UNEP in collaboration with University of Oxford have launched a global network of universities in order to support the prioritisation of nature restoration within the higher education sector; in operations and supply chains, on campuses and within our cities. People in over 400 universities have expressed an interest in joining this network, which will form a major contribution to the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Universities have a substantial role to play in moving urgently from degrading nature to restoring it: our students are our future leaders, we create knowledge and nurture thinkers, and we directly impact the planet as land owners and consumers. Uniting universities for ecosystem restoration therefore has wider impact into our local communities and beyond.

We would now like to ask our network to step up to make a Nature Positive Pledge to become one of the founding universities on a Nature Positive journey before our launch in October 2022.