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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.

This year, the University of Wollongong ranked 6th in the world in the Times Higher Education global Impact Rankings.

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.

In 2019, UOW became a signatory to the University Commitment to the SDGs and embedded the goals in our 2020 - 2025 Strategic Plan and KPIs. Throughout our global network, 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.

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Header image: Children from Ambae island, Vanuatu. Vanuatu is considered to be one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural hazards. The University of Wollongong’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) has been working with the Vanuatu Fisheries Department since 2014 to support coastal fisheries development through collaborative research. 


UOW Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

The SDG Report outlines many of the University’s activities and initiatives that have contributed to the UN’s SDGs in 2020. This publication showcases who we are and our commitment to sustainability.

Read the 2020 SDG report
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Subjects and Courses for the SDGs

UOW is actively working towards incorporating the SDGs into our educational offerings. This will ensure that our students are well informed global citizens that can continue to contribute to realising sustainable development throughout their studies and careers by being proactive, responsible global citizens.


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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