Sustainability: A critical UNSW priority
What are the SDGs?
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.
What part is UNSW playing in this global effort?
Universities have a critical role in the achievement of the SDGs globally. Our unique position as creators and disseminators of knowledge and as key drivers of innovation, economic development, and societal wellbeing puts us in a position to lead and effect change.
With a proud history as a trailblazer in issues of social justice and social impact since its establishment, UNSW has been strengthening its commitment to the SDGs and to furthering our ambitions and efforts.
More recently we have participated in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking, which measures universities’ achievements against the SDGs from its inception in 2019. We have engaged many members of the UNSW community and our stakeholders in this work.
We have recognised the need to raise awareness of the SDGs throughout the University, and to highlight how much we are already doing that contributes to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To that end, we have developed this website which consolidates the efforts across the University that embody the principles captured in the 17 SDGs.