By Cody Kitaura, UC Davis News
Chancellor Gary S. May is reaffirming UC Davis’ commitment to a better planet by joining with dozens of other university leaders around the world on statements calling for action on sustainability, equality, equitable economic growth and more.
In the first, announced at an online forum hosted last month by Zhejiang University, 58 signatories called for action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which include transformative goals like ending world hunger, combating climate change, achieving gender equality, making cities inclusive and safe, and conserving wildlife. When the SDGs were adopted in 2015, governments around the world committed to achieving the agenda by 2030.
“Entering into the new decade, the sustainability of our planet remains severely challenged by numerous threats, ranging from natural disasters, climate change, pandemics, to inequality and unemployment, etc.,” the statement says. “With less than 10 years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals — which are at the heart of the 2030 agenda — it is more important than ever for the global community to mobilize for collective resolve and accelerated action.”
UC Davis’ approach to those goals is comprehensive: Earlier this year the university began a Voluntary University Review process to measure its progress in addressing the goals, build awareness of them and spur collaboration aimed at meeting them. As a part of the review, members of the UC Davis community are invited to share their local and global collaborative efforts related to the SDGs.
“The SDGs provide us with a globally-recognized framework and common language for collaboratively addressing global challenges,” said Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs. “Our UC Davis commitment to beginning a Voluntary University Review and to further engaging with the SDGs reinforces the role that universities, in collaboration with other sectors and communities around the world, should play in building global and local partnerships to address social, racial, economic or environmental inequalities.”
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