The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
In this context a meeting of volunteers comprising of all the stake holders was called on 31 October, 2019 at the University of Hyderabad. The Vice Chancellor welcomed all the attendees to this historic meeting. The Vice Chancellor informed that the University has been taking steps in the direction of the defined SDGs by way of inducting Solar Panels on the Campus which meets 20% of our energy requirements and additional capacity will be added so as to be self-sufficient in our electric energy needs. He further mentioned about other initiative already initiated like Sewerage treatment and recycling and efforts towards enabling environment for women empowerment. Steps were also initiated to organize paperless statutory meetings. He requested that existing efforts initiated by the University in past 5 years should be properly documented and recorded.
He then invited participants to articulate their thoughts on matters related to SDGs. There were several inputs that were provided like: e-waste re-cycling, water management, auditing of our water/electricity, greener commute, eco-club, etc.
Further the meeting resolved to put up display boards at prominent places and focus on some of the 17 SDGs suggested by UN for our University and they are: Water, Energy, Solid Waste Management, Greener Campus, re-cycling of unspent cooked food to needy persons through NGOs etc. To achieve above focused targets “Working Groups” will be formed to discuss and prepare road map/plans for short, medium, long term to achieve measurable milestones and contribute in next 5 years towards building better campus and thus towards better quality of life on our planet.