Rio+20 People's Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education
11 June 2012 | News story
CEC member Daniella Tilbury shares a draft of the treaty developed through the Copernicus Alliance and the International Association of Universities.
Rio+20 will bring together the largest gathering of Heads of State that the world has ever seen. This UN meeting is to assess progress to date and to define new sustainable development governance frameworks and goals. It will provide an opportunity to re-affirm visions for a sustainable future; to reconfirm government and stakeholder commitments; as well as to re-energise the sustainability movement. The higher education sector has been highly visible on the road to Rio lobbying for the realignment of priorities, funding and activities to support sustainability.
A group of over 30 agencies, organisations and associations have come together to influence Rio + 20 dialogues. These stakeholders are rooted in different regions of the globe and actively engaged in sustainable development at the higher education level. The partnership has been engaged in a participatory process, led by Copernicus Alliance and the International Association of Universities, which has generated a Higher Education Treaty for Rio+20 (see download). The Higher Education People's Sustainability Treaty is one of a series of People's treaties developed to influence Rio+20 but also to make visible commitments across various sectors (click here).
The Treaty was circulated to higher education stakeholder for feedback. This document will become an official Rio+20 document and will be cited as a voluntary commitment of civil society. If your organisation, group or institution would like to become a signatory to this document please let us know. All that is required at this stage is an 'in principle' commitment.
With best wishes,
Daniella Tilbury, Ingrid Mulà and Clemens Mader,
Copernicus Alliance on behalf of the HE People's Sustainability Treaty Partnership