Universities and Colleges leading the way in commitment to global transformation
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord is a global initiative to embed Sustainable Development Goals across post-16 education. The Accord was launched on Saturday, 09 September at the World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) held in Vancouver, British Columbia. ‘The SDG Accord’ is the university and college sectors collective response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations.
The SDG Accord reflects the key role educators have in creating a new generation that can and will balance people, planet and prosperity. It aims to inspire, celebrate and advance the embedding of the goals in our institutions through education, research, leadership, operations, administration and engagement activities.
The SDG Accord is also a commitment from one institution to another that they will share the learning they accrue on the topic with each other both nationally and internationally and annually report on their progress. This reporting component of the SDG Accord compliments ISCN Member’s commitment to reporting campus sustainability activities and sharing of best practices to promote accountability and knowledge exchange. The ISCN will contribute to a sector overview of progress to be presented annually at the global progress review by the UN High Level Political Forum. The SDG Accord is facilitated by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), and is endorsed by 30 supporting organizations from across the world already.
“The SDG Accord compliments the work our ISCN Members undertake to support the SDGs and imbed sustainability into research, education, operations, and to equip students with skills to better the world.” remarks Zena Harris, Executive Director of the ISCN. “Reporting on campus sustainability is core to our network and we are happy to share our members progress and commitment to sustainability with others through the Accord.”
Endorsing Partners already include:
World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) Network
Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, (EAUC), United Kingdom
Conférence des grandes écoles, France
Society for the Environment, United Kingdom
RCE Brittany, France
Intentional Endowments Network, United States
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), United States
China Green University Network, China
Sustainability Education Research Institute, Canada
The Sustainability and Education Policy Network
Entrepreneurship Educators' Association of the Philippines, Philippines
Institution of Environmental Sciences, United Kingdom
National Union of Students, United Kingdom
Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Australia
Campus Responsables, France
Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
CAS-Net JAPAN, Japan
US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, United States
Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability, United States
Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, United States
Foundation for Environmental Education, Ireland
International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
International Association of Universities (IAU)
PSS.Educational Development Society, India
Youth Foundation of Bangladesh, Bangladesh
GIESD (Global Internode for Education and Sustainable Development), Morocco
Target4Green Educational Consultancy and Training Ltd
More information can be found on the SDG Accord website – www.sdgaccord.org
About the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
The ISCN includes over 80 globally leading colleges including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, the University of British Columbia, University of Oxford, EPFL, ETH Zurich, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Technical University of Denmark, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the National University of Singapore, The University of Hong Kong, and the University of Melbourne. ISCN universities represent over 20 countries and work together to holistically integrate sustainability into campus operations, research and teaching. The mission of the ISCN is to provide a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching.
Execution of the ISCN's strategic goals is supported by the ISCN Secretariat, operated by Sustainserv, Inc., and led by the Executive Director of the ISCN. Sustainserv Managing Partner Bernd Kasemir serves as the Secretary of the ISCN Board. The Secretariat supports and manages member relations, network development and outreach, resource materials, and strategic program management activities.