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Accelerating Action for the SDGs


IAU supports higher education institutions (HEIs) in their endeavor to educate current and future generations, conduct research, engage with local communities, and transform their campuses into "green campuses" to reach the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), see: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

This survey is the third iteration of the IAU Global Survey on HESD. The first survey was conducted in 2016, the report “Higher Education Paving the Way to Sustainable Development: A Global Perspective” was published in 2017. The second survey was conducted in 2019; the report was published in January 2020 under the title: "Higher Education and the 2030 Agenda: Moving into the ‘Decade of Action and Delivery for the SDGs’". Both received much attention globally.

The survey uses the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs as a framework to foster better understanding of how HEIs engage with sustainable development (SD), how they work, who is working on this at the institutional level and which SDGs are mainly in the focus. Furthermore, the outcomes of the survey will be useful for HEIs engaging or wishing to engage with SD; and to advocate for the significant role of higher education in implementing the 2030 Agenda at the UN level and to national governments. 

This third global survey will help showcase developments regarding SD in the higher education sector, and help universities implement good practices in sustainability. 

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