(31 Mar 2021) University presidents from 30 countries have signed a ‘Joint Statement of Global University Leaders on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, witnessed by United Nations officials.
At what was described as the first global online forum for university presidents on the ‘Role of Universities in the 2030 Agenda’, hosted by Zhejiang University in China on 24 March, presidents from 56 universities across six continents committed to working together to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The initiative includes five key aspects which all signatories have agreed to:
• Implementing the concept of sustainable development across their activities and operations.
• Improving sustainable development competence of students, faculty and staff.
• Supporting a wider spectrum of scientific research, including blue-sky discovery and transdisciplinary research, in response to global challenges.
• Working with global partners to provide innovative solutions and leveraging technology.
• Upholding open science to facilitate constructive cross-border collaboration to solve specific problems.
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