Faced with the planetary social and environmental emergency, accentuated by the covid-19 pandemic, universities must transform and gradually become transition campuses or campuses in transition towards social responsibility and sustainability. The Sustainable Development Agenda, which defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030, was adopted by 193 States in 2015 at the UN and has become an essential roadmap for all stakeholders in the society. Universities integrate it into their local contexts and into their ecosystems and assume their role to help build more sustainable and just societies, where poverty is eradicated, the planet protected and prosperity shared by all.
The AUF is organizing, in partnership with the media outlet The Conversation, and all of its networks, a series of webinars devoted to French-speaking scientific news entitled L'Actualité des Réseaux Francophones, open to all.
Accessible live or recorded in the form of digital resources, this program will take place every Tuesday and Thursday of the 3rd week of the month. Each focus, led by a moderator, allows dynamic interaction between speakers and the public, around a current topic related to the French-speaking university world.
In this context, a zoom on the place of the SDGs at the university will be proposed on April 13 and 15, 2021, around Francophone speakers, academics and experts in sustainable development and social and environmental transition.
This virtual meeting aims to clarify the role of higher education in achieving the 17 SDGs and to highlight successful initiatives to inspire the university Francophonie as a whole.
It will be moderated by Muriel Cordier, Head of the Research and Expertise Networks Department, Networks Directorate, AUF.