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UniNEtZ SDG 2 Zero Hunger

Subproject of: UniNEtZ ("Universities and Sustainable Development Goals") - Options Report on the Implementation of SDGs in Austria. (SDG uninetz)

Project Leader
Melcher Andreas, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Lindenthal Thomas, Project Staff
Hundscheid Laura, Project Staff
Bergthaler Daniela, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Centre for Global Change and Sustainability
Institute for Development Research
Funded by
With this motivation, the Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria has developed a joint project under the title UniNEtZ - Universities and Sustainable Development Goals. In this project, the partner institutions take on so-called sponsorships and participations for the SDGs. A sponsorship means that the institution coordinates and compiles all knowledge and activities throughout Austria on the respective SDG. Participation describes the content-related collaboration on a specific SDG. Through these intensive collaborations and professional engagement with the SDGs, all contributions are collected, critically examined and coordinated with each other in order to work on the development of an options paper in the period 2019-2021. This is intended to support the German government in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The options paper to be developed does not represent recommendations for action, but is intended to identify and evaluate options (future-oriented solution paths with their respective consequences). The universities make their know-how available by means of the options paper. Any concrete contribution of the universities to the implementation of the SDGs by Austria is welcome. "Through Austria" means what Austria can do to meet the commitments it has made by signing the SGDs.

In addition, the project focuses on networking between universities and embedding the SDGs in research and teaching. Key requirements for successful contributions to the implementation of the SDGs are: Comprehensive systemic approaches, continuous science-society policy dialogue, and collaborative international and national cross-university collaboration.

The UniNEtZ project pursues the following goals:

Developing a coordinated catalog of options for how Austria can implement the SDGs, taking a systemic view of the SDGs.
Addressing the SDGs in research, teaching, continuing education, responsible science and university management at universities
Creating added value through cooperation and recombination of knowledge.
Interdisciplinary networking within and across universities
Interaction with stakeholders from politics, administration, business and civil society.
Attempt to interact with "the other 50%" (system losers).
Building competence for the issues raised by the SDGs among teachers/researchers and students
Establishment of a coordination office for the WGs and an explicit contact point for stakeholders at universities.
The special feature of UniNEtZ is that academics from diverse disciplines join forces to contribute to the implementation of the SDGs. Just as the SDGs are interconnected in many ways and can only be implemented in an inter- and transdisciplinary manner, UniNEtZ represents a broad spectrum of expertise from social sciences, natural sciences, technology, art and music.
Organic farming; Plant cultivation; Animal husbandry; Agricultural and food biotechnology related ethics; Agroecology; Agricultural economics; Agricultural policy; Agricultural sociology;
Food; Malnutrition; Global Responsibility; Agriculture; Resilience;
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