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UNESCO honours Hamburg's sustainability initiatives

Prize honours commitment and promotion of sustainable development at university

The Competence Centre Sustainable University (KNU) at the University of Hamburg and the joint HOCH-N project, co-ordinated by the KNU, received the UNESCO World Action Programme “Education for Sustainable Development” award on Wednesday (November 28, 2018). The German UNESCO Commission presented the honour for the University of Hamburg’s commitment to implementing sustainable development. HOCH-N was lauded for promoting sustainable development in all central structures and fields of action of the member universities.

Academic think-tank

Founded in 2011, KNU contributes to the University of Hamburg’s progress towards a “university for a sustainable future”. By doing so, it adheres to the UHH’s mission statement “Innovating and Cooperating for a Sustainable Future” and functions as an academic think-tank for developing and testing new interdisciplinary concepts and procedures.

Sustainability as a leitmotif

Commenting on the honour, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Lenzen, President of the University of Hamburg, said: “For almost ten years, the University of Hamburg has made sustainability its leitmotif. That is why I am particularly pleased that the commitment of KNU and HOCH-N is being recognized. I congratulate the employees on this award”. Since 2016, the HOCH-N project has built up a nationwide network of universities that are committed to the sustainable development of their institutions. More than 100 universities have since joined the network. HOCH-N has received EUR 5 million in funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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