Universities in action for the UN 2030 Agenda

As part of EXPO 2020 DUBAI, within the Forum promoted by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), RUS is organizing the "Universities in action for the UN 2030 Agenda" Forum on January 18th, 2022, an event where international institutions of higher education, along with the students, will have the opportunity to discuss and imagine the role of universities within UN Decade of Action centered on the three Ps: People, Planet and Prosperity.

The Forum aims to stimulate culture and actions for sustainability leaving the stage to the visions of the young generations for the university of the future and to showcase the best practices already underway by universities around the world for the three Ps.

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> Annex A - Call for students

> Annex B - Call for HEIs

The Forum “Universities in Action for the UN 2030 Agenda” is organized by the Italian University Network (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo sostenibile - RUS) in partnership with the Italian Pavilion at EXPO 2020 DUBAI and with the collaboration of the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS).



The UN has identified as roadmap “5 Ps” that shape the SDGs: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnerships. They highlight how the SDGs form an intertwined framework instead of a group of siloed goals. RUS decided to focus the sessions of its Forum on 3 of them: People, Planet and Prosperity.



The SDGs declare the world’s determination “to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.” The university system can face and defeat poverty through actions focused on education accessibility, skill development, inclusion and social justice.



The SDGs set as their goal to protect the planet “so it can support the needs of the present and future generations.” The university system can play an important role as a trendsetter for actions suitable to tackle the global challenges of climate change and environmental crisis.



The SDGs aim to “ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that
economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.” Higher education institutions are labs for a new cultural and governance model that allows the possible growth of the economies in an environmentally sustainable way.






> Call for students

Students can send short videos of their ideas on the future of Higher Education Institution. The best videos will be edited into three different collage-videos focusing on People - Planet - Prosperity and showcased in the worldwide arena.

Let’s give voice to our students and their visions for universities in 2030!

Deadline POSTPONED: October 15th, 2021

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> Call for Higher Education Institutions - HEIs

Higher Education Institutions can send a video describing their best practice on one of the following topic: People, Planet, Prosperity. The best videos will be showcased in the worldwide arena.

Let’s show what universities are already doing to pursue the the UN 17 SDGs!

Deadline POSTPONED: October 15th, 2021

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