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Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD)

Future well-being of humanity and the planet depends on successful resolution of the interconnected challenges of economic, social, cultural, and environmental sustainability. Since 1993, IAU advocates for the key role higher education plays in achieving sustainable development. IAU’s actions in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provide a framework for universities to develop inter-institutional collaboration in pursuit of sustainable development. The aim is to assist higher education leaders wishing to embed sustainable development concepts and principles in strategic planning, academic and organizational work.


IAU developed a dedicated portal on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development:
www.iau-hesd.net



This global portal presents IAU’s strategy to support sustainable development in higher education, reports on all IAU activities in the the field, provides useful resources about sustainable development in higher education and maps more than 800 inspiring initiatives implemented by higher education institutions and organizations to reach the SDGs.



STRATEGY



IAU OVERALL OBJECTIVES IN HESD FOR 2016-2020
  • Encourage peer-to-peer learning using IAU global network of higher education leaders
  • Monitor trends, develop and share expertise on the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Foster whole institution approaches at the leadership level to integrate sustainable development priorities
  • Provide leadership training, capacity building and networking services



IAU’S ABC STRATEGY TOWARDS HESD

ADVOCACY & ANALYSIS


IAU represents the voice of its Members globally, develops guidelines for embedding sustainable development in higher education and research and provides analyzes of global and regional trends on institutional approaches to sustainable development.

>> To learn more about IAU Policy Statements and the Global Surveys on HESD, go to RESOURCES.


BUILDING SYNERGIES & NETWORKING


- The IAU HESD Cluster is a group of 16 IAU Members who, collaborate with IAU to enhance knowledge sharing and develop expertise, projects and recommendations on how higher education can reach the SDGs.
>> To learn more about the IAU HESD Cluster, go to IAU GLOBAL CLUSTER ON HESD.

- IAU is a key partner of the UNESCO GAP ESD, which ends 2019. IAU will continue to be involved in the follow-up programme ESD for 2030, which will be launched at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in June 2020. It also collaborates with other international and national entities and sits on several committees to advance cooperation in HESD.


COMMUNICATING & CONVENING


- The IAU Global Portal maps institutional initiatives and showcases best practices on sustainable development from around the world. It includes more than 800 higher education institutions.
>> To learn more about the IAU Global portal on HESD, go to GLOBAL PORTAL

- The SDG Publication Series is a biannual publication — each edition is dedicated to a particular SDG and highlights IAU Member initiatives.
>> To learn more about the IAU SDG Publication Series, go to RESOURCES.



IAU’S WORKING GROUP ON HESD

The working group, composed of IAU Administrative Board members, provides advice on the strategic direction in HESD:

Chair
- Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, Thailand

IAU President
- Pam Fredman, Former Rector, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Members
- Ranbir Singh, National Law University, India
- Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabdi, President, University of Tehran, Iran
- Mohammad Reza Pourmohammadi, Chancellor, The University of Tabriz, Iran
- Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Vice Chancellor, International ‎Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and Former Vice-Chancellor Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
- Roberto Escalante Semerena, Secretary-General, UDUAL, Mexico
- Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania

IAU Secretariat
- Hilligje van't Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities
- Stefanie Mallow, Programme Officer, International Association of Universities



IAU PARTNERS IN HESD

To enhance international cooperation in HESD, IAU cooperates with various key partners and sits on several committees.
Click on each partner to learn more about our cooperation:


UNESCO GAP on ESD


Copernicus Alliance


TROP ICSU Project


SULITEST

Green Gown Awards

Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

Association of Commonwealth Universities

National Union of Students

IAU GLOBAL CLUSTER ON HESD


WHAT IS THE IAU GLOBAL CLUSTER ON HESD ?
Launched in 2018, the IAU Cluster on HESD promotes the role of higher education institutions in building more sustainable societies. It is a consortium of IAU Member universities from all parts of the world, working in collaboration to develop existing and new exciting initiatives to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by all United Nations Member States in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Cluster encourages a holistic approach to the SDGs, promoting the whole institution approach, where institutions aim to embed sustainable development in their strategic planning, academic and organizational work.


HOW DOES THE IAU GLOBAL CLUSTER ON HESD WORK?

Each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is assigned an institutional team leader, joined by a group of up to 8 Satellite Universities. IAU is responsible for leading the work on SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals.
IAU and the 16 lead institutions, together with their satellite universities are acting as the voice for higher education at the United Nations’ High Level Political Forum. Through this international cooperation, the project has the most global outreach than any other projects in the field.


WHO ARE THE INSTITUTIONS PARTICIPATING IN THE IAU GLOBAL CLUSTER ON HESD?

Discover the Members of the IAU Global Cluster on HESD ! Click on each SDG to learn more about the lead institution and its initiatives :


WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE IAU GLOBAL CLUSTER ON HESD?
If you wish to get involved in the activities of the IAU Global Cluster on Higher Education and Sustainable Development, please contact Stefanie Mallow, IAU Programme Officer for HESD. Please indicate your institution’s name, your contact details and do not hesitate to provide information on the existing and/or future initiatives towards sustainable development at your institution!

GLOBAL PORTAL

The Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) global portal is a tool developed by the International Association of Universities; it provides access to actions and initiatives developed around the world to promote sustainability. It showcases best practises of universities and higher education institutions worldwide. Actions include student initiatives, Living Labs, Green Campuses, faculties engaged in sustainable development, and leadership initiatives.

The portal is searchable by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), type of initiative, and area of work. It currently includes 800+ HEIs in over 100 countries and more than 800 actions worldwide.

If you wish to add your higher education institution, action, or news to the portal, please contact Stefanie Mallow.

