Panel Discussion I
Higher Education’s Role in Securing a More Inclusive and Sustainable Future: An Emerging Need to Act and Transform
Panel Overview I
The Panel will bring together leading experts to present and discuss universities’ approaches to the SDGs and how the sector can collaboratively work together to create a more inclusive and sustainable future through embracing a holistic, transformative and cross-disciplinary, cross-boundary approach and set of actions. The experts on the panel will present strategies and frameworks for action that can be adopted to implement SDGs based on the UNESCO ESD for 2030 Roadmap. This includes but is not limited to the need for universities to revise their institutional strategies in the context of the 2030 agenda, integrating stakeholders’ leadership in sustainability actions in particular students, implementing sustainable development goals in teaching, research and organization, etc. The Panel will also consider the key competences approaches for sustainability and how can institutions of higher learning monitor the SDGs and measure their impact.
Overall, the panel aims to:
1. Discuss the critical role universities play in in delivering the 2030 SDGs to those within their sphere of influence and the sort of contributions they bring in
2. Highlight main considerations for successfully implementing and mainstreaming SDGs across institution and the sort of competencies required f or that
3. Present some of the most common approaches used to embrace and implement SDGs (i.e., SDGs focused curriculum and extracurricular activities, Sustainable development degrees, SDGs focused Interdisciplinary research, DG-focused project, SDGs awareness and capacity building.)
4. Share some of the existing frameworks and initiatives to assess SDGs implementation
5. Discuss strategies and initiatives to further expand and deepen the implementation of SDGs in Universities – what did we learn so far?