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Sustainability declined in the achievement of the 17 goals contained in the United Nations' Agenda 2030 is an issue of urgent topicality. It is even more so for academic institutions, challenged in their role as training and research institutions.
The Ticino university pole has made sustainability a strategic priority, as the Rector of USI and the Director General of SUPSI had the opportunity to emphasize during a visit to the SUPSI Campus in Mendrisio by the Sustainable Development Section of the Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE).
"Sustainability is a principle that leads SUPSI since its origins," recalled Director General Franco Gervasoni, "but especially since 2019, sensitivity on this issue has grown. In 2020, the Sustainability Charter was drafted, which led to the integration of the goals of Agenda 2023 into SUPSI's 2021-2024 strategy. This was followed by the publication of the first Sustainability Report: a living document animated by projects and testimonies that give back the sustainability-related projects carried out by SUPSI."
"USI made commitments on sustainable development in its 2021-204 planning. These commitments will be extended in the next planning in which sustainability will become our strategic theme," announced Rector Luisa Lambertini. In spring next year we will inaugurate the 'House of Sustainability' in Airolo. This place for discussion will be complemented by numerous internal initiatives carried out at the institutional level and by the faculties."
The importance of universities in achieving the 17 goals set by the United Nations was also underscored by Daniel Dubas, Delegate of the Federal Council for the 2030 Agenda: "At the global level we are still far from achieving the goals, the challenges are systemic, and it is not easy to unhinge certain constructs. A contribution can come from the education and research sectors. Research must strengthen collaboration the policy at all levels, bringing to attention those knowledges useful for decision-making."
During the meeting at the Mendrisio Campus, the delegation from the federal office had the opportunity to learn about some of SUPSI's sustainability projects as well as the contents of USI's House of Sustainability.
The visit to Ticino continued on Thursday at the USI-SUPSI Campus in Viganello where a morning dedicated to local governments was held with the presentation of Agenda 2030 Toolbox by the Sustainable Development Section of the ARE.