General Terms of Use

General Terms of Use

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The present general conditions are intended to define the terms of access and use of the portal on higher education and the promotion of sustainable development (HESD), hereinafter referred to as “the HESD portal”.

The HESD portal allows the user to access a variety of information on the promotion of higher education for sustainable development, including the actions undertaken by the institutions of higher education worldwide.

Access and/or use of the HESD portal automatically imply unconditional acceptance and respect of all the terms and conditions described in this agreement.

Any user who refuses all or part of these general conditions is invited to give up the use of the portal.

The website

Sitemap currently under construction and is published by:

International Association of Universities (IAU) / International Bureau of Universities (IBU)
1, rue de Miollis – 75732 Paris Cedex 15
Tél: +33 1 45 68 48 00
Secretary General: Hilligje van't Land
The IAU is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1950 and affiliated with UNESCO.


The HESD portal is hosted by OVH -
The domain name of the portal is hosted by OVH -

OVH - SAS with a capital of 10 000 000 €
RCS Roubaix – Tourcoing 424 761 419 00045
Code APE 6202A
VAT N°.: FR 22 424 761 419
Head Office: 2 rue Kellermann - 59100 Roubaix - France.


User: The user is any person who uses the Website or any of the services offered on the HESD portal.
User content: The term "User content" means the data transmitted by the user in the various sections of the Website.

Access to the service

The portal is available free of charge to any user with access to the Internet. All costs associated with access to the portal or relating to hardware, software or Internet access are exclusively the responsibility of the user. The latter is solely responsible for the proper functioning of computing equipment as well as for access to the Internet.
The IAU reserves the right to modify, restrict or remove the HESD portal or any part of its content, at its sole discretion and in any form whatsoever.
The IAU reserves the right to deny access, at its sole discretion and without notice, to all or part of the HESD portal and/or to one or more users. .

Intellectual property

Use of the acronym, the logo and/or the domain name of the HESD portal must be expressly authorized by the IAU. This authorization must be requested in advance, in writing, and must be implemented and executed in accordance with the terms and conditions specified, including visual, duration and scope.

IAU Privacy Policy (as of 25 May 2018)

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in Europe on 25 May 2018. More information on this new regulation is available here.

The GDPR provides individuals with opportunities to control how personal information is being used and sets obligations. 

In accordance with GDPR, we are in the process of developing a new Privacy Policy. IAU policy statements are to be submitted for adoption by the IAU Administrative Board, which will next meet at the IAU International Conference in Kuala Lumpur in November 2018. 

For more information about data collection by the server host, please see here. 

Cookie Policy


This website uses cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of the Website. This helps us to provide you with a high-quality experience when you browse the Website and also allows us to improve the Website. We use cookies to analyze the flow of information; customize the services and content; measure promotional effectiveness; and promote trust and safety. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use our website.


The information contained in the HESD portal is presented for information purposes. It constitutes the content of the HESD portal. The IAU allows the users of the HESD portal only to share this information and download documents for personal and non-commercial use. In accordance with Law N° 78 - 17 of January 6, 1978, relating to computers, data processing files and freedoms, you have the right to oppose, access, and modify data relating to you. You can ask, on simple request to the webmaster, that the information about you which is inaccurate, incomplete, ambiguous, misleading, out-dated, or whose collection, use, disclosure or storage is prohibited, be rectified, completed, clarified, updated or deleted.


Site content is delivered "as is." The HESD portal contains information, documents and materials from various sources of information. The IAU does not vouch for the accuracy or completeness and neither the reliability of this information. The user uses it at his/her own risk.


To the portal
Any external website may provide a hyperlink to the HESD portal or any of its pages without the need to seek permission.

From the portal
The HESD portal offers, for convenience, a series of hyperlinks to web sites published and/or managed by third parties, in particular higher education institutions including IAU members. The IAU has no control over these external resources. Also the user acknowledges that the IAU assumes no responsibility for the availability and content of these resources.

Evolution of this agreement

The IAU reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices of this agreement at any time. It is therefore recommended that the user regularly consult the latest version of the General terms of use available on the site