>> WWW.IAU-HESD.NET

IAU @HLPF 2019

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the yearly conference of the United Nations where governments, UN Agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year, the HLPF 2019 was dedicated to “ Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality ”.
As the most global university association contributing to Sustainable Development and having the Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council, IAU took an active part in the debates and organized a series of events, together with a delegation of IAU Member Universities.

Learn about IAU’s contribution to the HLPF and click on the events to read more about each session !


The IAU Members delegation:

- Open University of Catalonia
- University of Bologna (Italy)
- Gothenburg University (Sweden)
- University of Tsukuba (Japan)
- Siam University (Thailand)
- University of the West Indies
- University of Bergen (Norway)
- University of Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
- Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
- Kedge Business School (France)

WHEN? WHAT? WHO? WHERE?

July 10, 2019
10am – 1pm

Workshop: Inspire. Change. Together.

Innovative approaches and partnerships to strengthen
the role of educators & academia to implement the SDGs

>> More information here


THIS SESSION WILL BE LIVESTREAMED!
Click here to see watch the session live

IAU WORKSHOP

Co-organized with
-  Association of Commonwealth Universites (ACU)
-  Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)
-  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime / Education for Justice initiative
-  International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)
-  University of Rey Juan Carlos
-  University Carlos III de Madrid


-  University of Tsukuba, Japan
-  University of the West Indies
-  University of Bergen, Norway
-  Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain


Conference Room 5, UN Headquarters

July 10, 2019
3pm – 6pm

HESI Special Event:

Green Jobs – Green Minds Higher Education for the Future

IAU PARTNER EVENT

organized by HESI

-  University of Costa Rica
-  UDUAL
-  CONARE


Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN HQ

July 10, 2019
6:15pm

International Green Gown Awards Ceremony

IAU PARTNER EVENT

-  Siam University, Thailand
-  IAU


Institute of International Education, 12th Floor

July 10, 2019
6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Education for democracy – a cornerstone for sustainable societies:

What did we learn from the Global Education Meeting 2018?


SIDE EVENT MODERATED BY IAU

organized by the Council of Europe and European commission

-  Hilligje van’t Land, IAU Secretary General (Moderator)
-  UNESCO
-  Council of Europe
-  European Commission
-  Country representatives


One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (Belgian Delegation)

July 11, 2019
9am – 11am

‘Scholarships for access, equity and global development’

IAU PARTNER SIDE-EVENT

organized by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)


Institute of International Education

July 11, 2019
6.30pm – 8pm

Mind Matters More Than Money

Boosting Cognitive Competences for Sustainable
Development through Science and Education


IAU MEMBER SIDE-EVENT

organized by the University of the West Indies, Jamaica


Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

July 12, 2019
1pm – 2:30pm

Research and Innovation 4 Climate Action

IAU MEMBER SIDE-EVENT

organized by the University of the West Indies, Jamaica


Room S-1520, UN Headquarters

RESOURCES

IAU provides research and monitors trends in order to help higher education institutions worldwide implement HESD.


RESEARCH & ANALYSES

>>> Mapping HESD worldwide – IAU HESD Global Portal
The IAU HESD portal is a tool accessible to all, spotlighting IAU Members’ and Partners’ contributions to the sustainable development goals. The aim is to generate synergies and networking around the world in favour of sustainable development. The portal www.iau-hesd.net features more than 700 initiatives and counts some 1000 monthly visitors.

>>> Researching HESD trends – IAU HESD global survey 2016
In 2016, the IAU launched its first global survey on the role of higher education in fostering sustainable development. The aim was to analyse IAU Members’ approaches to sustainable development. 120 institutions from all continents took part in the survey.
After launching its first survey in 2016, the IAU launched its second global survey on the role of higher education in fostering sustainable development in 20189. Next to analysing IAU Members’ approaches to sustainable development, it focused on the knowledge and implementation of the SDGs and Agenda 2030. The 2019 survey counted 536 valid responses from 428 universities in 101 distinct countries, compared to 120 institutions in the 2016 survey. A report with the survey results is forthcoming (January 2020).

>>> Publications
- Higher Education & SDG 13 : Climate Action Through University Teaching, Research and Community Engagement, 2019
- Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development: A Global perspective, 2017
- The Role of Higher Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, 18 experts worldwide shared their views in IAU Horizons, 2014
- The Contribution of Higher Education to Sustainable Development, 26 experts worldwide shared their views in IAU Horizons, 2012

IAU started a Series of Publication, one for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The first one on SDG 13 (Climate Action) was released in July 2019. The publications contains actions and initiatives from 15 higher education institutions and universities around the world. Currently, IAU is working on a publication for SDG 5 (Gender Equality), which will be released in spring 2020. Please contact Stefanie Mallow to find out more.



ADVOCACY

>>> IAU Policy Statements on HESD

>>> Letter from the President of the United Nations General Assembly (2017)
H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, Former President of the United Nations General Assembly, reached out to the IAU to call on all leaders of higher education institutions to embrace the sustainable development goals. The Association disseminated the UN letter to all IAU Members and Partners worldwide.

>>> Open Letter to COP21 Ministers and Governments (2015)
On 1 December 2015, a global alliance of higher education sustainability networks, including the IAU, representing more than 3,000 universities and colleges worldwide, jointly issued an Open Letter urging Ministers and Governments to acknowledge and strengthen the research and education role that universities and colleges play in addressing climate change.

>>> Rio+20 People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education (2012)
A partnership of over 30 agencies, organizations and associations, led by Copernicus Alliance and the IAU, developed the Higher Education People’s Sustainability Treaty to influence Rio + 20 dialogues.



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