In 2018, the CRUE (Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities) approved the declaration "The commitment of Spanish universities to the 2030 Agenda". The text begins by saying:
Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development constitutes an opportunity, as well as a demand, to respond to the world's challenges. The diversity and severity of the problems that put the planet and humanity at risk make it necessary to act based on in-depth knowledge of these challenges and their interdependent nature. The comprehensive principle of the Agenda calls directly on universities. A transformative reading thereof urges us to review and redefine the university as a whole: its mission, its institutional framework, its policies and its activities, in order to put sustainable development at the heart of its decisions and activity, and progress towards enhanced coherence between universities' internal and external policies. This comprehensive nature is one of the elements that bestows Agenda 2030 with the potential to transform, enabling universities to take responsibility for the building of a world that is committed to sustainable, inclusive development and to justice, dignity and equality, thereby responding to the challenges the global context poses for universities and for international society as a whole.
Declaration of the Conference of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE, from the Spanish): THE COMMITMENT OF SPANISH UNIVERSITIES TO AFENDA 2030 (2018)
Service-Learning is known to intrinsically entail to contribute to the fulfillment of SDG 4 (Education) and 17 (Alliance). However, it is also necessary to underpin and deepen its contribution to all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This is the main purpose pursued by the X National and IV International Conference of University Service-Learning, that is:
What is the University Service-Learning doing to achieve the Agenda 2030?
Five years after the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development (2015) was approved by the UN, it is necessary to search for answers.
The university institutions are directly questioned by the SDG, and the University Service-Learning, which is also driven by them, is called upon to engage with them.
For this reason, the X National and IV International Conference University Service-Learning, intends to be an opportunity to analyze and reflect on what has been done, what is being done and where to address our efforts.
The current Conference is organized as its predecessors, where the concern and presence of the Agenda 2030 have already been glimpsed. While the VIII Conference held in Seville (2017) defined among other objectives "Bringing the University into line with the objectives of the Agenda 2030 adopted by the UN General Assembly”, the central objective posed in the IX Conference (Madrid 2018), was "Promoting Service-Learning as a tool of high pedagogical and social value that not only improves professional training, but contributes to the construction of a global citizenship”.
Considering these references two features that substantially condition the current edition are implied: on the one hand, understanding that the contextualization of the Agenda 2030, about sustainable development or about the construction of a committed citizenship, has already been overcome and, on the other hand, proposing the next step to be taken, favouring advancement and working efficiently on these challenges and demands of the global agenda.
Therefore, it is required that those who are conducting research on S-L, those who are implementing S-L, and those who are responsible for incorporating S-L into the university structure and policy, are called upon to analyse and reflect on what and how the achievement of S-L is being done in a significant and appropriate way.
University Service-Learning X has been defined by two challenges since its inception: on the one hand, the ambition to fulfill one of the wishes expressed in the meetings of the Network, which refers to the need to try to make the conference a space where both the universities and the external agents with whom alliances are forged converge; and, on the other hand, to comply with the demand of coherence in the idealization, management and implementation of the conference with respect to meeting sustainability criteria.