Global Alliance

The Global Alliance of Tertiary Education and student Sustainability Networks was set up in March 2015 at the EAUC Annual Conference at the University of Leeds. Member networks recognise the importance of collaboration in putting universities, colleges and students at the heart of the international challenge to address sustainability. Each network has a unique and valuable perspective to contribute. We are a network of networks and are the world’s largest grouping of national and international networks spanning, Asia, Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Europe.

The overarching aim of the informal alliance is to connect our Members in the tertiary education sector and provide a collective and more powerful voice to contribute to global developments. In turn, this has an impact on National Governments which can better support our individual University and College Members to deliver a more sustainable institution.  We can do more together than alone.

In December 2015 at the Paris COP21 the collective voice of the world’s universities, colleges and students was heard during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. At a number of events, COP21 President, Laurent Fabius, was handed an Open Letter on behalf of a Global Alliance of networks and associations representing more than 10,000 universities and colleges worldwide.

This Global Alliance will work in line with United Nation's activities like UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).  The Global Alliance includes the following organisations:

Latest Activity

Launch of the Sustainable Development Goal Accord

The Accord is the Global Alliances Collective Response to the Sustainable Development Goals and is to ensure the SDGs are embedded throughout across post-16 education. 

Its purpose of the SDG Accord is twofold: 
- First it is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society. 
- Secondly, the Accord is a commitment learning institutions are making to one another to do more to deliver the goals, to annually report on each signatory's progress, and to do so in ways which share the learning with each other both nationally and internationally. An objective is that sector SDG reporting metrics will be presented at the annual UN High Level Political Forum.

Who should sign the Accord?
The Accord can be signed on four levels.

  • Leaders of institutions sign to make a corporate commitment - this must be the highest authority such as Vice Chancellor, Principal, President etc.
  • Leaders of related university and college support organisations sign to make a corporate commitment to supporting the sector
  • Leaders of student associations ie Students' Unions or Student Guilds - this must be the president.
  • Individual students, researchers, academics and operational staff can sign to make a personal and professional commitment to playing their part in advancing sector performance
Openly and annually accounting for progress and sharing our experience and learning from implementing the SDGs is a key requirement of the Accord. The Accord is not prescriptive on what form this takes only that it is made available to your local or national networks. Possible formats include reports, videos, policy documents, case studies and blogs etc.  Endorsing Partner networks commit to making these resources available to each other’s networks internationally.  A sector overview of progress will be presented annually at the UN High Level Political Forum.

Click here to visit the SDG Accord website

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