New report launched on the contribution of universities to the Sustainable Development Goals

The University of Edinburgh is a contributing institution to a Global Alliance of the world’s universities, colleges and sustainability networks who have launched a new report; ‘Global universities, colleges and students leading delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals’.

599 signatories, 75 endorsing partners representing 6000 institutions, 64 institutions representing 1.28 million students

The new report

Presented at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, the research calls on the UN to better promote the role of higher and further education in all 17 of the SDGs rather than only goal four (Quality Education) and on senior management in universities and colleges to look for innovative ways to increase staff and student capacity to address the SDGs. This research was undertaken by the EAUC, on behalf of the Endorsing Partners.

Read the report

The SDG accord

The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh University Students' Association signed the Sustainable Development Goals Accord at the beginning of 2018, reaffirming the University's commitment to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world.

Read about the University signing the SDG Accord

Our reporting and the SDGs

Our 2016/17 Social Responsibility and Sustainability Annual Report matched the year's achievements against the Sustainable Development Goals.

See how achievements in 2016/17 address the SDGs

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world:

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