From 27 to 29 June 2018 the University of Salamanca, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Iberdrola will be holding the Ibero-American Conference on Sustainable Development Goals – a gathering that will turn the city into the Ibero-American SDG capital for those few days, and ideally beyond.
The Conference, which has been organised as part of the celebrations for the 8th Centenary of the University of Salamanca, was conceived with the aim of reaching a collective agreement to drive forward the changes needed to meet the 2030 UN Agenda Sustainable Development Goals in the Ibero-American region.
Given that such deep and complex changes can only be tackled by standing together, this commitment – which will be sealed by adherence to the Salamanca Declaration – will take the form of a great multi-player alliance which will go beyond the Conference itself and will gradually include more public and private institutions, third sector organisations, universities and the public – the real catalysts of change.
Education, the master key to achieving SDGs
When the 2030 Agenda was approved, in September 2015, the international community recognised that education was key to the success of the 17 SDGs. Without an appropriately educated global citizenry we will not be able to bring about the transformation we need. A transformation involving the creation of new and original educational models aligned with the times and the new needs and ensuring universal and uninterrupted access to high-quality, inclusive, equitable education, the promotion of new skills for the twenty-first century and the push towards responsible consumption and production. How can we redesign education so as to bring about the future we wish for as sketched out by the SDGs in the construction of the common good?