30 Sep 2019   |   Network Updates   |   Update from University of Birmingham
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UnILiON annual event: Sustainable development goals and universities: Quo vadis?

What do the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mean for universities, and how can universities be key partners in delivering the SDGs?

On 15 October 2019, UnILiON is inviting you to its Thematic Annual Event 2019 in order to explore, present and debate the role of universities in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to society.

SDGs will play a key role in the implementation of the next seven-year EU budget. The EU has committed to implement SDGs both in its internal and external policies. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is stated that ‘recognising that the dignity of the human person is fundamental, we wish to see the Goals and targets met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society’.

The Annual Event will bring together different stakeholders from European and international organisations, civil society organisations, academia, media, etc. to challenge each other on the present and future relationship between SDGs, with Universities and with Society.

The first part of the event is a political debate followed by a panel discussion on ‘Embedding universities into the fabric of society to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. Participants will have the chance to listen, question and engage in a lively debate with high level speakers from UnILiON member universities, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the United Nations and the Civil Society. 

UnILiON is an informal network of over 40 liaison offices representing more than 140 excellent universities based in Europe, Japan and Russia. The University of Birmingham, a member of the UnILiON network and member of the Organising Team of this event, has kindly provided the space for this article.

Moderator of the event is Mr Simon PICKARD, Network Director of Science Business.

Please find here the link to the agenda. More information about the event can be found here. To register, please follow the registration link.

The event will take place at the Representation of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union in Brussels, Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels.

Registration: 17:00-17:30
Discussion & Cocktail: 17:30- 21.00

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