Sustainable development: global collaboration

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be realized with strong partnerships and cooperation. A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, national and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the centre (UN, 2021).

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Capacity building project in Africa

KI has been awarded a 20 million SEK grant from Sida for a two and a half year capacity development project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Somalia. The project aims to support the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.


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The goals in the Karolinska Institutet (KI) Strategy 2030 reflect the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the UN Agenda 2030 by aiming to contribute to better health for all (Health and Wellbeing SDG). This common intention to address modern health challenges forms the basis of the collaboration between KI and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Centre of Excellence for Sustainable health (East Africa)

The virtual Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health is a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University in Uganda. The aim of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health is to promote partnerships and to develop capacity, resources and tools to drive the agenda for sustainable health. The Centre is permeated by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN, Northern Europe)

The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Northern Europe gathers more than 60 Nordic universities and other knowledge institutions to identify and fill knowledge gaps, provide high-quality education for sustainable development, and provide advice and solutions for the transformation to a sustainable society.

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International Association of Universities: The Global Voice of Higher Education

The International Association of Universities (IAU) has launched a Global Cluster on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) to advocate for the key role that higher education institutions play in achieving Agenda 2030. This global endeavor directly engages universities in addressing all 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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The Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Portal

This global portal is a tool developed by the International Association of Universities (IAU) for its Members, partners and the general public. It provides access to university actions and more initiatives developed around the world to promote sustainability.

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South Africa – Sweden: University Forum

The South Africa-Sweden University Forum (SASUF) is a strategic internationalisation project running from 2017-2020 with the overall aim of strengthening ties between Sweden and South Africa in research, education and innovation.

SASUF is a collaboration between 37 universities in Sweden & South Africa together with embassies, civil society organisations, funding agencies & ministries in both countries.