University commits to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by signing Accord

Posted by sll33 at Oct 13, 2017 12:10 PM |
Stand with us and pledge your support for the Sustainable Development Goals
University commits to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by signing Accord

Accord

On September 25th 2015, the United Nations adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

The UN adopted 17 goals each with specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

The SDGs provide an agenda for sustainable development that will stimulate collective action to address areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,”

“They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success”

The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised.

If we realise our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.

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The University and College Sector’s Collective Response to the Sustainable Development Goals

The purpose of the SDG Accord is twofold:

First it is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society.

Secondly, the Accord is a commitment learning institutions are making to one another to do more to deliver the goals, to annually report on each signatory's progress, and to do so in ways which share the learning with each other both nationally and internationally. An objective is that sector SDG reporting metrics will be presented at the annual UN High Level Political Forum.

The University of Leicester recognises and welcomes the clarity and universality of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the urgency attached to their implementation and have pledged our support by signing the AccordWe are basing the Social Impact Strategy on them as we recognise that education is key to many of the goals and their subordinate targets. In reflecting on how it contributes to the achievement of the SDGs, Leicester is examining its portfolio of teaching and research activities to identify the significant contribution that is being made by our activities and where the potential is to contribute further. A report will be made available shortly.

In the meantime, we are asking staff and students to get involved.

There are various actions you can take as an individual, and as a UoL citizen we would like you to inform us of any activities you do that contribute towards the goals and to share any future ideas.

We are also promoting the Accord so that individuals can also pledge their support.

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