United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone.

Universities have enormous potential to help ensure the SDGs are achieved by 2030. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include alleviating poverty, protecting the environment, providing affordable and clean energy, fostering innovation, building sustainable cities and communities, and tackling climate change. The role of universities in sustainable development extends beyond teaching and research. We also contribute through our operations, governance, policy and practice, and through partnerships and engagement with our communities.

Achieving these goals requires action to be taken on a number of levels. This includes equipping future leaders and innovators with the knowledge to initiate change, executing research that works with industry and community to find solutions to global challenges, and ensuring our campuses are environmentally sustainable and inclusive.

Throughout our global network, the University of Wollongong (UOW) works together with industry, research partners, governments, communities and other universities to provide solutions to society’s critical economic, environmental, social and health challenges. UOW’s transformative work was recognised in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2020, where we were ranked 31st in the world based on our success in delivering outcomes addressing the SDGs.

If you have a UOW initiative or project you'd like to contribute please email sdgs-uow@uow.edu.au.

UOW Sustainable Development Goals Report

The SDG Report outlines many of the University’s activities and initiatives that have contributed to the UN’s SDGs in recent years. This publication showcases who we are and our commitment to sustainability.

Read the SDG report

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

UOW is a member of the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The University’s responsibility to these goals starts with our own workplaces and practices and carries through to our teaching and research and out to the communities and partners we collaborate with.

SDSN website

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