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SDGnomics: Transforming the world through sustainable development

17 November 2016
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November 17, 2016. Today at the Global Hub UNAI on Sustainability have held a teleconference discussing the contribution of the UNAI community to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Global Hub UNAI at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University initiated the organization of this teleconference and it was supported by the UNAI hubs in South Korea, India and France. This is one of the regional discussions ahead of the forthcoming series of global UNAI dialogues.

Since 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become a global agenda for actions.

The next step is to internalize the SDGs and to make it a part of the education and policy-making and policy-planning process at national and international levels. The UNAI network has potentials not only to support the SDGs with research and discussions but also with some practical ideas how to implementing the SDGs.

The UNAI teleconference discussed the implementation of SDGs and the plans for the UNAI for many actions including plans to create UNAI e-community.

There are many pressing questions:

  • What is the role of the UNAI in promoting the SDGs’ agenda?
  • What the UNAI network can do in the field of education?
  • How to motivate students to be involved and to be ready to contribute?

The teleconference focused on various aspects of SDGs especially on the usage of the cutting age ICT technologies to promote discussions and debates among students and by students on th future what we want.

Specifically, the participants of the teleconference discussed the topics as follows:

  1. Enhance the government’s capacity to administer and enforce policies and measures to integrate the SDGs into their policy plans through the development of procedures and tools that help to facilitate dialogue between regulators (government) and expert communities (universities).
  1. Build the UNAI community’s capacity to contribute to the global dialogues on the SDGs by improving relations between policy-makers and educators, reporting and verification, enhancing universities’ capacities to assess, develop and implement innovative projects, saving measures, and other actions.
  1. Strengthen professional education programs in the energy efficiency and climate change areas through training, support for professional accreditation, and developing training centers of excellence.
  1. In the framework of the UNAI teleconference to discuss action plans to deal with the challenges associated with climate change and its effects on the economy and social sectors in Kazakhstan and in the region.
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