UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021

Join the ACU at this year's UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – the yearly conference of the United Nations reviewing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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06 - 15 Jul 2021

The HLPF is the annual conference of the United Nations where governments, UN agencies and civil society come together to discuss the achievements that have been made towards Agenda 2030. This year the HLPF, taking place from 6-15 July, will discuss ways to ensure a sustainable and resilient recovery from COVID-19 that puts us on track to realise the 2030 Agenda.

The theme will be: ‘Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that promotes the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development: building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development’.

As an international university association advocating for the key role that higher education plays in achieving sustainable development, the ACU will take an active part in the debates and events again this year, together with our partners and members:

SDG Learn workshop with the SDG Academy: ‘Filling the gaps in further education for the 2030 Agenda and inspiring action towards the SDGs’ - 12 July, 8:30 – 10:15 am EDT

The ACU has co-organised this online workshop with our partners, the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and the SDG Academy. Our Chief Executive and Secretary General Dr Joanna Newman will join the panel discussion,  moderated by Florencia Librizzi from SDSN, and IAU Secretary General Dr Hilligje van’t Land.


HESI (Higher Education Sustainability Initiative) virtual event: ‘The role of further education to drive collective action for the SDGs: building a sustainable and resilient recovery’ – 7 July, 9:00 am EDT

Tune in for an annual global gathering on the role of higher education in promoting and advancing the implementation of the SDGs, exploring challenges, opportunities, and innovative multi-stakeholder higher education related initiatives.


International Green Gown Awards (IGGA) virtual awards ceremony – 7 July, 11:15 EST

The ACU is a co-sponsor and member of the judging panel of the IGGA and will present the winner for the Student Engagement category at the ceremony. Members of our Higher Education and the SDGs Network Steering Committee will also join the judging panel.  

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Theme: Global challenges