Given the environmental and social challenges facing us in the 21st century, we each have a role to play in meeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September 2015 by the 193 member states of the United Nations. The 17 goals cover a wide range of subjects, including health, access to water, the fight against poverty, equal opportunities, education, diversity, climate change and the protection of animal and plant species.
All higher education institutions (HEIs), both through their activities and in their organization, are directly concerned by the SDGs. The fourth goal is particularly pertinent: ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – a fundamental goal for higher education.
Meeting the SDGs will take more than government action and public policy. Each stakeholder must act, not only in contributing to national objectives, but also in their specific field. To that end, representatives of the French higher education service decided to put their minds together to prepare a manual about their professions and how they are associated with the SDGs.
The manual is the result of close collaboration between B&L évolution and institution management associations, student associations, and funding and insurance bodies.
>> Find the English version “Sustainable development goals: How can French higher education and research institutions contribute?” below.