The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) was created by a consortium of UN entities (UNESCO, UN-DESA, UNEP, Global Compact, PRME and UNU) in the run up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20). It was endorsed by IAU.

Join the HESI network and commit to:

  • 1) Teach sustainable development across all disciplines of study,
  • 2) Encourage research and dissemination of sustainable development knowledge,
  • 3) Green campuses and Support local sustainability efforts, and 4) Engage and share information with international networks.

Event: Higher Education for Climate Change Action, 14 Oct 2015 , Paris, UNESCO Headquarters

In advance of the XXI Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP21), HESI organized an event to take stock of progress made since Rio+20 by sharing best practices and lessons learned, to discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovations around climate change adaptation and mitigation and to encourage new or enhanced commitments by HESI members, particularly around the facilitation of academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies and to compose a message and a set of policy recommendations to be presented to the UNFCC Secretariat at COP21. More information

In preparing for the event, UN-DESA prepared a progress report on the impact of Higher Education institutions in advancing sustainable development and climate change. Contributions from higher education institutions were sought, in responding to the following question:

  • What initiatives has your higher education institution taken towards making progress towards climate change action, in terms of teaching, research, outreach, or greening campuses?

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Kindly note that this new item was originally posted July 2015.

Latest update: 08.01.2024