‘Universitat de Tardor: Sustainable Development Goals’ is the title of the conferences which, organised by the Valencian public universities, will host the Rector Peset Hall of Residence of the Universitat de València, from 9 to 11 November. The encounter will try to approach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) approved by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda.
The conferences, which count on the support of the General Direction of Cooperation and Solidarity of the Valencian Government, will be used to reflect and go into detail, by means of academic criteria and emergent technicians of the high education institutions, in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, where the 17 SDG are written: the end of poverty, zero hunger, health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, work and economic growth, industry and innovation, reduction of inequalities, sustainable cities, responsible production and consumption, environmental actions, underwater life, terrestrial ecosystem, peace and justice, and alliances to achieve all the objectives.
During three days they will try to bring together their strategies to approach the SDG through their workshops and conferences which will take place in the Rector Peset Hall of Residence of the Universitat de València, organised by five public universities.
The ‘Universitat de Tardor’ will be opened, on Wednesday 9, at 9:30, in an official act presided by the vice-principal of the Universitat de València, Esteban Morcillo, on behalf of the five vice-principals of the Valencian public universities.
The first conference, at 10:00, organised by professor Jorge Cardona, full university professor of Public International Law and member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the UN, will introduce the conferences with a reflection on the children’s rights in the SDG. Two workshops on helping the refugees and education in equality against gender violence will complete the morning.
In the afternoon, conferences will start again with a programme organised by the Universitat Politècnica de València. This section will have a conference on the implementation of the SDG from a food, rural and environmental perspective; a round table on the protection of the planet from an environmental movement; and a workshop that will address the SDG through the daily and responsible production and consumption.
The second session, on Thursday 10, will start with the programme of the University of Alacant, which begins with a conference on ethics and social responsibility. In this framework it will be presented the Annual report on Fair Trade of 2015, carried out by the State Coordinator of Fair Trade and the Valencian ONGD Coordinator. The morning will finish with the exhibition of the board of experiences of Alternative and Supportive Economy.
The Universitat Jaume I (UJI) of Castelló organises the afternoon sessions with two conferences which will be on global peace, justice and governance as the objectives of the 2030 Agenda; a round table where the challenges of the peace sphere of the 2030 Agenda will be debated; and a cinema-forum with the projection of the documentary ‘Astral’ on the crisis of the refugees on the Mediterranean, broadcast by LaSexta Televisión.
The final day, on Friday 11, carried out by the University of Miguel Hernández of Elche, includes a conference on the Millennium Development Objectives and global governance, and a round table where there will be shown the alliances and the coherence of the Valencian policies for the achievement of the 17 SDG. Then, the vice-principal for Internationalisation and Cooperation of the Universitat de València, Guillermo Palao, will read the conclusions of the encounter, and afterwards, the principal of the Universitat Politècnica de València, Francisco Mora, will preside the closing event.
All this programme counts on the participation of the main active agents with regards to cooperation in the Valencian Community, both from an academic and technical experience of the universities and from the policy implementations by the Public administration or the setting in motion of the SDG.