The University of Western Australia has joined the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental, social and economic problems.
A United Nations initiative launched by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in August 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network comprises research centres, universities and technical institutions working towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In October 2015, UN Member States committed to achieving Agenda 2030, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The goals provide a framework for shared action to be implemented by all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership.
UWA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Peter Davies, who will represent UWA membership on the network, said UWA was well placed to make a significant contribution to achieving national, regional and global sustainable development goals.
“More than 25 of our academics here at UWA are already committed to collaborating through the network,” Professor Davies said.
“We look forward to sharing our knowledge and expertise in fields such as agriculture, health, human rights and the environment and to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
Dr Helen Whitbread (UWA School of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts)
David Stacey (UWA Media) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716