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A global collaboration amongst the most prominent regional and global networks in the field of university and higher education engagement, known as the Big Tent Consortium, has released a Declaration 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 Big Tent Declaration is available in English, French and Spanish.

We urge our partners, networks, colleagues and peers to express their solidarity with this declaration, by endorsing the statement. This can be done by contacting us through the emails below. This will allow you to join the global network of professionals, who stand united in promoting the social responsibility of higher education institutions.

For further information and endorsing the Big Tent Declaration please contact:
Brianda Hernandez Cavalcanti, the Talloires Network ( – Boston​
Sumitra Srinavasn ( – UNESCO Chair New Delhi
Marta Cayetano, Global University Network for innovation ( – Barcelona