Global Goals Week Expo Dubai: Italian universities for a sustainable future

In the Italian Pavilion, a forum for the younger generations dedicated to the commitment of universities to sustainability

Global Goals Padiglione Italia

At Expo 2020 Dubai the "Global Goals Week", the sixth thematic week of the "Program for People and Planet" dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The Global Goals Week is the week that every year brings together the different countries of the world to request urgent solutions and promote the objectives of the2030 Agenda.

United Nations Global Goals Week for the first time in its history takes place away from the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. The aim is "to bring the world together to lead collective progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a better and more equitable future for all by 2030".

To kick off the rich schedule of events, meetings and initiatives of the Global Goals Week a Expo 2020 Dubai which will involve all the pavilions until January 22, the projections inside the dome of Al Wasl Plaza, the beating heart of the Expo 2020 Dubai site and a speech by Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

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Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

“The pandemic has strongly demonstrated how interconnected our lives, our economies and our future are, and how much we depend on international solidarity and effective and inclusive multilateralism. From this increased awareness, I believe we can build a new global movement to drive large-scale progress between now and 2030 to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ”. Amina J. Mohammed said.

Global Goals Week in the Italian Pavilion

Global-Goals-Padiglione Italia

Global forums, training initiatives and talks with representatives of institutions and civil society make up the program of the Italian Pavilion of Expo 2020 Dubai on the occasion of the Global Goals Week. 

Forum “Universities in action for the UN 2030 Agenda. The UN Decade of Action by Higher Education Institutions "

The forum was held today in the Italian Pavilion “Universities in action for the UN 2030 Agenda. The UN Decade of Action by Higher Education Institutions ", organized by Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (Rus) in collaboration with the Italian Pavilion and theItalian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), dedicated to the commitment of universities to sustainability.

During the event, the students discussed the role of universities within the UN Decade of Action focused on the 3 P's: People, Planet and Prosperity.

"Universities have shown not only that they know how to react with extraordinary resilience to a difficult and rapidly changing environment, but they have been at the forefront of putting themselves at the service of society to create the conditions for a sustainable and prosperous future for people and for the planet". He said Patrizia Lombardi, president of the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (Rus) and vice rector of Polytechnic of Turin , forum moderator, already intervened at the pre-Expo Global Goals Week digital event in March 2021.

"There are still many steps necessary so that the road to the Sustainable Development Goals is effectively directed towards their achievement, but I believe that the Forum testifies to the commitment made by Italian universities so that 2030 is truly the year of completion of the Agenda. 2030 ".

Among others, the following spoke in connection: the Minister of Infrastructures and Sustainable Mobility Enrico Giovannini and the Minister of University and Research Maria Cristina Mass.

The commitment to sustainable development by Italian universities is a model recognized worldwide. The Network of Universities for Sustainable Development is a "best practice", said the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility Enrico Giovannini. “Since the beginning of the 2030 Agenda, research has been at the center of the development of the vision that supports the agenda - he added - All the dimensions of the activities of Italian universities are part of and oriented towards the efforts of sustainable development. This is a great achievement. Of course, a lot of work needs to be done, but I'm sure this Italian model can also be useful for other countries ”.

The Minister of University and Research spoke of the importance of the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (Rus) as an example for the country. Maria Cristina Messa. "This network can make a lot of progress in what the government is implementing, with the large investments we intend to make on the European Next Generation plan," he explained. "For the research part in the NRP we have a large program of 6 billion euros which aims to create networks of public and private institutions that do research to have an impact on society and growth".