Declarations and Charters

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is signatory to the following declarations and charters that call for universities to make a strong commitment to sustainability.

Declarations and Charters

Organisation or Event

Main Goal

Agenda 21 (see Chapter 36 'Education,
Public Awareness and Training')


Set in place a range of activities to implement global sustainable development. Advocates a holistic approach to environmental education.

Australian Universities Ecological Development Charter

National Union of
Provide a strong framework to guide
sustainability within Australian universities. Similar in content to the Talloires Declaration.
AVCC Policy on Education
for Sustainable Development

Universities Australia

Commit to education for sustainable
development and acknowledge the leading role played by universities in furthering the goals of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).

Kyoto Declaration on
Sustainable Development

United Nations

Urge universities worldwide to seek, establish and disseminate a clearer understanding of sustainable development. It is recommended
that each university have its own action plan that makes an institutional commitment to the principle and practice of sustainable development.

Sapporo Sustainability

G8 University Summit

Outline the responsibility of universities to contribute towards sustainability and the specific actions they must undertake to fulfil that responsibility. It recognises eight principles concerning the role of universities in global efforts to attain sustainability.

Talloires Declaration

University Leaders for
a Sustainable Future

Outlines a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at
colleges and universities.

The Greenhouse Challenge

Australian Greenhouse

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, waste products and plant and office equipment.

United Nations Decade of
Education for Sustainable
Development (DESD)

UNESCOImplement environmental education globally, for everyone’s benefit, while working to build thecommunity’s capacity to co-create a sustainable
Universitas 21 Statement
on Sustainability
Universitas 21 (U21)Member network of 20 research-led universities that benchmark against each other and commit to progressing global sustainable development in five areas:
  1. research towards sustainable futures
  2. education for sustainability
  3. universities as living laboratories for sustainability
  4. enhancing citizenship and engagement
  5. building capacity through cross-network collaboration and action.
Sustainability Collaboration AgreementRandwick City CouncilEnables UNSW students to access internship and placement opportunities with Randwick Council and for the council to access a number of specialist sustainability activities underway across the University. It facilitates practical student learning and the application of particular areas of research and teaching into on-ground sustainability related projects or strategy areas being delivered through Council programs.