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International Higher Education Declaration to Support the Implementation of the United Nations Sustainability Goals


The Big Tent Consortium (a global network of universities and their community partners) has issued the ‘Global Communique-VIII’, as a call to action to its members on the Role of Universities in the Implementation of the UN SDGs.

The French statement can be accessed here

The German statement can be accessed here

The Spanish statement can be accessed here

We urge our partners, networks, colleagues and peers to express their solidarity with us, by endorsing the statement. This can be done by submitting your basic details in the dialogue box below. This will allow you to join the global network of professionals, who stand united in promoting the social responsibility of higher education institutions.

We also request you to pass on this information among your networks and have more and more people join this movement!


The Eight Big Tent Communiqué – where and why?

The Big Tent is a group of national, regional and global networks that share a focus on community- university engagement and social responsibility of higher education and have agreed to issue statements from time to time.
The first Big Tent communiqué, on community university engagement, had a focus on North-South cooperation and was issued in 2010. This new Communiqué arose from discussions amongst members concerning how HEIs around the world are responding to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Big Tent Global Communiqués on Higher Education are an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education in partnership with the following partners. These statements are owned by all who find them useful in advancing their work.

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