IAU Global Cluster on HESD
IAU Global Cluster on HESD
The IAU Global Cluster on HESD promotes the role and potential that HEIs globally have in order to achieve the SDGs and Agenda 2030. Institutions in higher education have already started to address the SDGs in multiple ways, thus having an impact on teaching, research, leadership, and campus operations. The Cluster encourages collaboration and a holistic approach to the SDGs, focusing specifically on the whole institution approach.
For more than three decades, IAU has worked on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD). In September 2015, the Resolution Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and with it the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Although IAU had been active in Sustainable Development (SD) before, the adoption of the Agenda 2030 convinced the Association to make this one of its Key Priorities (HESD).
Unlike other projects in this area, the IAU Global Cluster on HESD brings HEIs from all continents together, and encourages them to develop joint initiatives and synergies. This project is more than just about north-south, south-south, or north-north connections; it is also about bringing in universities wishing to get involved further to work together on an equal footing.
The Cluster works on all dimensions of the SDGs, combining economic, social, cultural, and environmental sustainability. Especially the cultural dimension of SD will be at the core of this Cluster, since this is an area not touched-upon a lot by others. Yet, due to the diverse nature of the IAU, the association believes that this is the key to successful partnerships and a holistic understanding of the Global Goals.
Peer-to-peer learning sparks new ideas and creativity among the Members of the Cluster and will encourage other universities to step up their game towards achieving a more sustainable future. The aim is that the Cluster will help generate new joint and collaborative projects and other initiative.
The Cluster is composed of 16 lead Institutions, each championing and working on one specific SDG while at the same time linking it to other relevant SDGs. Work on goal 17, which consists of multiple organizations working together, is led by IAU. Gradually, additional institutions will be invited on board. The Cluster will be supported, monitored and steered by the IAU Working Group on HESD. Initiatives developed by the Cluster will be made available to all IAU Members.
Discover the outcome documents from the IAU HESD Cluster Meeting (March 2022)
- The statement on the Joint vision from the IAU Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) Cluster members
- The Strategy and Working Plan 2022-2024
Read more about the Cluster in the special edition of IAU Horizon!
IAU Report on IAU Global Cluster on HESD 2019-2020 click here for the pdf