The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 wide-ranging goals adopted in 2015 by UN member states – including Canada – as central to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The SDGs cover an array of objectives including, but not limited to:
- eradicating poverty and hunger
- increasing health and well-being
- achieving gender equality
- advancing climate action and clean energy
- stimulating economic growth and innovation, and
- improving education
While distinct, the goals are interdependent and true progress requires committed action on each and every one. The SDGs also align with Queen’s Strategy, which will see the Queen's community solve the world's most significant and urgent challenges and further its impact in the world.
In reflection of its UN commitment, Canada has asked every segment of society to contribute to advancing the SDGs, calling for leadership, engagement, accountability, and investment on all fronts.
The country’s post-secondary institutions are uniquely positioned to help accelerate this progress in all categories. More broadly, a concerted, strategic approach to advancing the SDGs aligns all participating universities in Canada and abroad toward a common vision. Queen's has also signed on to the University Global Coalition helping to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with higher education institutions around the world. Founded in 2019 by an international group of university leaders, the University Global Coalition (UGC) promotes the incorporation of the UN SDGs into the teaching, research, operations, and partnerships of higher education institutions through a commitment from institute leadership.