Role of higher education in building back better from COVID-19 and advancing the 2030 Agenda

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) is an open partnership between several United Nations entities and the higher education community launched in the run up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 in 2012).  

Each year, HESI organizes a global forum as a special event to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to highlight the critical role of higher education in achieving sustainable development.

This year, the HESI+10 Global Forum, held on 6 July 2022 as a virtual event, placed a particular focus on deepening the understanding of the challenges and opportunities the higher education community can play in building back better from the COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in line with the theme of HLPF in 2022. 

Three open webinars on topics related the theme of HLPF were held in the lead-up to the forum. The output of the webinars fed into the discussions of the forum.  Click on the title to watch the webinar recordings:

Webinar 1:

Transformation of higher education post COVID-19,
27 April, 09 - 10.30 AM (EDT) 

Webinar 2:

Integrating Sustainable Development Goals into higher education,
31 May, 09 - 10.30 AM (EDT) 

Webinar 3:

Inspirational higher education initiatives for SDG 4, 5, 14 and 15,
21 June, 09 - 10.30 AM (EDT) 

The HESI+10 Global Forum and the webinars are open to all relevant stakeholders. 

The recording of the Global Forum is available  here.

Please, find more information on the HESI+10 Global Forum and the webinars (including recordings) here:

IAU Activities at the HLPF 2022: 

Other events with HESI partners:

SULITEST EVENT: Making sustainability education part of the DNA of universities - Can we prove it?

A master class on embedding sustainability in the education system and measuring performance of universities!

Different guest speakers provided insights on how they currently work together with Professors, Students, Accreditation bodies and other stakeholders to develop long lasting sustainability strategies. One recurring issue is how can universities prove the effectiveness of the application of different strategies, as well as how to ensure these initiatives are broad-reaching rather than niche.

Watch the replay here

Latest update: 18.09.2023