Being sustainable means, above all, commitment. A real and sincere commitment with the essence of our personality, but also with the challenges faced by the current world. For this reason, at CEU UCH we align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that aims to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
But with sustainability comes great responsibility. The responsibility to generate, with each of our actions, true value for our students, their families, our employees and our partners. And also, to fulfill the commitments we have acquired with the environment and with society in general.
In order to achieve this, we work daily with people who believe in the same principles as us. And so, together, we make this responsible and sustainable value chain grow: adding, day by day, small links of commitment.
Many of the sustainability-related goals involve a commitment to the others. That is, a commitment to the ones we share our life with and the ones who live nearby, but also with those who are far away and experience a very different reality from ours.
Some of the Sustainable Development Goals promoted by the UN for 2030 revolve around this commitment to the weakest: the eradication of hunger, poverty, the promotion of healthy habits... In order to achieve them, it is necessary to commit to sustainable economic growth, which favours equal opportunities and minimizes inequalities.
Only by caring about people will we be able to build affluent societies. That is why we strive every day to ensure that our students become citizens and professionals committed to generating an inclusive economy and promoting human rights.
The Copenhagen Declaration for Social Development already established in 1995 the defining characteristics that the societies of the 21st century should have: transparent, plausible, comprehensible and fair. The commitment at that time, signed by 186 countries, was to create, from the perspective of social integration, a more cohesive and dynamic environment in which equality between groups, productive employment and economic change should be promoted.
In 2020, social development is still progressing slowly and irregularly even in Western societies, and therefore it is still necessary to promote fair activism and effective research in all fields. Because an equal society is also a participatory society which provides expertise, ideas and tools to achieve the final objective of the 2030 Agenda - that no one in our world is left behind.
Overpopulation, forest policies, intensive agriculture or the rise of megacities are some of the trends that are putting the world economy to the test. But what should really concern us is the consequences: an exponential increase in CO2 emissions, increase in the global average temperature, species extinction or sea pollution are putting our survival to the test.
For this reason, a social reflection on the responsible use of natural resources is necessary. Because individual efforts and collective responsibility for sustainability also create value and not just for our planet. But also, for the people who inhabit it.
Everybody recalls the words of Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize, on the value of teaching: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Fighting for a better world implies fighting also for global and equal education. In fact, achieving quality education is the fourth Sustainable Development Goal established by the UN.
The basis for improving the future of people is education, especially of those who are in situations of vulnerability. Education transforms lives, contributes to reducing inequalities and empowers those who receive it to face the world and create more respectful and tolerant societies.
We work to train critical thinking professionals in our classrooms, who are capable of committing freely to the creation of a society sustained by the authentic principle of humanism: the value of life. We strive for a sustainable society that offers a future with opportunities for everyone.