Strategic Partnerships with Institutions, Networks, Platforms and Initiatives
In order to further strengthen its international cooperation and research in the SDG delivery, IUS officially signed an agreement of cooperation with the following institutions, networks, platforms and/or initiatives:
In 2018, within the SDG framework and the implementation of joint initiatives with a particular focus on World Social Capital Monitoring, IUS has signed a 5-year cooperation agreement with the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics. The World Social Capital Monitor is an instrument for measuring social goods and social capital created by the United Nations Sustainable Development Group in partnership with civil society actors. Based on this agreement, IUS contributes to conducting a half-yearly monitoring of BiH's social capital together with the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics. All data entries are collected in an online database through the World Social Monitoring Portal.
In 2020, IUS joined the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Program (IUSDRP) and the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR). The goal of joining these networks is to connect with global scientific and technological trends and expertise related to practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Climate Agreement (2015).
In early 2023, the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) filled out the application for membership in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord, met the required international standards, and became the only signatory of this international accord in the field of sustainable development from the countries of the Western Balkans. The IUS name was officially listed in the Annual Report on the SDG Accord 2023, dated July 17, 2023.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord is a high-profile international initiative for higher education institutions, implemented by the EAUC - The Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education. This initiative is supported by the United Nations (UN), as well as many other global partners, and was launched in 2017.
The signatories of the SDG Accord are: 331 institutions, 62 student unions, 222 organizations, and 1,895 individuals from around the world. The signatories of the Accord undertake to incorporate the goals of sustainable development into their activities: education, research, leadership, operational activities, administration and social engagement. Also, the SDG Accord is a public declaration of the commitment of those institutions to share and report on their progress in the field of the SDGs.
Institutions that are signatories to the SDG Accord are obliged to report annually on their activities and results, as a way of contributing to the collective data, which are published publicly. The group's report is widely distributed and used by the UN, governments, and public and private sector bodies around the world. Each year, new data is used to find out where progress is being made and where progress is lacking, enabling the SDG Accord initiative to take next steps and offer recommendations to signatory institutions. The report on the progress of the SDG Accord has been published annually since 2018.
What is the aim of this SDG reporting?
Reporting on the SDG Accord aims to show how much progress has been made towards achieving and implementing the SDGs in higher education worldwide, and to identify specific gaps and obstacles that educational institutions face. The report presents a realistic assessment of the impact of the UN Sustainable Development Goals on society and institutions around the world, based on the latest data and case studies from the signatories of the SDG Accord. Special focus is placed on the following SDG goals: SDG 3 (Good health and well-being), 4 (Quality education), 13 (Climate action) and 17 (Partnership to achieve the goals).
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are designed as an urgent "call to action" and the transformation of our planet into a safer, fairer place, where all people have the guaranteed right to health, justice and prosperity. The sustainability path of each institution is reflected through its unique context, geographic location, connectivity on a global level, and its influence and engagement in society. Changing society is only possible when we reach beyond the borders and "comfort lines", and higher education is in a unique position to be a leader in mobilizing society and future generations.
The IUS Quality Assurance Office (QAO) initiated and coordinated the signing of the SDG Accord.