London 2022

WASD is very pleased to invite you to the official launch of its SDGs Universities Initiative (SDGsUNi). SDGsUNI aims to help Higher Education Institutions (HEI) (universities, colleges and research institutes) play a critical role enabling their countries to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD). The conference aims to bring together HEI, societies (academic/professional) and individuals from across the world in a global forum to collaborate and reconnect with the discourse of SD. The conference will introduce a variety of fundamental perspectives on the role of HEI to help re-building the global economy post Covid-19 global pandemic and more importantly in the Developing Countries. The conference program will be published two weeks before the conference date but for a sample program structure, please check our previous conferences.

Professor Colin B. Grant
Chair, British Council Education Advisory Group and Vice Principal (International) Queen Mary University of London, UK
Esraa Ibrahim Bani
Head of Community Outreach, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
Professor Gurinder Singh
Group Vice Chancellor, Amity Universities, India
The conference is a golden opportunity for selected HEI that have played, and continue to play, a key role in transforming their teaching and research for the implementation of the UN’s Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs. We invite you to participate in this prestigious platform and showcase your courses, research projects, services and/or initiatives to the whole world, including top experts in the field of SD, Diplomats from various embassies in the UK, Ministers, the UN and high government officials and policy-makers, company directors, etc.
WASD is delighted to have been working very closely with the various UN Agencies, most specifically with the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU). Both JIU and WASD are inspired by conviction UN Agenda 2030 for SD and the 17 SDGs that provides momentum for a renewed UN engagement with the public and private sectors. The usefulness of such interaction between WASD and the UN system and the academic world in general is demonstrated by other thematic areas on which the academic interest coincided with the JIU professional work.
Target audience: Vice-Chancellors, Senior Academics, Researchers, the UN Agencies, NGOs, Civil Society Groups, Women, Youth, Students, Private Sector, Business, SMEs, Government Officials and Agencies, Diplomats and other Stakeholders. The conference is expected to brings delegates from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience and discuss recent developments and current challenges in both theory and practice. You can also browse sample of our previous speakers here. To register for the conference please contact the conference co-ordinator Mrs Janet Snow via email (janet.snow@wasd.org.uk) no later than 5 May 2022. Please reply to this email to register interest to join us in the conference.

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

  • Find new students and clients from across the world.
  • Enhance your university’s profile in the internal market.
  • Build relationships and be involved with the UN’s various agencies and officials working on SDGs.
  • Meet more than 200 delegates from around the world and network directly with key universities in the UK and across the world, and share experience and lessons learned with their research and teaching.
  • Selected universities will be included in our SDGs Universities Global/Regional/National Directories 2022. Focusing on SDGs, the directories will be officially launched during the conference and complementary copies will be distributed across the world. The recipients will include top experts in the field of SDGs, UN and high government officials and policy-makers, company directors, etc.
  • We welcome short presentations on our conference theme and encourage universities to propose papers and sessions that will be of interest to a diverse audience.
  • Selected universities will be provided with a choice of several levels of engagements in the conference. This can be through the university Vice Chancellor or Dean taking part in one of the various keynote speakers’ panel discussions.