The University and College Sector’s Collective Response to the Sustainable Development Goals
The purpose of the SDG Accord is twofold:
First it is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society.
Secondly, the Accord is a commitment learning institutions are making to one another to do more to deliver the goals, to annually report on each signatory’s progress, and to do so in ways which share the learning with each other both nationally and internationally. An objective is that sector SDG reporting metrics will be presented at the annual UN High Level Political Forum.
Who should sign the Accord?
The Accord can be signed on three levels.
- Leaders of institutions sign to make a corporate commitment – this must be the highest authority such as Vice Chancellor, Principal, President etc.
- Leaders of related university and college support organisations sign to make a corporate commitment to supporting the sector
- Individual students, researchers, academics and operational staff can sign to make a personal and professional commitment to playing their part in advancing sector performance
Openly and annually accounting for progress and sharing our experience and learning from implementing the SDGs is a key requirement of the Accord. The Accord is not prescriptive on what form this takes only that it is made available to your local or national networks. Possible formats include reports, videos, policy documents, case studies and blogs etc. Endorsing Partner networks commit to making these resources available to each other’s networks internationally. A sector overview of progress will be presented annually at the UN High Level Political Forum.