• To provide a strategic platform for the mainstreaming of environment and sustainability concerns into university systems across the world,

and to facilitate inter-university networking on sustainability issues with emphasis on South-South and North-South tertiary partnerships;

• To build, through university education systems, a professional capacity and leadership needed for the prevention of and responses to environmental issues, risks and associated sustainable development;

• To contribute to revitalizing the global higher education system and enabling it to address current sustainable development challenges with emphasis on UNEP’s six thematic priorities;

• To contribute to the knowledge generation within UNEP’s six priority thematic areas and other contemporary environmental and sustainability issues, risks and challenges;

• To optimize development opportunities provided by ecosystem services in a sustainable manner in line with the principles of “Green Economy” and in the context of sustainable development;


• To help prepare the world for the projected impacts of global climate change, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances and hazardous wastes, as well as to assist in reversing and mitigating these and other negative environmental and sustainability trends.