Uniting higher education, governments, industry and society for a sustainable future
Pre-congress day: 29 May 2023 Congress: 30 May – 1 June 2023 Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
The Global Sustainable Development Congress brought together 1,600+ global thought leaders and innovators to discuss urgent solutions to the sustainability emergency.
Challenging the usual thinking on what higher education, governments, businesses and society must do to help society meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the congress was a call to action for global universities to pivot their educational, research, innovation and outreach programmes towards tangible outcomes.
Delegates from around the world immersed themselves in sessions aligned with the societal transformations needed to achieve the SDGs.
Sustainable health and demography
Sustainable energy and industry
Sustainable cities and communities
The event featured a pre-launch reveal of the THE Impact Rankings to take a closer look at performance across popular SDGs and learn from best practice around the world, followed by the live reveal of the full ranking on 1 June.
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The Global Sustainable Development Congress is designed to inspire strategic change for universities committed to supporting the SDGs and to offer practical, tangible plans for transformation. It adds human context to the data, allowing delegates to work creatively together to formulate action points and build partnerships.
– Duncan Ross, chief data officer, THE
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Universities at a time of global crisis
Read an open letter from Dr Tony Chan, president of KAUST, a heartfelt call to action outlining his commitment to net zero carbon emissions, and a zero waste and zero-wastewater strategy.
There is a broad consensus that a global human and ecological catastrophe could precipitate in just handful of years, critically exacerbating sustainability challenges. Our world is in a state of crisis that imperils all of humanity, and universities throughout the world must act. We must cease to be exemplars of unsustainable practices and become the transformative enablers of sustainability for others.