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Developing Sustainable Societies through Higher Education

About this event

Resolution (70/1) adopted by The UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015 calls for Global Partnership for Sustainable Development and reminds everyone: “We can be the first generation to succeed in ending poverty; just as we may be the last to have a chance of saving the planet. The world will be a better place in 2030 if we succeed in our objectives.” The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the Transformative Agenda aim to eradicate poverty and hunger, establish socioeconomic inclusion and protect the environment.

Sustainable development often examines socio-economic and environmental aspects and neglects ethical issues – the question of what is the ‘right’ thing to do. The ethical dimension of a poverty-free society should foresee a redistributive mechanism to provide resource access to starving millions, within the country and among countries, because sustainable lifestyles cannot be implemented without strong ethical principles. A development model based on GDP that does not increase the well-being and happiness of the majority of people today and of future generations is not ethical.

Furthermore, the pandemic and current conflicts around the world have created new challenges regarding the feasibility of achieving the SDGs. Solid ethical principles and effective action plans are essential to contribute to the prosperity and peace of our people and our planet.

Lecturers, researchers, students, ethicists and other experts in related fields are invited to explore and submit research papers scientifically prepared, regarding the ethical interface of the Sustainable Development Goals and the roles of educational, economic, political, legal and religious policies, systems and institutions.

Selected papers will be part of the Conference “Developing Sustainable Societies through Higher Education”, which will take place on 26-27 May 2022. This conference, led by the Latin America Office, in collaboration with Universidad Austral of Buenos Aires, will focus on the role of higher education institutions in the creation of feasible conditions for achieving the SDGs.

Eligible papers will be invited to expand the work and be included as a chapter in the final publication. Volume 1: “Towards Sustainable Societies”. After peer review, the papers will be grouped into four sections:

i. People, Ethics and Development
ii. Planet, Ethics and Development
iii. Prosperity, Ethics and Development
iv. Peace, Partnerships, Ethics and Development


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When26-27 May 2022
18:00-21:00 CEST
Language Spanish (with English interpretation)