. Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  37. Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
  38. Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
  39. University College Dublin, Ireland
  40. University College London, UK
  41. University of Alberta, Canada
  42. University of California, Davis, USA
  43. University of Bergen, Norway
  44. University of Bristol, UK
  45. University of Cape Town, South Africa
  46. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  47. University of Lagos, Nigeria
  48. University of Macau, Macau, China
  49. University of Oslo, Norway
  50. University of Ottawa, Canada
  51. University of Toronto, Canada
  52. University of Vienna, Austria
  53. University of Washington, USA
  54. Waseda University, Japan
  55. Yale University, USA
  56. Zhejiang University, China

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