UK higher education institutions move to support Sustainable Development Goals

UK and Irish higher education facilities have issued a collective response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with select colleges and universities vowing to embed a new accord to champion the aims of the goals.

On 25 September 2015, the 194 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This was spear-headed by the 17 Sustainable development goals (see below) and acted as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.sdgs

Although 194 countries adopted the goals the action taken to reach these goals has been limited in some regions, progress has come but not at the speed and level which is necessary. Which is why is it important that the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), which represents more than two million UK and Irish students and 400,000 faculty and staff, has launched ‘The SDG Accord’ – a reflection on the role that educators have in igniting change across people, planet and prosperity.

The SDG Accord has already been endorsed by 30 supporting organisations from abroad prior to its launch, including organisations from China, the US and France. This progress at an higher education level is crucial to the success of the SDG’s going forward.

It is hoped the SDG Accord will inspire progress on goals related to climate change. Despite progress being made to tackle carbon emissions in the higher education sector, universities are still struggling to reduce emissions by a targeted 43% by 2020.

Here at Wiles Greenworld, Green Office Suppliers London, we support the SDG’s and hope to reflect their importance in our operations going forward. We believe that businesses have a major role to play in the SDG’s, particularly ensuring that all aspects of their supply chain keeps to the 17 pledges.

To find out more about the SDG’s, our Sustainability Consultancy or how we can help your Green Office, please call our friendly customer service team on 020 8758 7700.

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