SDGs & post-16 Education | EAUC launches SDG Accord at the World Congress on Environmental Education


By Asitha Jayawardena ( as part of his Sustainable University One-stop Shop Experiment (


The SDG Accord, a pioneering global initiative to embed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across post-16 education, was launched on 9 September 2017 at the 9th World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC) in Vancouver, Canada.


Facilitated by the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the SDG Accord is the collective response of the higher and further education sectors’ collective response to the SDGs, reflecting education key role in moulding a new generation that can and will strike a balance between people, planet and prosperity.


The Accord aims to inspire, celebrate and advance the embedding of the SD goals in post-16 institutions through education, research, leadership, operations, administration and engagement activities.


It will also commit institutions to share the learning they accrue on the topic with one other nationally and internationally and to annually report on their progress. A sector overview of progress will then be presented annually at UN High Level Political Forum’s global progress review.


“The premise of the Goals is simple: there must be economic, social and environmental balance. Delivery has never been straightforward – but this SDG Accord will now help pave the way for holistic change,” says Iain Patton, Chief Executive of the EAUC. “Institutions that sign up to the accord will embed the goals in every department and collaborate across cities, regions, countries and continents. This is the beginning of a total global transformation.”


“The Sustainable Development Goals offer a clear and common agenda for humanity and places the onus on higher- and further education ecosystems to respond with urgency and action to meet and exceed the goals,” says John North, Managing Director at Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative. “The SDG Accord is an important awareness raising and activation platform for catalysing global responsibility in living, learning and leading.”


The SDG Accord has already been endorsed by 30 supporting organisations from around the world, including:

  • World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) Network
  • Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
  • Society for the Environment, UK
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), US
  • Campus Responsables, France
  • Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability, Australia
  • China Green University Network, China
  • Copernicus Alliance
  • GIESD (Global Internode for Education and Sustainable Development), Morocco
  • Sustainability Education Research Institute, Canada
  • Institution of Environmental Sciences, UK
  • National Union of Students (NUS), UK
  • Disciplinary Associations Network for Sustainability, US
  • International Sustainable Campus Network
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)




The SDG Accord


The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)


9th World Congress on Environmental Education (WEEC)


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