Higher education (HE) plays a key role in achieving the 2030 Development Agenda and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Leaders of universities and other higher education institutions, academic and administrative staff, students and other HE stakeholders are driving the processes towards a more sustainable present and future. The Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) global portal is a tool developed by the International Association of Universities; it provides access to actions and initiatives developed around the world to promote sustainability. Make sure you are part of it!

IAU Members’ and Partners’ News


"The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development" - Report by an independent group of schientists for the UN Read more

2019 Sustainable Development Report

SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung published the Sustainable Development Report 2019 including the SDG Index and Dashboards

UNESCO Report on SDG4

"Beyond Commitments - How countries implement SDG4" Read more

UNESCO publishes document on the ethnical challenges of climate change

In this new document, the UNESCO approaches the ethnical and philosophical questions in relation to climate change and possibilities on how to tackle them...

IAU Workshop at High Level Political Forum now online

IAU organised a workshop during the HLPF at the United Nations in New York. The full video is now available online.

IAU Publication SDG 13: Climate Action published

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has gathered 15 concrete examples of meaningful initatives towards climate action, undertaken by... Read more

International Green Gown Awards Finalists announced

The winners will be announced on 10th July 2019 in New York as part of the United Nations High Level Political Forum. Find out more about the Awards... Read more

Students demand more sustainable development in education and reduced climate impact

Student associations in the field of sustainability from Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg want to see more sustainable development in education... Read more

ESD Okayama Award 2019

Okayama City and ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee, are pleased to announce that the ‘ESD Okayama Award 2019’ is open for entry. It rewards... Read more

Universities and their actions