[A2k] Tech Transfer re Urban Dev: Fwd: Contribute to UN report on Higher Education for Sustainable Urban Development

Seth Johnson seth.p.johnson at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 19:47:18 PDT 2016


Hi all -- I would strongly urge one and all who might be affiliated with an
educational institution to enter quick, short as necessary submissions
(deadline May 2 -- sorry!) and use this occasion to stress the importance
of the public fruits of academia as engines of urban development.  This is
an opportunity to take the present efforts to build up sustainable
development frameworks related to the UN Global Compact, and stress that
the fundamental question of *what it is that is to be sustained* needs to
be based on the pre-Bayh-Dole notion of the mission of the university and
its conception of the nature of public knowledge.

This will have very important effects because the whole Science and
Technology for Development thrust at the UN dates to that time (1980 for
Bayh-Dole and 1977/8 for the Vienna Program on Science and Technology for
Development and the Commission on Technology for Development), and is part
of the framework that has led through the 1992 Sustainable Development
conference to the present day.  Making this point now, when they are
pushing to erect the sustainable dev agenda, thereby encapsulating the
whole thrust in these terms (academic outputs as public goods rather than
in a private frame as developed in transnational modes of governance), lets
you handily put that point resolutely back into the frame, and in a way
that also lets you revisit the Bayh-Dole move.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: SD in Action <dsd at un.org>
Date: Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 11:32 AM
Subject: Contribute to UN report on Higher Education for Sustainable Urban
To: seth.p.johnson at gmail.com

The *Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)*, a partnership
between UN-DESA, UNESCO, UNEP, UN Global Compact's Principles for
Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UNU and UN-Habitat, is
preparing a report on the role of Higher Education for Sustainable Urban
Development, in support in support of 2016 Habitat III Conference
<https://www.habitat3.org/>, which is taking place later this year in
Quito, Ecuador.

The HESI partnership is seeking input to the report from higher education
institutions all over the globe. How to contribute? Sign in to your HESI
account at the Partnership for SDGs online platform
<https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships/hesi>, and click
"Submit Progress Report".

Your higher institution not part of HESI yet? Join now here:

HESI list of supporting institutions:

More on HESI: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdinaction/hesi

For questions, contact Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA, at:

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