The UN Agenda 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address global challenges, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, sustainable cities and communities, and life on land and in water. At the regional level, South Asia’s economic dynamism has triggered social and ecological transformations that are rapid, profound, and unbalanced. These changes have often occurred at the cost of environmental degradation, significantly affecting poor and marginal communities.
The premise of K2A is that cutting-edge research can promote SDGs if we connect academic knowledge to “real world promotion requirements.” These connections will:
- Valorise voices from local communities, indigenous knowledge and local sense-making of social and environmental transformations
- Train regional leaders on the promotion of SDGs
- Facilitate learning from local and regional engagements
- Promote science advisory mechanisms that inform policy
- Support arts-based communication that promote SDGs
- Develop interdisciplinary approaches and transdisciplinary research proposals
- Link K2A activities with domestic policies since each country has specific plans to achieve SDGs.
To achieve these goals, we organize diverse activities: