This guide from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific highlights the important role universities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides practical guidance on how they can accelerate their contributions.
The key contributions universities can make include:
Providing the knowledge, innovations and solutions to underpin SDG implementation
Creating current and future SDG implementers
Ensuring the SDGs are embodied within universities’ own extensive operations
Providing cross-sectoral leadership in local, national and global implementation
Furthermore, engaging with the SDGs can greatly benefit universities by helping them to demonstrate university impact, capture demand for SDG-related education, build new partnerships, access new funding streams, and define a university that is responsible and globally aware.
Many universities are actively looking to play a greater part in addressing the SDGs. These include the nine universities in our region that have committed at their highest levels to address the SDGs by signing the University Commitment to the SDGs. However, until now there have been few resources on SDG implementation that provided practical guidance to address the unique needs and opportunities of universities.
The guide fills this gap by providing information on:
The case for university engagement with the SDGs
How universities can contribute to the SDGs through teaching, research, operations and external leadership
A step-by-step guide to developing a cross-university framework for SDG implementation
Practical guidance and tools to assist the process, including SDG mapping, reporting, stakeholder engagement, and managing interlinkages between the SDGs
Case studies and examples to inspire action
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