Universities are powerful engines of societal change. As a leading research-intensive institution, Queen’s University is committed to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Through research, teaching, and community impact, we are helping to solve the world's most urgent challenges – from climate change to food insecurity and affordable healthcare. We also recognize that innovation, ingenuity, and collaboration are needed if we want to achieve these goals, which have united us all in a common global purpose.
In 2023, for the third straight year, Queen's has ranked among the global top 10 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, an international ranking of universities that are advancing the UN SDGs within and beyond their local communities. Queen's placed third worldwide and first in North America out of over 1,700 universities in 115 countries.
“Impact – making a tangible difference in the lives of others – is our legacy and our shared vision for the future.” – Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University
UN SDGs: How we are meeting them
Across the Queen’s community, much of our research, teaching, outreach and stewardship activities are directly tied to the 17 SDGs and their targets. Click on any of the 17 SDGs below or view our annual reports to find out more about how the Queen’s community is helping to advance these global goals and achieve social impact.