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Swansea University hosted a meeting for RCEs based in the UK and Ireland to explore ways of work together to find solutions to sustainability challenges through dialogue, research, education and learning.  

The group considered how we can contribute to the realisation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which address important issues such as climate action, poverty, access to clean water and renewable energy. The meeting itself will be an example of Goal 17 - ‘Partnerships for the goals’ - in action.

The RCEs are part of a UN global network co-ordinated by the UN University, Tokyo. Delegates discussed how we can share our local knowledge, expertise and experiences through the international RCE network, so that we can learn from each other, share good practice and apply those successfully in our own countries and other regions.

Dr Gavin Bunting, Associate Professor in the College of Engineering, and chair of RCE Cymru’s Circular Economy Research and Innovation Group (CERIG) commented that, “at Swansea University we aim to equip our students with the skills, expertise and competences to address global sustainability challenges, such as climate change. We also conduct cutting-edge research into new technologies and ways of working that will help create a sustainable future, from renewable energy to the circular economy. This meeting will enable us to share this expertise and look at how we can collaborate with partners to make a difference at a national and global level”.

Dr Einir Young, Chair of RCE Cymru and Bangor University’s Director of Sustainability said, “RCE Cymru is a great example of partnership between all eight of Wales’ HE institutions. Breaking down silos and collaborating rather than competing is an important feature of a sustainability if we are to address challenges such as good health and well-being, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption and production, sustainable cities and communities and climate change. Pan-Wales groups collaborate on several themes associated with sustainability and well-being of current and future generations and this meeting is an exciting opportunity for identifying how we can extend partnership working within the UK and Ireland and beyond.

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