2021 SDG Conference Bergen: The SDGs after the crisis

While the world has united behind the 2030 Agenda, rising global inequalities have long threatened to derail the progress made so far. Adding to this, the outbreak of COVID-19 has had devastating impacts across the world. Recognizing this global fundamental challenge, the 2021 SDG Conference Bergen focuses on tackling global inequalities, relevant for all of the goals, to achieve a new path for sustainable development, after the crisis.

Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide will be opening the conference.

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NCKU Receives 2020 National Sustainable Development Award

National Cheng Kung University received the 2020 National Sustainable Development Award on November 25th at an award ceremony in the Executive Yuan. Three schools were conferred this award in the education category, including National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), China Medical University, and Mingdao High School (Taichung). NCKU has demonstrated in recent years excellence in promoting the localization of sustainable development and its integration with daily living by substantively achieving the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through cross-disciplinary collaborations, NCKU was able to establish a campus sustainability consensus. NCKU leads the nation’s universities as being the first to champion the United Nation’s SDGs.

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University of Alberta: International Week 2021: February 1-6

A warming globe, increasing numbers of refugees and displaced persons, gender disparity, economic inequalities, freshwater shortages, famine, war… We are bombarded with these issues and many others facing the planet and its inhabitants every day. To address these issues, the UN established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.

Learn more about the SDGs and find hope and opportunity for action at International Week 2021 (I-Week).

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Research Collaboration to Prevent Risks in Transport Infrastructures related to Climate Change

Developing and implementing a robust decision-making platform to anticipate, manage and mitigate natural risks in road and rail infrastructure networks of the Atlantic Area is a key objective of SIRMA, a €2 million pan-European research project.

SIRMA (Strengthening Infrastructure Risk Management in the Atlantic Area), which is scheduled to be completed in 2022, aims to significantly improve the resilience of such infrastructures, in particular in face of climate change impacts.

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Zhejiang University: Global University Leaders Commit to Joint Action on Reaching UN 2030 Agenda

At the first global online forum for university leaders, hosted by Zhejiang University in China, presidents from 56 universities across six continents have committed to working together to meet sustainable development goals (SDGs). The initiative includes five key aspects which all signatories have agreed to: implementing the concept of sustainable development, improving sustainable development competence, supporting scientific research in response to global challenges, working with global partners to provide innovative solutions and constructive transnational cooperation on specific issues.

Among the top 50 universities on the QS World University Rankings, 80% have developed their university-level sustainability strategy, plans or operational activities. According to Zhaohui Wu, President of Zhejiang University (ZJU), the purpose of the forum was to bring together leaders from some of the best universities to share these visions and best practices on SDGs and explore opportunities for potential cooperation in safeguarding a sustainable future.

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University Of Cape Town: New African Urban University Project Launched

the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Associate Professor Zarina Patel launched the New African Urban University, a one-year project funded by the Worldwide Universities Network’s (WUN) Research Development Fund.

Associate Professor Patel, from UCT's Department of Environmental and Geographical Science in the Faculty of Science, is the principal investigator on the project, leading a team of members from nine WUN-member universities across the world.

The New African Urban University project will forge new partnerships aimed at strengthening the role of African universities in urban change and this will take place during four workshops throughout the year, focused on knowledge exchange and agenda-setting.

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