SLU reports about Agenda 2030
Sweden’s ambition for the UN Sustainable Development Goals is high and so is SLU's. Ahead of time, SLU has submitted a report on the University's progress to the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, as part of the voluntary Swedish report that is going to be handed in to the High-level Political Forum in July 2017. The report includes good examples of activities and collaboration as well as notes about challenges and possibilities.
As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven. These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the High-level Political Forum (HLPF), the United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
In July, Sweden will report to the HLPF on the progress of Sweden's national and international work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals within Agenda 2030. For that purpose Swedish actors throughout the society are asked to contribute with their reports on the progress, especially in terms of good examples of activities and collaboration as well as notes about challenges and possibilities. In line with this, SLU has submitted a brief report to the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs concerning both on the national scale and on SLU's support to the Swedish efforts for fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG:s) internationally.
On the international level, the unit SLU Global at SLU works with expanding the university's engagement in global development and low-income country collaboration. Furthermore, SLU has appointed a new Pro-Vice Chancellor for Internationalization to further develop already strong relations and activities on the international level. In the preparatory work for integrating the SDG:s, SLU is involved in relevant activities within 14 out of the 17 SDG:s. In research, SLU are partnering with development assisted countries (OECD DAC list) in 20 % of the published peer reviewed research publications (equals 270 in 2015).
SLU is active in extensive cooperation constellations in line with the SDG:s, nationally for example with other government agencies and with the broad network SIANI (Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative) and within Europe with key partners in the network Agrinatura and in specific targeted programmes. The knowledge developed within SLU's educational programmes can be seen as relevant for the work towards all 17 of the SDG:s. As a first step to increase awareness among students, a manual for international career possibilities has been produced in cooperation between SLU Global and SIANI.