In all that we do – in our research, our teaching, on our campuses and in our communities – we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our local and global communities and the planet that we share. At every opportunity we will address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The global goals – vital for our future

Achieving the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 global goals is critical for protecting the future health and wellbeing of humanity and the planet that we share.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets are focusing worldwide efforts to address extreme poverty, heal our degraded planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

The global goals are an urgent call for action. Through your individual actions and our collective efforts to advance planetary health and the SDGs, we are making a difference.

Read about our commitment to the SDGs.

Recent contributions to the goals

Search VU initiatives by goal

Efforts to advance the SDGs towards their 2030 targets are underway across VU’s teaching and research activities, in our campus operations and in our external partnerships. Select a goal to discover examples of  these activities.

VU's SDG impact rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings measure the impact universities across the globe are having on society, through the lens of the SDGs.

In 2021, 1,117 institutions from 94 countries were assessed based on their research, teaching and learning, outreach, engagement and stewardship.

VU was ranked among the top 200 universities worldwide and ranked 10th in the world for SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

The University was ranked 77th for SDG 4: Quality Education, and between 101–200 in the world for SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.

THE impact rankings SDG 16 Peace, Justice & strong institutions 2021 top 10

Join us on the journey

Tell us about your work or idea

Do you have an activity or project that is contributing to the UN SDGs? Or do you have an idea for a research project, an event or other activity that supports one or more of the SDGs? Would you like to partner with VU and join us in championing place-based planetary health and advancing the global goals?

VU is committed to advancing the global goals and their targets in everything we do. If you are a VU student, staff member or one of our existing industry or community partners, we want to hear how your activities are contributing to the SDGs.

You are invited to share your ideas and projects with our planetary health team.

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