Measuring Higher Education’s Contribution to the SDGs

Eventposter Measuring Higher Education’s Contribution to the SDGs

The event “Measuring higher education’s contribution to the SDGs” on July 15th, 2024, will include a panel discussion and the presentation of the final SET4HEI self-evaluation indicators and certification.

Event Information

July 15, 2024, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Hybrid (Online & German House)
Organizer(s): UNESCO IESALC, HESI, UN Academic Impact; Supported by the DWIH New York

If you are working in Higher Education, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Science Diplomacy or International Relations, and are interested in attending the event, please contact us at

The SDGs call for all societal actors to accept their share of responsibility and to take direct action. Higher education institutions (HEIs) have a very high potential, as their research, innovation, engagement and development of human capital are essential steppingstones for the contribution of the SDGs, so they are in a privileged position to lead these collective efforts.

However, most HEI practices towards the SDGs are scattered and uncoordinated. To move towards structural, institutional and actionable commitments, HEIs need to embrace measuring and monitoring mechanisms. Similar to governmental Voluntary National Reviews, we suggest HEIs to undertake University Voluntary Reviews to be more systematic and accountable in their contributions to the SDGs.

In this hybrid event organized by UNESCO IESALC, in collaboration with HESI and UN Academic Impact, and supported by the DWIH New York, higher education stakeholders from different world regions will discuss the need for University Voluntary Reviews and the challenges in translating the SDGs into actionable institutional practices.

This event will also be the official launch of the Sustainability Self-Evaluation Tool for HEIs (SET4HEI), created by UNESCO IESALC in partnership with several UN agencies. SET4HEI is a free comprehensive resource that supports HEIs to measure and increase their contribution to the SDGs.

This is an official side event within the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development organized by the UN Economic and Social Council. It is also associated to the HESI Global Forum 2024.

Online: Livestream at UNESCO IESALC Youtube channel (no registration required, just save the date and connect).

On-site: German House, 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017. A government-issued ID card with photo will be required at the security control of the building.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Guests’ arrival and networking

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Presentation and panel discussion

  • Opening
  • Panel discussion (part 1)
  • Presentation of SET4HEI
  • Panel discussion (part 2)
  • Q&A