Presentation Letter

The Sustainable Development and Eradication of Poverty Chair is the outcome of the collaboration between the University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F).

The main objective of this URJC Chair, which is the first to be specifically created to deal with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), is to contribute towards the attainment and strengthening of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, from an academic perspective.

This web page serves to provide information on achievements, the ground covered, good practices and also the activities carried out by various development players (international organizations, governments, universities, civil society and the private sector) towards getting the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG) approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015. The 17 sustainable goals are aimed at promoting the conditions necessary for ensuring sustainable development through economic growth, social inclusion and the protection of the environment.

Our role centres not only on contributing to making headway concerning these objectives which affect world leaders, civil society, the youth, enterprises, but also to disseminating information on all the relevant aspects and dimensions of the mentioned goals, with a view to fostering scientific reflection and debate and also to promoting the consolidation of these basic principles for the future of humanity.

Although this chair is based at the URJC, due to the global nature of the issue, it will be coordinating its work with other universities and research teams worldwide.

The principles on which our academic, teaching and research activities are based are as follows:

  1. To ensure our activities fall within the framework of the guiding principles of the United Nations. Accordingly, the enforcement of International Law, upholding and respecting Human Rights, as well as economic and social development constitute the pillars of our approach.
  2. To foment and promote not only the exchange of ideas, at the international level, between teaching staff and researchers, but also among government leaders, enterprises and civil society through courses, seminars and other teaching and research activities, which will always focus on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In short, galvanise an action plan, which is the outcome of one of the broadest consultation processes in the history of the United Nations.
  3. To contribute, through studies, analyses and reports related to the 17 SDG, to the dream of eradicating poverty by 2030 and, at the same time, transform lives while protecting the planet.