Sustainable Development Goals

The University and Students' Association signed the Sustainable Development Goals Accord in 2017.

The purpose of the Accord is to inspire, celebrate and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals and the value it brings to governments, business and wider society. This reaffirms the University's commitment to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world. 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, were adopted by the United Nations and world leaders in 2015.  Over the next fifteen years, these will universally apply to all, countries will mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Through its research, learning and teaching, operations and community of staff, students and alumni, the University is committed to delivering these Goals with partners, including the Students' Association, both locally and globally.

As part of its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals Accord, the University will highlight projects and initiatives that directly contribute to each of the Goals. This will be done annually through this report. 

The Sustainable Development Goals resonate with students both in Edinburgh and around the world. Young people and students today are increasingly aware of the need to take urgent action regarding climate change.

They know, more than previous generations know, that whilst individual actions to use less waste, reuse everyday materials and recycle hold importance, we need large organisations and national governments to make swift decisions in order to be able to make a significant difference to the future of our planet.

The University should continue to make a firm commitment to contribute towards these Goals, as it should be a leading institution in Scotland and the world, setting an example and acting in the best interests of its student population. Many of these students are keen environmentalists, campaigning to change policies and create new ones. We have dedicated student societies specifically for this cause, keen to see continuous work on the Goals within the University.”

Georgie HarrisVice-President Community, Edinburgh University Students' Association

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals Accord

Sustainable Development Goal 1: No poverty

No poverty

Sustainable development goal 2: Zero hunger

Zero hunger

Sustainable development goal 3: Good health and wellbeing

Good health and well-being

Sustainable development goal 4: Quality education

Quality education

Sustainable development goal 5: Quality education

Gender equality

Sustainable development goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation

Sustainable development goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Affordable and clean energy

Sustainable development goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Decent work and economic growth

Sustainable development goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Sustainable development goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Reduced inequalities

Sustainable development goal 11: Cities and communities

Sustainable cities and communities

Sustainable development goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Responsible consumption and production

Sustainable development goal 13: Climate action

Climate action

Sustainable development goal 14: Life below water

Life below water

Sustainable development goal 15: Life on land

Life on land

Sustainable development goal 16: Peace, justice and strong instituations

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Sustainable development goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Partnerships for the goals