The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched by a UN Summit in New York on 25-27 September 2015 and is aimed at ending poverty in all its forms. The UN 2030 Agenda envisages “a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination”. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and international human rights treaties and emphasizes the responsibilities of all states to respect, protect and promote human rights. There is a strong emphasis on the empowerment of women and of vulnerable groups such as children, young people, persons with disabilities, older persons, refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. The agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and their 169 targets, aim at eradicating poverty in all forms and “seek to realize the human rights of all and achieve gender equality”.
Sustainable Development Goal17(SDG17) is about building strong global partnerships and cooperation. For a development agenda to be successfully implemented, inclusive partnerships (global, Persian Gulf region, national and local) must be built on principles and values, as well as on a shared vision and goals that focus on people and planet first.
Many countries require official development assistance to promote growth and trade. Even so, aid levels are declining, so multi-country support for aid commitments must be sought. Now more than ever, strong international cooperation is needed to ensure that countries that have the means to recover from the pandemic build back better and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) leads the nation’s international development cooperation agenda. The UAE Foreign Assistance Policy for 2017 – 2021 provides the strategic direction of the UAE’s support to developing countries in their quest to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, strengthening universal peace, empowering women and protecting girls, improving infrastructure and transportation, and government effectiveness, as outlined in the 17 SDGs.
The Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has a strong commitment to supporting these sustainable goals, so the university has compiled information and built a series of Sustainability reports containing the university's efforts with respect to each of the 17 different goals.
Major international initiatives have been generated that seek to provide support on this path to sustainability, and offer methodologies or guidelines with which to rigorously and transparently develop their actions and how they impact society.
CUD seeks to integrate sustainability into the management inside and outside the university by supporting not only research but also collaborations with different organizations and the realization of events that help in the process of achieving the objectives, this document corresponds specifically to SDG16 which deals with Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.