We have had the pleasure to interview Prof. Carole Parkes, Emerita Professor at Winchester University, one of the SDSN UK member institutions. Prof. Parkes has both a business and an academic background with vast experience in Management, Special Issues, such as Inequality and Poverty, and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She believes that the time to act is now, and we must collaborate within universities and beyond.
The Sustainable Development Report (SDR), including the SDG Index and Dashboards which track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was released last week. The report shows that multiple and simultaneous international crises have halted progress on the universal goals adopted by all UN member countries during the historic 2015 summit.
“Fifty years after the first UN Conference on the human environment in Stockholm in 1972, the bedrock SDG principles of social inclusion, clean energy, responsible consumption, and universal access to public services are needed more than ever to respond to the major challenges of our time. Poor and vulnerable countries are being hit particularly hard by multiple health, geopolitical and climate crises and their spillovers. To restore and accelerate SDG progress, we need global cooperation to end the pandemic, negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine, and secure the financing needed to achieve the SDGs,” says Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, President of the SDSN and first author of the report.
The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022 have now been published. SDSN UK members, Newcastle University and the University of Manchester, both achieved strong performances in this year’s impact rankings. Newcastle University is the highest ranked UK institution in eighth place, followed by the University of Manchester in ninth. Overall, the UK has the most universities in the top 100, with 20 HEIs. You can browse and find out more about the latest Impact Results here.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the World Happiness Report, which uses global survey data to report on how people evaluate their own lives in more than 150 countries around the world. Read the 2022 World Happiness Report here.
As the host institution for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), IIPP will convene UK universities to advance practical solutions to achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Read more here