Unis called on to address UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
A group of international university leaders recently met to discuss education’s role in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out by the United Nations in 2016. More specifically, the educators were addressing their obligations in relation to Goal 4 – ‘Ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.’
It is an issue that has weighed heavily on the minds of members of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), which includes senior representatives from universities around the world including Australia. The IAUP recognises that as knowledge organisations, universities were among the most important players in realising a number of the United Nations SDGs.
At a meeting in South Africa in October 2016, several hundred university leaders from over 100 countries put their heads together to discuss their position ahead of the next IAUP conference in July this year. There was unanimous agreement of the need to invest in the education of the next generation and to use education and training to help reduce poverty and inequality.
IAUP Secretary General Professor Alvaro Romo said that universities around the world should reflect their commitment to sustainable development in their research and teaching and by actively promoting the idea of global citizenship and by reflecting the SDGs in university strategies and policies.