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A global collaboration of prominent regional and global networks in the field of university and higher education engagement has released a statement on the role of universities in the implementation of the UN SDGs.

The Executive Director of the Talloires Network, Dr. Lorlene Hoyt, notes, “While history has positioned HEIs as key drivers of change, conversations about the role of higher education institutions (HEIs) in advancing the SDGs goals is in a nascent stage – we are working with members and partners around the globe to raise awareness and explore avenues for collective action.” Dr. Rajesh Tandon, Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education based in India adds, “We believe that the combined intellectual, financial and physical resources of HEIs with academics, policy makers, funders, administrators and students when linked to community partners can have a significant positive impact on the implementation on the SDGs globally.” Josep M. Vilalta, Director of the Global University Network for innovation (GUNi), notes, “Strengthening the focus of our members on the SDGs is a priority for our network.”

The statement is available in English, French and Spanish.

We invite our members and partners to join us in signing the statement. Please consider standing in solidarity with us to promote the social responsibility of higher education institutions.

For further information and to endorse the statement please contact:
Lorlene Hoyt, the Talloires Network (  – Boston​
Sumitra Srinavasn, UNESCO Chair ( – New Delhi
Marta Cayetano, Global University Network for innovation ( – Barcelona