UN Global Sustainable Development Goals – Join in!

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit has been and gone setting out an agenda for the next 15 years for Global Sustainable Development. 17 Goals have been laid out and we want Greenwich to take part by spreading the word of these goals across the University and beyond.

This initiative has been endorsed by the University’s Sustainability Management Board as a programme that will engage all staff and students to help them better understand and help meet these key goals in their teaching, research, studies and work.

“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.” UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform


Goal 1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6 – Ensure availability of water and sanitation for all

Goal 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15 – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

To raise awareness of the UN Global Goals we would like you to join in by taking a photograph demonstrating which goal is particularly close to your heart.

The Avery Hill Edible Garden is supporting Goal 2

All the photos will be collected over the autumn term and presented in December in an online exhibition. We will also be adding the photos as they come in to this webpage.

Submit you photos as an individual or as a group/team to sustainability@gre.ac.uk or tweet your picture to @Sust_Greenwich

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