Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership (GHESP)

In 2002, the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), Copernicus Campus, and UNESCO launched the Global Higher Education for Sustainability Partnership (GHESP), a type II partnership, to promote education for sustainable development in particular among higher education institutions.


  • Promote better understanding, and more effective implementation of strategies for the incorporation of sustainable development in universities and other higher education institutions. Emphasis is put on the need for interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. 
  • Identify, share and disseminate widely effective strategies, models and good practices for promoting higher education for sustainable development (HESD). 
  • Make recommendations on HESD in consultation with key Northern and Southern stakeholders. 
  • Work closely with the UN system to develop and implement this joint action plan addressed to achieve common goals; and analyse and evaluate this experience as an international demonstration project. 


After five years initiating and developing activities, the partnership ended.

Latest update: 09.11.2023