Sustainability Matters

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The Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015 all UN member states unanimously adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forward as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Created as a set of interconnected priorities and aspirations, the SDGs and their 169 targets are a call to action on the world’s most pressing challenges, such as ending poverty and hunger, climate change, the reduction of inequalities and more.

QS World Rankings

UNSW has ranked joint fifth in the world and first in Australia in the inaugural QS World University Sustainability Rankings for its work in tackling the world’s greatest environmental, social and governance challenges.

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THE 2022 overall top 60

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings measure university progress towards the SDGs and in 2022, UNSW Sydney ranked 55th in the world out of 1,406 institutions, securing 10 top 100 and eight top 50 places.

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Explore UNSW's contributions to the SDGs

SDG 1 No Poverty
SDG 2 Zero Hunger
SDG 3 Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 4 Quality Education
SDG 5 Gender Equality
SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities
SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG 13 Climate Action
SDG 14 Life Below Water
SDG 15 Life on Land
SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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