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The UN adopted in 2015 the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, an opportunity for countries and their societies to embark on a new path with which to improve the lives of all, without leaving anyone behind. The Agenda has 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are broken down into 189 goals and a complete set of universal indicators, ranging from eliminating poverty to combating climate change, education, women's equality, environmental protection ambient or the design of our cities.

It is an ambitious project to achieve Sustainable Development in an integral way, based on the so-called "5 P Strategy", since it addresses issues related to People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity and Partnerships to achieve development. To achieve these goals, everyone has to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people.

Specifically, universities have a fundamental role, that is reflected in the Action Plan for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda: Towards a Spanish Strategy for Sustainable Development, approved by the Council of Ministers in July 2018, that gives Spanish universities a priority role in fulfilling the Agenda:

Spanish universities claim their key role in all the phases on which compliance with the agenda depends on the international, national and local levels: the design and construction phase, the implementation phase and the follow-up phase. Three phases in which training, research, transfer, extension and university management are essential to address the challenges of the 2030 Agenda. A call to action that has found an echo among Spanish universities, just as It emerges from the survey carried out by Crue Universidades Españolas at the beginning of 2018, where 67% of the 76 universities state that they have adopted or are working on a specific strategy in relation to the 2030 Agenda.

The University, given its nature linked to the generation, transfer and dissemination of open knowledge at the service of society, welfare and sustainability, has the capacities to make a critical and constructive contribution to sustainable development through such knowledge. For this reason, the universities make available to the 2030 Agenda their resources, aptitudes, as well as their space of influence at the service of a sustainable global development, not only with respect to SDG 4 but also to the 17 objectives set.

The University Development Cooperation (CUD) important role is also detailed in point 7 of the IV Master Plan of the Valencian Cooperation 2017-2020:

The University Development Cooperation is the set of actions carried out by the university community and aimed at social transformation in the most disadvantaged countries, in favor of peace, equity, human development and environmental sustainability in the world, transformation in which institutional and academic strengthening have an important role.

The University Development Cooperation is articulated, fundamentally, according to the following areas: training and education; research - both for development and for studies on development - and technology transfer; institutional strengthening and technical cooperation; awareness raising, social mobilization and education for development; and action programs and projects in the field. The universities also carry out collaborations in direct actions of humanitarian character, support to specific initiatives of the university community in collaboration with NGDOs and other actors, advisory and consultative actions and promotion of volunteering.

The Valencian public universities, after the irruption of the new scenario posed by the SDGs, have integrated the 2030 agenda in their different areas of action in a transversal manner.

University Development Cooperation is an essential part of the social commitment of the Universitat de València, "which is at the service of the intellectual and material development of the peoples, of the progress of knowledge, of peace, of equality between women and men and of the ecological defense of the environment "as detailed in article 4 of the Statutes of the Universitat de València. To achieve this, it seeks the maximum involvement of the university community as a whole (students, PDI and PAS) in scholarship and aid programs, cooperation projects and awareness-raising activities supported by Program 0.7 A Solidarity Hall and other technical means , human and financial.

The list of prioritized countries and populations of university cooperation for the development of the Universitat de València has been established with the union of the priority cooperation countries of the V Master Plan for Spanish Cooperation 2018-2021 and the prioritized countries and populations of the IV Plan Director of the Valencian Cooperation 2017-2020. They are the following:


The Vice-Rectorate of International Relations and Cooperation is the organ of direction and coordination of University Development Cooperation of the University of Valencia, assisted by the Delegation of the Rector for Cooperation, whose management is carried out by the International Relations and Cooperation Service.

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