HESI Special Event The Role of Further Education to Drive Collective Action for the SDGs: Building a Sustainable and Resilient Recovery
From SDG Academy
This Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) Special Event took place on July 7th, 2021. during the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in order to highlight the critical role of higher education in achieving sustainable development by forming the current and future generation of leaders, driving the research and policy agenda for both the public and private sectors, as well as facilitating multi-stakeholder collaboration at the local and global level. This forum also brought together key actors in the space to highlight the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2021’s HLPF focused on “Sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building and inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery of sustainable development.”
As HLPF participants explored various aspects of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, from international cooperation to controlling the pandemic and its impact to put the world back on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030, this event aimed to:
1. Provide a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the Higher Education sector, as well as the lessons learned, to support a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
2. Highlight key stakeholder initiatives that drive innovative efforts in support of the recovery and achievement of the SDGs, through education, teaching and learning, decarbonization of campuses, and other crucial endeavors.
Click here to learn more about the Higher Education for Sustainability Initiative.
3. Convene an evolving and action-oriented conversation on how to bring about the collective systemic change needed to realize the decade of action and achieve the Agenda 2030.
Following the event, the Green Gown Awards administered by The EAUC recognized exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world's universities and colleges. The International Green Gown Awards sets the bar and puts every learning institution at the heart of delivering the UN Global Goals.
Click here to learn more about the Green Gown Awards and see the full list of winners.