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Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Global Event
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, and UNITAR), was created in 2012 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, HESI accounted for more than one-third of all the voluntary commitments that were launched at Rio+20. Through its strong association with the United Nations, HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy making.

On the occasion of the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development – the United Nations’ central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - the partners of HESI are organizing an event for higher education institutions to showcase how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the SDGs, is being integrated into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices, and to position higher education institutions as key drivers for achieving the SDGs.

Participants of the HESI event will include government officials, academia, university administrators, UN representatives, sustainability professionals, major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

The event is open to all HLPF participants (UN grounds pass required, or special event ticket).

How are you integrating SDGs into your teaching, research, outreach and practice?

HESI provides a unique interface for higher education institutions to share their experiences and strategies for advancing the sustainable development agenda:

  • Teach sustainable development across all disciplines of study, including through online based platforms,
  • Encourage research and dissemination of sustainable development knowledge,
  • Green campuses and support local sustainability efforts,
  • Engage and share information with international networks,
  • Engage universities in local government and city development projects.

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More information
Cristina Contreras, Research Associate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
David Howard, University of Oxford
Dr Katarina Popovic, ICAE Secretary General Professor, University of Belgrade
Jakob Grandin, PhD Candidate, University of Bergen
Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME, UN Global Compact (on behalf of the HESI Steering Group)
Mr. Aurelien Decamps, Sustainability Literacy Test (SULITEST)
Mr. Iain Patton, Chief Executive, Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, The Global Alliance SDG Accord
Mr. John Shiling, The Global University System (GUS)
Patricia Iglecias, Professor, University of Sao Paulo
Victoria Thoresen, Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (PERL)
United Nations