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Future Vision

California American University is proud to imagine a future world in accordance with the United Nations' sustainable development goals. CAU seeks to equip its students to transform the world by providing a rigorous Christian education and developing their personal and professional lives. To this end, all CAU faculty, staff, and students share our Chairman's future vision.

Finding Global Solutions to Global Issues

The United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, as outlined in paragraph 54 of United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/70/1 of September 2015, are:

  1. No Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

  2. Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

  3. Good Health and Well-Being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

  4. Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

  5. Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

  6. Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

  7. Affordable and Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.

  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.

  10. Reducing Inequalities: Reduce income inequality within and among countries.

  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

  12. Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

  13. Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.

  14. Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.

  15. Life on Land: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

  16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

  17. Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

About our Chairman

Bruce Knotts

Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Director
Unitarian Universalist Association, International Resources


Bruce Knotts is Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and the Chairman of the CAU Advisory Board. He was born and raised in Southern California, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Pepperdine University and his Master’s Degree in International Education from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, both in California. Bruce was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, then worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia and on a World Bank contract in Somalia before joining the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and joined the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office as its Executive Director at the beginning of 2008.


Interview with WPTV

April 6, 2018

Bruce Knotts on GCTV with Bill Miller

February 17, 2017

Unity in Diversity

March 27, 2016

On Climate Change and the Commit 2 Respond Campaign

March 4, 2015

Challenges in Myanmar: Human Rights and the Role of Interfaith Dialogue

March 4, 2015

Spirituality, Environmental Justice, and Human Rights

November 12, 2011