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Created after the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) and designed to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sulitest benefits from the support of a wide range of United Nations entities, renowned national and international academic institutions, and the trust of hundreds of contributors around the world.

 

 

Contributing to the Global Agenda


  • The United Nation Conference on Sustainable Development (held in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil in 2012) confirmed SD as an international framework for action and cooperation. Article 47 of the final agreement signed by 193 member States highlights the importance of “evaluate and report
  • In Rio+20, HESI signatories commit to “report regularly on progress and challenges”.
  • The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Aichi Nagoya - Japan in 2014 encourages governments of UNESCO Member States to work harder to “assess the extent to which education policy and curricula are achieving the goals of ESD”.  Following the WCESD, stakeholders continue to make commitments to support the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD.
  • Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda aims to “ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development” by 2030

A concrete implementation of the Higher Education Sustainability Inititative


The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) was created during the preparations for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The partners of the initiative are UN-DESA, UNESCO, UNEP, UN Global Compact's Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UNU and UN-Habitat. With a membership of almost 300 universities from around the world, HESI accounts for more than one-third of all the voluntary commitments that came out of Rio +20.

HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between education, science, and policy making, HESI regularly participates in UNO events (UN Decade of education for sustainable development in Nagoya COP21 in Paris , Partnership Exchange in NYC , UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito ... ).

HESI supports and deploys the committments made at Rio in 2012, including the need to measure progress in spreading the concept of sustainable development.

HESI also supports the Sulitest as a tangible and concreate implementation of its mission.

By joining the HESI, Chancellors, Presidents, Rectors, Deans and leaders of Higher Education Institutions and related organizations, acknowledged the responsibility that they bear in the international pursuit of sustainable development.


They agree to teach Sustainable Development concepts, encourage research on sustainable development issues, make their campuses greener and more sustainable, support sustainability efforts in their communities and share results through international frameworks.

  

 

 

 


One of the 17 featured initiatives of UN partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals


The United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda was held in September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly. On this occasion, numerous initiatives were registered in support of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  The Sulitest was highlighted as one of the featured initiatives of UN partnerships for SDGs

On January 1st 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were deployed. Over the next fifteen years, countries, organizations and citizens have been called to “mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.”

As a tool for raising Sustainable Development knowledge and awareness, Sulitest indirectly contributes to raising awareness about each one of the 17 SDGs. However, the Sulitest contributes directly to 2 key goals:

  • Goal 4 - Education 

The Sulitest platform was originally designed for use by higher education institutions to develop research, pedagogy, knowledge and skills assessment in Sustainable Development.  Sulitest's primary mission is to educate on Sustainable Development and inspire actions towards sustainability. Our proactive strategy to make the "Learning Mode" available for free to a all students in higher education around the world aligns perfectly with the Goal 4.7 (Sustainability Literacy for All)

  • Goal 12 - Sustainable Consumption 

The new version of the Sulitest platform, now available to a wider public (companies, institutions, NGO's), increases the impact of Sulitest by promoting the adoption of consumer behaviors and habits to build more sustainable economic models and practices.

 

  

 

A tool for measuring and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals..


Today, Sulitest is one of the tools for measuring and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals. Each Sulitest question is aligned with one or more objectives, creating the largest database on citizens' understanding and commitment to SDGs.

In October 2016, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), Division for Sustainable Development, proposed a collaboration with Sulitest. In support of the follow-up and review framework of the 2030 Agenda, UN-DESA would develop questions around the SDGs (SDGs questions) to be implemented in the Sulitest platform for students of Higher Education Institutions. The results obtained could then help identify gaps in knowledge on Sustainable Development.

Sulitest presented its first annual report to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which was held at UN Headquarters in July 2017. The analysis of the results obtained by the candidates who passed the test thus sheds interesting light On the understanding and perception of SDGs.


The specific module on ODDs carried out by UNDESA was also launched in June 2017.

 

   

 

 

 

A partner of the Global Action Programme for Education on Sustainable Development


 

The UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Aishi Nagoya – Japan in November 2014, set the agenda for ESD for the decade to come.

On this occasion, two major questions were raised for Higher Education Institutions:

  • How can HEIs assess & report on their global performance?
  • How can universities be sure that they are producing sustainability literate graduates?

The Sulitest platform was presented as an innovative tool created by and for the international academic community to evaluate students’ knowledge in these critical areas, regardless of the field or level of study. (download the first one year report)

The Global Action Programme (GAP), an official follow-up to the United Nations Decade of ESD, has identified 5 priority action areas.


Thanks to HESI, member of the GAP Partner Networks,  Sulitest contributes to the Priority Action Area 2 (Transforming learning and training environments) with the goal of “integrating sustainability principles into education and training settings”.

 

 

 

A best practice gaining recognition from governments


Beyond the involvement of many UN agencies and international networks, the Sulitest platform has been identified as a best practice by governments that see it as an excellent tool to both measure and disseminate knowledge on sustainable developpement :
 
  • During the last environemental conference in April 2016, the French governement highlighted it as a tool for Sustainable Development (see report).
  • The Nordic Council of Ministers is funding the Nordic Sulitest Project initiated by the Nordic Sustainable Campus Network. This project will encourage many higher education institutions to use the Sulitest platform, contribute to the improvement of the tool, enhance and monitor sustainability literacy of students in Nordic countries.
 
 

Made by its users


 

  

The Sulitest platform has been created by and for its open community of users.  This collaborative and iterative process mobilizes local and regional communities and transnational communities of academics, professionals and students. Version 1 was customized in 19 different countries/regions.


Version 2 of the Sulitest platform includes an update of existing questions and many other features, such as the possibility to develop new questions, especially regional specific ones.  The content of Sulitest will continue to be co-created by contributors and moderators from the community.

 

What kind of sources are used for the Sulitest?


To be relevant around the world, all the questions are validated by credible sources that are subject to a broad consensus in the community of sustainability researchers and practitioners from diverse fields. For example:

  • Literature on the founding principles of sustainable development, including basic definitions (sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, socially responsible investment, social entrepreneurship, etc.)

  • Key academics, scientists, global and local leaders and citizens groups

  • Trends and key figures of global issues covering environmental, social and economic dimensions. (demographics, biodiversity, climate change, etc.)

  • Sources taken from international texts and agreements (international reports, UN conventions, etc.)

  • Reports and surveys from specialized national agencies (scientific publications, government reports, environmental agencies, human rights organizations, etc.)

  • Core topics and issues addressed in ISO 26000, the International Standard for Social Responsibility of Organizations.

A matter of credibility


To ensure credibility and free external evaluation, Sulitest is -- and will remain -- an autonomous entity for the common good.  Consequently, non-interference by partners who financially support the process in the definition of content is guaranteed by the governance structure and the validation processes of the questions.

As the community regularly renews all sets of questions, Partners are invited, like any citizen or organization, to submit new questions, but they may in no way directly impact the content of the platform to serve their own interests.

The Sulitest community is fully autnomous to chose and validate the content of this collaborative tool.

Accepted Limits


The Sulitest platform aims to evolve, to improve regularly and to remain relevant.

It is clear, however, that no Test will guarantee that students, professionals and citizens will behave responsibly and make ethical choices. Anyone can have knowledge about issues that are critical to society and the environment and choose not to act or even take advantage of the situation in a non-ethical way. In the same vein, knowledge of the issues does not imply knowledge about possible ethical actions.

We recognize and explicitly accept the epistemological limitations of this tool, but are convinced of its potential in terms of the common good and education for sustainable development. Sulitest is a potentially powerful tool to increase awareness of urgent issues and the need to act to promote sustainable development.

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