World Hub SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
Western Sydney University has been designated as the global hub for its international leadership in reducing inequalities by the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).
The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) network is an initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realisation of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.
In 2018 the UN announced partnerships with 17 universities around the world to serve as centres to promote scholarship and best practices around each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDGs). WSU has been designated as the global hub for SDG 10 ‘to reduce inequality with and among countries’.
About SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
“Inequality within and among nations continues to be a significant concern despite progress in and efforts at narrowing disparities of opportunity, income and power.” - United Nations (opens in a new window)
Improving Livelihoods in India: Marvi
Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention
MARVI (opens in a new window) is being adopted by the Government of India and the World Bank to support the implementation across seven states to enable the more effective and efficient use of groundwater and improved livelihoods.
International Human Rights Conference
In November 2018 the University hosted the 9th International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) led by Professor Sev Ozdowski AM, Director, Equity and Diversity. The conference was attended by over 380 delegates and speakers from around 50 countries.
ICHRE provides an opportunity for participants to learn about the latest research, practices and trends in human rights education for application to their ongoing work. It also strengthens their practical knowledge and skills and fosters contacts and networks to facilitate partnerships and collaboration. The Conference developed a Sydney Declaration on Human Rights Education to strengthen civil society as an agent for positive change.
Why this matters: SDG 10.3 Target:
“Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard.”.
Youth for the Goals: The Asia-Pacific SDG Youth Challenge
Empowering youth across Asia Pacific the Asia-Pacific SDG Youth Challenge is an exciting and unique youth led initiative focussed on delivering the SDG’s at a local level. Conceived by RCE youth leaders at Western Sydney University and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia the Challenge uses a peer-peer learning model coupled with virtual mentoring support to empower and enable youth leaders to engage with each other and to deliver grassroots projects that matter to them and their communities.
The Youth SDG Challenge for 2019 commenced in February with a focus on SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities. Projects for 2019 include clean-ups, photography workshops, youth/school conferences and workshops, technological and app innovations, registered training courses and disability e-sports. You can find out more about the Youth SDG Challenge for 2019 (opens in a new window) in this video.In total, 10 individual youth-led sustainability projects were delivered across the globe from youth in America, Mexico, India, Malaysia, Australia and South Korea. This year they collectively engaged over 10,500 individuals.
Widening Participation at WSU
Access to and participation in higher education (opens in a new window) is widely seen as way to reduce inequality. For more than 25 years, WSU has been committed to widening participation in and access to university education, resulting in a continuous rise in the number of students from non-traditional backgrounds.
The most successful activities are those that have a ‘generational’ impact, making the children of first-generation higher education students more likely to consider further education. Priority student groups include: low SES backgrounds; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; Pacific Islander backgrounds; women (studying in non-traditional areas); non–english speaking backgrounds and new and emerging communities (refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds).
Why this matters: SDG 10.2 Target
“By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status”.
Weathering the Storm: The Case for Transforming the Hunter Valley
Image - Dr Jason Reynolds – Field trip Science of the Anthropocene
The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is the heart of Australia’s thermal coal industry and the local economy is deeply rooted in coal mining and exports. Thus, the economic future of the region is intimately bound up with global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change. Researchers from the School of Business, Dr Neil Perry and Dr Gillian Hewitson, conducted research that looked at 2 varying futures (business as usual or diversification) and found that there are far-reaching risks to the region with no preparation for global coal decline. Read the full report Weathering the storm: The case for transformation in the Hunter Valley.
With world action to implement the Paris Agreement climate change goals and the UN Sustainable Development goals, the Hunter is at serious risks if the region does not prepare for the global changes that are underway. Over 5,000 jobs and $700M in wages and salaries could be lost if predicted global declines in coal occur.