The first SDG Accord report was delivered to the UN High Level Political Forum in July 2018. This was received well and one of the recommendations for the UN was immediately agreed on by them. That was for the SDG Accord to be an officially recognised tool of The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI*).
*HESI is 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.
Read the report: Global universities, colleges and students leading delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
There is also a communications toolkit to support the report.
To the UN
1. Recognise the SDG Accord and the Global Alliance of university and college sustainability networks as a formal Higher Education Sustainability Initiate (HESI) SDG enabling partner
2. Endorse and communicate the important role higher and further education makes in contributing to delivery across all the SDGs (not just SDG 4)
3. Seek ways to convene tertiary education stakeholders and bring to wider attention examples of best practice from universities and colleges
4. Call on country members to mandate the embedding of Education for Sustainable Development and whole-institution university and college sustainability assessment and formally report on it
5. Enable the UN organisational members of the HESI to more regularly communicate, coordinate and host an annual cross system event in partnership with the Global Alliance
6. Create a mechanism to fund international collaborative interdisciplinary research opportunities in and between universities and colleges on the SDGs.
To All Universities and Colleges
1. Sign the SDG Accord at a senior leadership level
2. Collaborate with your local Accord Endorsing Partner and contribute to the national and international repository of SDG Accord learning
3. Report formally internally and externally on SDG progress through the SDG Accord Reporting process
4. If your institution undertakes research, change the research application to necessitate researchers’ outlining which of the SDGs the work contributes towards
5. If your institution looks to update or begin new processes, incorporate the SDGs. Particularly strategies, policies and the updates to the curriculum or course review process
6. Look for innovative ways to increase staff and student capacity to address the SDGs.
1. Sign the SDG Accord
2. Start a conversation with your university or college and ensure the SDGs are being integrated into your course and/or research, as well as wider operational and engagement activities.
3. Be the change you want to see.
To Accord Endorsing Partners
1. Encourage your members to sign the SDG Accord and facilitate their national and international knowledge exchange
2. Integrate the SDGs into the tools, standards and accreditations you control
3. Create new resources and services to support your members to engage more staff and students in the SDGs, and create new approaches to SDG research
4. Create more opportunities for national and international SDG collaborations across other networks which are part of the Global Alliance.
Openly and annually accounting for progress and sharing our experience and learning from implementing the SDGs is a key requirement of the Accord. Those that do not comply with this requirement following the second year of reporting will be removed as an institutional signatory from the SDG Accord.
You can find out what this year's reporting looked like here. We will be looking to make some changes to the process and are keen to hear your views. So if you have any thoughts on improving the reporting process, get in touch.
A sector overview of progress will now be presented annually at the UN High Level Political Forum.
SDG Accord report - July 2018
*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